NAOSH Week to Focus on Transportation Safety

In an ongoing effort to increase public awareness of the importance of workplace safety, the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering and OSHA will present the annual North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week next May.

NAOSH Week 2007 will kick off with a May 7 event at the Department of Labor in Washington, D.C., followed by an ASSE awards ceremony on Capitol Hill.

NAOSH Week 2007 will run from May 6-12. Highlights will include Occupational Safety and Health Professional Day celebrations on May 9 to recognize the ongoing efforts of safety professionals to protect people, property and the environment.

Focus Will Be on Transportation Safety

As transportation-related accidents are the No. 1 cause of on-the-job deaths, NAOSH Week 2007 will focus on all modes of transportation safety.

A tool aimed at preventing motor vehicle injuries is the American National Standards Institute’s (ANSI)/ASSE Z15 Safe Practices for Motor Vehicle Operations Standard, which provides safe motor vehicle operation guidelines including the operational environment; driver considerations; vehicle considerations; and incident reporting and analysis.

During NAOSH Week 2007, NAOSH partners – including the OSHA Alliance Program participants – will distribute educational materials such as the free “Preventing Roadway Crashes” brochure and the NAOSH 2007 poster featuring the winners of the fifth annual ASSE Kids’ Safety-on-the-Job poster contest.

These materials, along with information on how to participate in NAOSH Week, are available on the NAOSH Web site.

In addition, the publication Guidelines for Employers to Reduce Motor Vehicle Crashes – developed by OSHA, the Network of Employers for Traffic Safety and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration – can be found on OSHA’s Web site.

EHS Professionals Make a Difference

While more than 5,000 people die from workplace injuries each year in the United States, ASSE President Donald Jones Sr., PE, CSP, pointed out that millions of people make it home from work safely every day – thanks, in part, to the work of EHS professionals.

“During NAOSH Week, ASSE, its members and its NAOSH partners representing thousands of businesses and workers will provide information to communities, businesses and schools on ways people can stay safe at work,” Jones said.

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