Since June is National Safety Month. I figured this would be a good opportunity to let you know what it is about.

National Safety Month is an annual month-long observance in the United States each June. During National Safety Month, individuals and organizations participate by making efforts to reduce the leading causes of unintentional injury and death at work, on the road, and in homes and communities. There are four different focuses on making manufacturing safe for workers.

Ergonomics- Ergonomics is a huge concern in the manufacturing industry, particularly because it includes slips, trips and falls, which are a major risk in all workplaces. Leading edge businesses have a comprehensive ergonomics program and regular assessments to stay aware of potential problems and take action before they get worse. This is also where embracing automation can help. Automated design methods can contribute to a safer work environment through a refinement of processes and the potential for virtual testing, which can help identify potential ergonomic hazards.

Safety Training- Safety must be a business-wide priority, reaching workers at every level of the organization. In order to accomplish this, employers must ensure their safety trainings include remote areas, new and experienced employees, and upper management and executive leadership. Leaving managers and executives out of training leaves them uninformed and unprepared, which is a huge mistake. Leaders always need to be involved.

Vehicle Telematics- Driving is the number one cause of death for workers, so it’s a risk employers cannot afford to ignore. Fortunately, the solutions don’t have to be expensive or difficult. If your workers drive on the job, vehicle telematics can be used to monitor driver behavior, giving employers the opportunity to identify risks and reward safe drivers.

Leading Indicators- A final focus area for manufacturing businesses involves rethinking the ways in which they analyze their safety performance. If safety becomes simply a box to check, employers and their workers risk taking shortcuts or avoiding reporting injuries, which creates a cycle where hazards are not identified or resolved and employees are put at risk. Instead, manufacturers should consider developing a unique method to evaluate overall safety performance.