Safe + Sound is a year-round campaign to encourage every workplace to have a safety and health program.

Develop your Safety + Health Program

Overview | Management Leadership | Worker Participation | Find & Fix Hazards

Overview

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the rate of worker deaths and reported injuries in the United States has decreased by more than 60 percent in the past four decades since the Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Act was passed. However, every year, more than 5,000 workers are killed on the job (a rate of 14 per day), and more than 3.6 million suffer a serious job-related injury or illness.

Serious job-related injuries or illnesses don't just hurt workers and their families, but can hurt business in a variety of ways. Implementing a safety and health program, however, can improve small- and medium-sized businesses' safety and health performance, save money, and improve competitiveness.

Safety and health programs help businesses:

  • Prevent workplace injuries and illnesses
  • Improve compliance with laws and regulations
  • Reduce costs, including significant reductions in workers' compensation premiums
  • Engage workers
  • Enhance social responsibility goals
  • Increase productivity and enhance overall business operations
Resources

Safe + Sound Campaign Trifold Brochure

Safe + Sound Campaign Trifold Brochure

Webinar: Three Core Elements of Effective Safety and Health Programs

Webinar: Three Core Elements of Effective Safety and Health Programs

10 Ways to Get Your Program Started

10 Ways to Get Your Program Started

Image of workers of every type with the caption: 10 ways to get your program started.

10 Ways to Get Your Program Started Graphics Zip File

Safety and Health Program Course Offerings

Safety and Health Program Course Offerings

OSHA Safety & Health Program Recommended Practices - Cover

OSHA Safety & Health Program Recommended Practices

ASSP GM - Z10.101-2019 Guidance Manual: Keep Your People Safe in Smaller Organizations - A Guidance Manaual prepared by ASSP. American Society of Safety Professionals

Guidance Manual: Keep Your People Safe in Smaller Organizations

Webinar:  Building a Safety Culture From the Ground Up

Webinar: Building a Safety Culture From the Ground Up

OSHA On-Site Consultation Program

OSHA On-Site Consultation Program

OSHA Region VI Safety and Health Program Presentation

OSHA Region VI Safety and Health Program Presentation

Webinar: Value of Safety and Health Programs

Webinar: Value of Safety and Health Programs

Webinar: Tools for a Successful Workplace Safety & Health Program

Webinar: Tools for a Successful Workplace Safety & Health Program

National Safety Council Safe and Sound Video
Video: Safe + Sound from NSC (English)
Video: Safe + Sound from NSC (Spanish)

Image of the first slide in the Overview Presentation with the text: Recognizing Our Safety Successes

Safe + Sound Overview Presentation (PPTX)

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Management Leadership

Management leadership means there is a commitment from the top to implementing a program and using it to drive continuous improvement in safety and health.

Why Is It Important?

When management leadership is sincere and is supported by actions, workers know that safety and health are important to business success. This means that the steps they take to improve safety and health will be valued by the business.

Top management can demonstrate its commitment in many different ways, including:

  • Developing and communicating a safety and health policy statement.
  • Providing the resources needed to implement and operate the program.
  • Factoring safety and health into operational planning and decisions.
  • Recognizing or rewarding safety and health contributions and achievements.
  • Leading by example, by practicing safe behaviors and making safety part of daily conversations.
Resources

Management Leadership

Be Safe + Sound At Work: Management Leadership

Management Leadership Worksheet – Building Your Case PDF Document

Management Leadership Worksheet – Building Your Case (PDF)

Management Leadership Worksheet – Writing your Policy PDF Document

Management Leadership Worksheet – Writing your Policy (PDF)

Take 3 in 30

"Take 3 in 30" Management Leadership Challenge

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Management Safety Pledge

Making Safety Personal

Making Safety Personal

Safety Walk-Arounds for Managers  PDF Document

Safety Walk-Arounds for Managers

Foundations for Safety Leadership

Foundations for Safety Leadership

Speaking of Safety

Speaking of Safety

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Worker Participation

Effective safety and health programs tap into workers' collective experience, knowledge, and insight in order to find solutions to workplace safety and health challenges.

Why Is It Important?

Workers often know the most about potential hazards associated with their jobs. When they are involved in finding solutions, they feel invested in the program. To maximize participation, however, workers must feel free of any fear of retaliation or discrimination (e.g., for reporting an injury or hazardous conditions).

Workers can participate in many ways, including:

  • Developing the initial program design.
  • Reporting incidents (including near misses) so they can be investigated.
  • Analyzing hazards associated with routine and nonroutine jobs, tasks, and processes.
  • Defining and documenting safe work practices.
  • Conducting site inspections and incident investigations.
  • Training current coworkers and new hires.
  • Evaluating program performance and identifying ways to improve it.
Resources

Worker Participation

Be Safe + Sound At Work: Worker Participation

Worker Participation Worksheet – Inclusion in your Policy PDF Document

Worker Participation Worksheet – Inclusion in your Policy (PDF)

Worker Participation Worksheet – Workers Rights PDF Document

Worker Participation Worksheet – Workers Rights (PDF)

Making Safety Personal

Making Safety Personal

Better Safety Conversations

Better Safety Conversations

Title Slide from Webinar presentation on Employee Perception Surveys

Webinar: Employee Perception Surveys

Recommended Practices for Anti-Retaliation Programs

Recommended Practices for Anti-Retaliation Programs

Safety Climate Assessment Tool (S-CAT)

Safety Climate Assessment Tool (S-CAT)

Safe + Sound Maryland Department of Labor Conducting Self-Inspections in the Workplace

Micro-Learning: Conducting Self-Inspections in the Workplace

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Find & Fix Hazards

At the core of every effective safety and health program is a systematic process for identifying and controlling (i.e., finding and fixing) workplace hazards.

Why Is It Important?

Traditional approaches to finding and fixing workplace hazards are often reactive. Actions are taken only after a worker is injured or becomes sick, a new standard or regulation is published, or an outside inspection finds a problem that must be fixed. Finding and fixing hazards using a proactive approach, before they cause injury or illness, is far more effective.

Workplaces are always evolving as new technologies, processes, materials, and workers are introduced. By adopting a systematic approach, businesses can stay on top of emerging hazards that could lead to injury or illness.

A systematic find and fix approach means:

  • Involving workers, who often have the best understanding of the conditions that create hazards and insights into how they can be controlled.
  • Reviewing all available information about hazards that might be present.
  • Conducting inspections to identify new or emerging hazards.
  • Investigating incidents to identify root causes and potential solutions.
  • Evaluating options using the "hierarchy of controls."
  • Considering how to protect workers during emergencies and nonroutine activities.
  • Checking that existing controls are intact and remain effective.
Resources

Be Safe + Sound At Work: Find and Fix

Be Safe + Sound At Work: Find and Fix

Employer Heat Checklist PDF Document

Employer Heat Checklist (PDF)

Hazard Identification Worksheet – Engaging Workers PDF Document

Hazard Identification Worksheet – Engaging Workers (PDF)

Hazard Identification Worksheet – Hazard Information PDF Document

Hazard Identification Worksheet – Hazard Information (PDF)

Employee Participation in Hazard Identification

Micro-Learning: Employee Participation in Hazard Identification

That Was No Accident! Using Your OSHA 300 Log to Improve Safety and Health

That Was No Accident! Using Your OSHA 300 Log to Improve Safety and Health

Image of the Check on Safety Challenge PDF

Check on Safety Challenge

Walk-Arounds for Safety Officers

Walk-Arounds for Safety Officers

OSHA Hazard Identification Training Tool

OSHA Hazard Identification Training Tool

7 Common Workplace Hazards

7 Common Workplace Hazards

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AIHA - Protecting Worker Health
VPP - Voluntary Protection Programs Participants' Association - The Premier Global Safety and Health Organization
ASSP - American Society of Safety Professionals
OSHA
National Safety Council
CPWR - The Center for Construction Research and Training
NIOSH - National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health