August 5, 2021
US Department of Labor kicks off national Safe + Sound Week, Aug. 9
Weeklong event recognizes effective workplace safety, health programs
WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor encourages the nation's employers to commit to workplace safety and health and join its Occupational Safety and Health Administration in observing Safe + Sound Week, Aug. 9-15, 2021.
A nationwide event that recognizes the successes of workplace safety and health programs, Safe + Sound Week also offers information and ideas on how to keep America's workers safe.
“Each year, millions of workers suffer job-related injuries or illnesses, and thousands die in work-related incidents. These incidents hurt workers and their families, and harm businesses as well,” said Acting Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health James Frederick. “Most importantly, effective safety and health programs save lives and prevent injuries. They also help businesses improve safety and health compliance and avoid the many costs associated with workplace safety and health incidents.”
In 2020, more than 3,400 businesses helped raise awareness about workers' safety and health. Successful safety and health programs can identify and manage workplace hazards before they cause injury or illness, and can increase worker satisfaction, improve productivity and reduce costs associated with workplace injuries.
Participating in Safe + Sound Week is simple. Organizations of any size or in any industry looking for an opportunity to show their commitment to safety can participate. Visit the Safe + Sound website for more information, resources and tools to help plan and promote safety events.
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