April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month
April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and our roads are the most dangerous they’ve been in years. According to the CDC, motor vehicle crashes are the No. 1 cause of work-related death. Beyond concern for the safety of employees, crashes are also costly to employers. Visit the IEC Safety page for more resources on curbing distracting driving.
Join us along with the NSC in observing Distracted Driving Awareness month this April! Sign up now and you’ll get free access to resources designed to help spread the message that when you’re behind the wheel, your only job is to drive.
National Work Zone Awareness Week (NWZAW)
National Work Zone Awareness Week is happening April 17-21, 2023!
In 2020, 857 people were killed in 774 fatal work zone crashes. This annual event encourages drivers to slow down and stay focused while approaching and passing through a roadway work zone. This year’s theme is “You play a role in work zone safety. Work with us.” Outreach, and educational materials are available at nwzaw.org. View the Promotion Guide and Planning Guide.
OSHA’s Compliance Assistance Resources
As part of our ongoing efforts to promote OSHA’s compliance assistance resources, and in advance of National Small Business Week (April 30 – May 6, 2023), IEC is sharing information about OSHA’s On-Site Consultation Program, which offers no-cost and confidential occupational safety and health services to small- and medium-sized businesses in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and several U.S. territories, with priority given to high-hazard worksites.
OSHA’s National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction
The 10th annual National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction will occur May 1-5, 2023, OSHA’s event poster is now available as a PDF in English and Spanish.
Resources for Planning:
NEW Handouts for Workers:
- Do you have fall prevention resources in other languages? We would love to include them in our Fall Prevention Resources: Other Languages Page. Please send resources to Jessica Bunting: firstname.lastname@example.org
National Stand-By to Prevent Struck-By Incidents:
Struck-by hazards are present on every job site, and include things like falling and flying objects, vehicles and heavy equipment, and swing hazards from cranes. These incidents are the number one cause of nonfatal injuries in construction and the leading cause of death among heavy and civil construction workers, but they can be avoided by careful planning, training, and the use of controls. The NORA Construction Sector Council sponsors this annual event during NWZAW to help employers talk directly to employees about these hazards and provide instruction for preventing incidents. Any workplace can hold a stand-down by taking a break to focus on “Struck-by Hazards” and reinforcing the importance of training and prevention. Outreach and educational materials are available here.