National Safety Month
Observed annually in June, National Safety Month focuses on reducing many of the causes of injury and death at work, on the road and in our homes and communities.
Help us spread the word about safety in the workplace and at home by sharing our infographics and web page with your employees, and across your social networks.
Stay safe out there, Texans!
Who is Responsible for Workplace Safety?
Most workplace injuries and fatalities could be prevented with proper safety training and an effective accident prevention plan in place.
Providing for a safe workplace environment is the joint responsibility of employers, employees and the employers’ workers’ compensation insurance company. An effective workplace safety program is beneficial to employers and employees alike.
The business advantage to preventing workplace injuries is clear: It saves money and protects an employer’s work force.
Workplace Safety Resources
Your insurance company has accident prevention services available to you. (The contact information for your insurance company's loss control division can be found on the front of your workers' compensation policy).
Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) Workplace Safety Webpage
These resources are available from some of ICT's Members:
You are Your Home's First Line of Defense
Your home is your sanctuary – a place you should feel safe in. But did you know that there are many hidden hazards in and around your home?
Develop a Plan and Be Prepared for Severe Weather
Every family needs to know what they would do if something bad happens. Disasters happen, often without warning. Taking steps to prepare ahead of time is very important.
Here are some tips for keeping your family safe:
What to Do After a Storm
Summer Safety Tips
Summer is a time for fun and vacations. It is also time to take steps to make sure you and your family have a safe summer.
Summer vacations often involve road trips. Keep safe while on the road. Summer driving tips are available from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. State Farm, an ICT member, has the summer driving tips available here.
Texas summers are often accompanied by extreme heat. Be sure to practice heat safety
For those spending long periods outdoors this summer, and for employers with workers outdoors, there are precautions to minimize the risks that come from the broiling summer temps. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends:
- Working shorter shifts until workers have adjusted to the heat
- Staying hydrated and drinking before you get thirsty.
- Take time to rest and cool down.
- Drink fluids, even if you don’t feel thirsty.
- Wear loose, lightweight clothing and a hat.
- Replace salt lost from sweating by drinking fruit juice or sports drinks.
- Avoid spending time outdoors during the hottest part of the day. UV rays are usually most intense between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
- Wear sunscreen; sunburn affects the body's ability to cool itself.
- Pace yourself when you run or otherwise exert your body.
- Watch out for co-workers exhibiting signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke.
Other summer safety tips can be found here.