Improve Safety - North American Occupational Safety & Health Week

By Matt Wastradowski

North American Occupational Safety and Health Week

Safety is more than the occasional meeting about fire exits or the annual earthquake drill. Safety requires a commitment from every employee in the workplace to minimize risks, reduce hazards, and comply with key standards. Doing so can save lives, prevent injuries, and save millions of dollars every year.

North American Occupational Safety and Health Week (NAOSH Week), May 1-7, 2016, reinforces the importance of safe workplace practices in the United States, Canada, and Mexico.

The goal of NAOSH Week is to “focus employers, employees, partners and the public on the importance of preventing injury and illness in the workplace, at home and in the community.”

How can you improve conditions in your facility? Keep reading for background on occupational safety and the importance of visual communication, as well as training materials and on-site services from Graphic Products.

Know Your History

OSHA was established in 1970 to keep workers safe; in the years since, its standards have saved countless lives and prevented countless injuries.

Our infographic outlines OSHA’s contributions to workplace safety. It covers the conditions that led to the agency’s formation, shows how worker injuries and illnesses have declined over the decades, and calls out a few important standards.

Send the Right Message with Safety Signs

Whether it warns of nearby forklifts, chemical hazards, or dangerous machinery, visual communication plays an integral role in ensuring a safe workplace.

Create OSHA-compliant visual communication with Graphic Products’ Best Practice Guide to OSHA Safety Signs. The free guide shows how to comply with OSHA, ANSI, and ASME requirements; breaks down the key elements of a sign or label; and demonstrates how employers can create custom signs for their workplace.

Our infographic on OSHA safety signs also breaks down ANSI Z535 design standards for clear, effective signage.

Train Employees for a Safer Workplace

Comprehensive training is one of the most effective steps an employer can take for a safer workplace.

Our selection of training materials covers a variety of standards, industries, and environments; it includes construction and industrial training materials, education for healthcare and laboratory settings, and information on working with chemicals and hazardous materials.

Training materials are available as posters, DVD programs, booklets, CD-ROMs, and multimedia kits.

Receive an On-Site Assessment from a Certified Professional

Establishing a culture of safety requires a commitment to educating employees, developing safe practices, and using the proper equipment.

Graphic Products’ Compliance Assessment Services aid these efforts with an on-site analysis meant to increase safety and reduce risk in a given facility. With our thorough analysis, a certified safety professional examines facilities, equipment, ergonomics, chemical storage, and more for compliance and potential vulnerability. Afterward, employers will receive written recommendations for complying with regulations and developing a safety plan.