NAOSH Week has concluded. Check back in April 2017 for more info!
North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week happens during the first full week of May every year. 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.
Injury is preventable
Preventable injury in the workplace results in needless pain, time off and loss of income. According to the 2015 Parachute document “The Cost of injury in Canada”, preventable injuries resulted in:
- 231,596 Canadians hospitalized
- Nearly 3.5 million emergency room visits
- More than 60,000 Canadians either partially or permanently disabled
According to Stats Canada Injuries at work (2013), the most common types of injuries sustained at work were:
- Sprains or strains (49.9%)
- Cuts, punctures, or bites (19.2%)
- Broken or fractured bones (8.7%)
What can you do?
- Be aware of your surroundings and the risks associated with your work environment(s)
- Try to keep your mind on what you are doing
- Know your limits (both physical and mental) and don’t be afraid to voice concern when you feel they are being crossed
- If possible, consistently go into work having slept and eaten an adequate amount
- Have regular breaks to stretch, rest and hydrate
- Strengthen your posture with the Straighten Up Alberta program