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In order to participate in Safe + Sound Week, you should plan activities and events that include at least one, but preferably all three, of the core elements of a successful safety and health program: management leadership, worker participation, and finding and fixing hazards. Below are some ideas for how you can get started. Feel free to customize activities to your organization or create your own activites.

Management Leadership

Management leadership is a demonstrated commitment at the highest levels of an organization to safety and health. It means that business owners, executives, managers, and supervisors make safety and health a core organizational value, establish goals, provide resources, and set a good example. Because managers and workers take their cues from leadership, it's important that all leaders throughout an organization show a visible commitment to safety and health.

Here are a few ways you can show management leadership during Safe + Sound Week. Pick the one that works best for you:

  • Deliver a safety and health message (PDF)
  • Establish a visible presence to promote safety and health (PDF)
  • Formalize and publicize your commitment to safety and health (PDF)
  • Take your commitment to safety and health beyond your organization (PDF)

Learn more about management leadership

Worker Participation

Worker participation is meaningfully engaging workers at all levels in establishing, implementing, evaluating, and improving safety and health in the workplace. This means workers understand they are a valuable partner in making their workplace safer and are encouraged and able to communicate with management about hazards on the job. Workers are the experts when it comes to the tasks they do and the tools and equipment they use, which makes them a key resource for knowledge and innovative ideas that can improve safety and health.

Here are a few ways you can engage your workers during Safe + Sound Week. Pick the one that works best for you:

  • Show you are listening and ask for feedback (PDF)
  • Empower workers with safety and health information (PDF)
  • Recognize workers or teams for contributions to workplace safety (PDF)
  • Partner for safety and health planning (PDF)

Learn more about worker participation

Find and Fix Hazards

A systematic approach to finding and fixing hazards is a proactive, ongoing process to identify and control sources of potential injuries or illnesses. This means establishing procedures to collect and review information about known or potential hazards in the workplace, investigating the root cause of those hazards, and prioritizing hazard controls. Identifying and correcting these hazards before someone gets hurt ensures that workers go home to their families safe and sound after every shift.

Here are a few ways you can find and fix hazards during Safe + Sound Week. Pick the one that works best for you:

  • Spotlight hazards and controls (PDF)
  • Create challenges, contests, and competitions (PDF)
  • Evaluate safety and health processes and systems (PDF)
  • Conduct analyses to identify hazards (PDF)

Learn more about finding and fixing hazards 

Below are fact sheets developed in collaboration with Safe + Sound Week Partners. Select the one that fits your industry to learn more about potential hazards in your workplace and access resources to help you address them.

  • Ammonia Storage and Refrigeration - Ammonia Safety & Training Institute (ASTI) (PDF)
  • Automotive Service and Collision Industry - Coordinating Committee for Automotive Repair (CCAR) (PDF)
  • Baking Industry - Retail Bakers of America (PDF)
  • Construction Industry - Associated General Contractors of Georgia (PDF)
  • Construction Industry - CPWR-The Center for Construction Research and Training (PDF)
  • Construction Industry - National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) (PDF)
  • Framing Contractors - National Framers Council (PDF)
  • Healthcare - American Nurses Association (PDF)
  • Healthcare - The Joint Commission (PDF)
  • Longshoring and Marine Terminals - Signal Administration (PDF)
  • Maintenance and Reliability Support Activities - Society for Maintenance and Reliability Professionals (SMRP) (PDF)
  • Marine Construction - Signal Administration (PDF)
  • Sealant, Waterproofing, and Restoration - Sealant, Waterproofing and Restoration Institute (SWRI) (PDF)
  • Shipyard Employment - Signal Administration (PDF)
  • Upstream Oil and Gas Industry - National STEPS Network (PDF)

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