Spring-time Safety Ideas

A poet once wrote that April is the cruelest month, but it doesn’t have to be. After all, winter is over and spring is upon us (perhaps more as a promise than a fact in some northern states). In many parts of the U.S., April is the month outdoor work begins. New construction picks up, road crews fix potholes and winter wear and tear, and people emerge from their homes and start working in and enjoying their yards. Here are a few spring-time safety ideas to keep in mind:

April 3-7 is National Work Zone Awareness Week. This year’s theme is “Work Zone Safety is in Your Hands.” The goal is to get people to put down their cell phones and pay attention to the important job of driving! You can find more information and a poster you can download and print at: https://ops.fhwa.dot.gov/wz/outreach/wz_awareness.htm.

Now that the ground is thawing, April is a good time to remind your crews to call 811 before they dig! Whether they’re repairing a sewer line or replacing a fence post at home, they should always call 811 before starting to dig. For more information, go to: http://call811.com/.

April 6th is National Alcohol Screening Day. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) started this national effort to identify alcohol dependency and related problems in 1999. As a supervisor, it may feel uncomfortable to ask or encourage employees to get screened. Fortunately, the NIH has some fact sheets you can download and print to help spread the word about the hazards of drinking too much: https://www.niaaa.nih.gov/publications/brochures-and-fact-sheets.

Earth Day is the 22nd of April. Green building isn’t just a fad, there is real value to be found in sustainability, recycling, waste reduction, and energy savings. At home, you and/or your employees can get your hands dirty and plant some trees. You can step-up household recycling efforts—can you shift far enough that your recycling bin weighs more than your garbage bin each week? For more information, go to: http://www.earthday.org/.

Speaking of Earth Day and recycling, here at Safety Meeting Outlines, we do recycle almost all of our scrap paper and cardboard; however, we do not recycle Weekly Safety Meetings. We create a brand new Meeting for every week of every year for our Standard Subscription and Premium Membership products. As a Select Edition Subscriber, you select your Meetings from our curated list of ready-to-use Weekly Safety Meetings so your training always matches your specific training needs.