June is National Safety Month! Nutrien takes the safety of our partners into consideration for every element of our operations. We want your safety to go beyond your workplace, too!
National Safety Month was established in 1996 to increase awareness of the leading safety and health risks and ultimately decrease the number of unintentional injuries and deaths in the United States.
There are a number of ways that the National Safety Council encourages us to stay safe wherever we go. They break down their safety lessons into three categories: Work Safety, Driving Safety, and Home Safety. While specific risks are dependent on each situation, there are some common actions you can take to stay safe no matter where you are.
Evaluate Your Situation for Risk
Workplaces are often governed by entities like OSHA, who, in the US, set standards for how to keep employees safe at your place of business. Companies are subject to inspections that determine if these guidelines are being followed.
In the same way, you can evaluate your home and your driving habits periodically to stay mindful about safety risks and hazards. Make sure to read up on owners manuals of electronics you own, check that safety equipment like fire extinguishers are current, and make emergency plans with your family.
Don’t Get Distracted!
Distracted drivers are 4 times more likely to be involved in a crash than those who are focused on the task at hand. There are laws in 32 countries (and growing!) that have banned the use of handheld devices while driving.
In the same way that you should focus on driving instead of texting, you should also stay focused on any project you are working on, especially if they involve heavy equipment or power tools. Whether it’s by our cell phones or conversations, being distracted can lead to accidents in any situation.
Be Aware of Harmful Substances
One of the leading causes of accidental death in the home is poisoning. This is partially due to the rise of opioid addiction and misuse, but it can also include cleaners, carbon monoxide leaks, and other chemicals found in buildings of all types.
Learn about the dangers and signs of different harmful chemicals in your environment. Maintain specific areas where you keep dangerous materials that are only accessed by certain people in your family or work team. Just like you would have a locking medicine cabinet to keep prescriptions out of the reach of children, treat hazardous chemicals in the workplace and at home in the same manner.
There are many other ways you can improve the safety of your environment for yourself, coworkers, and your family. Consider taking a first aid or CPR course the next time one is offered locally, and study up on the resources offered on the National Safety Council’s website during the month of June!