The first full week in May is North American Occupational Safety and Health Week (NAOSH Week), focusing on the importance of workplace safety in the prevention of serious injuries and illnesses. Although some industries in the U.S. are more dangerous than others, no workplace is completely free from hazards – making workplace safety an important issue for every U.S. worker.
Organizations participating in NAOSH Week include the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE), and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
In 2011, according to a study by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 4,609 U.S. workers lost their lives in workplace accidents. On average, 13 people a day die on the job, and hundreds more suffer injuries or occupational illnesses that result in lost time at work, lost productivity, and other life-altering disabilities and situations. Workplace safety measures protect not only workers on the job, but also the bottom line of businesses, which can’t afford losses in productivity during tight economic times.