Employers throughout North Carolina, regardless of the industry they are in, should know that OSHA has designated August 12 to 18 as Safe + Sound Week. This is a nationwide safety event held every year in the effort to raise awareness of workplace safety and help employers find systematic ways to identify and eliminate hazards.
OSHA has resources available that can assist employers with the creation of a safety and health program. The OSHA website has a Safe + Sound section that's loaded with these resources, including a brochure on common workplace hazards, instructions on how to conduct a safety walk-around and a list of OSHA training programs. There is also an archive of activities from previous Safe + Sound Weeks.
At the regional level, there are organizations like the OSHA Training Institute Education Center in Dublin, Calif., that offer various resources. The education center is offering training on OSHA 7205 Health Hazard Awareness, which covers chemical, physical and ergonomic hazards.
Even those employers that have safety and health practices in place may be able to fine-tune their approach by reviewing these training materials. Workers are encouraged to participate as well and show their commitment to safety.
There are many ways a worker can be injured on the job. For example, they could slip, trip or fall from a great height. Others may be exposed to harmful chemicals. Such accidents can form the basis for a workers' compensation case, but a victim may want to hire a lawyer before filing for benefits. Though victims do not need to prove anyone's negligence, some employers may attempt to deny benefits.