Planning Your Safety Week

Many construction companies host a Safety Week once a year as a way to refocus and reenergize our commitment to reducing injuries on jobsites. Below are some ideas on how to conduct a successful Safety Week.

Be A Leader In Safety. Join Us In Celebrating Safety Week 2018!

Download Your Toolkit & Activate

Safety Week is a chance to remind everyone of the enormous responsibility we take every day to be safe. The following tools for sponsors, partners and participating companies to bring this year’s campaign, “The Power of Safe Choices” to life across job sites, offices and in the community will be available in March 2018.

  • Download the Social Media Toolkit for ideas on ways to spread the Safety Week message on your company’s social media channels. Be sure to join the conversation, tagging Safety Week posts with #safetyweek. You can also find updated Safety Week graphic materials here.
  • Looking for specific activities you can do with your teams? This is a great opportunity to remind your teams about all aspects of jobsite safety. Download the Toolbox Talks and Event Ideas Guide for ideas and activities you can share during team meetings, daily huddles or at Safety Week events.
  • The Media Relations Toolkit can help you engage local media in your community to let them know about any public-facing events or initiatives your company is doing. We also have news release templates and PR guidance to help.

Engage Your Team

Although safety is a topic that goes beyond one week, Safety Week is a great opportunity to remind your team about the little things that can keep everyone safe.

Key topics for each day of the week will be available soon. These can be covered in morning team meetings or through special activities. Stay tuned for topic ideas for Safety Week 2018: The Power of Safe Choices.

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Commit to Safety

We each have a role in safety – regardless of position, title or our daily responsibilities. There are simple steps we must take to demonstrate our commitment to our employees’ safety, the safety of job sites throughout our companies, and the safety of our communities.

Every year, we encourage sponsors, partners and participants to come together for safety by:

  • Construction leaders committing to safety
  • Evaluating safety performance
  • Review jobsite safety
  • Make a safety pledge

Leaders Commit to Safety

Demonstrate a top-down safety commitment by empowering your organization’s leadership and management to visit jobsites during Safety Week, and equipping them to start a safety conversation with the workers and supervisors on site every day. This involvement could include:

  • Attend safety-specific meetings: safety committee meetings, morning safety briefings, etc.
  • Complete a jobsite safety audit/inspection.
  • Talk to foreman and crew members. Ask safety-specific questions such as:
    • What are we doing well?
    • What can we do better? How can we do so?
    • Do you feel safe on the jobsite?
    • What does Safety Week mean to you?

Safety Performance Evaluation

Spend Safety Week, in addition to other times of the year, evaluating safety performance across the job site.

  • Have the project team assess where they feel the project is in terms of safety performance (non-compliant, compliant, good practice, best in class). Focus on items like:
    • Safety Culture
    • Employee Competency/Training
    • Communications – Best Practices, Incident Reviews, etc.
    • Controls/Compliance with Regulations
    • Subcontractor Performance/Evaluation
  • Develop actions plans to reach “best in class” status. Engage craft personnel to join in this effort as well.

Jobsite Safety Reviews

In addition to reviewing safety performance, spend time double-checking jobsite safety. This includes:

  • Review Corporate Policies: Disciplinary Policy, fire safety requirements, etc.
  • Review Training Requirements
  • Hold Emergency Response Drills
  • Invite emergency response teams (Fire Department, Police, EMT, local response teams etc.) to come on site to assess emergency response protocols specific to that jobsite.
  • Review Safety Documents: Emergency Action Plans, Environmental Aspects, Jobsite Safety Analyses, Required Inspections
  • Perform a Safety Rollback
  • Include site housekeeping, cord/tool inspections, rigging inspections and proper storage, assured grounding inspections, PPE inspections, fire safety inspections.

Safety Pledges

Safety Week is a perfect time to make an annual safety pledge. This includes company leaders, employees and craft workers. Company leaders should start by asking themselves:

  • How engaged am I currently in company safety programs?
  • How can I increase my engagement levels with the project teams?
  • How can I engage more to make a difference to our workers’ safety?
  • Does our company empower me to make a difference in workplace safety?

After considering these questions, make a pledge to commit to something in 2018 that you believe will make a difference to your own personal safety performance, something that will improve your project’s safety performance and help provide an injury-free workplace. Create action plans to follow through on your commitments, and communicate your commitment and action plans to jobsite employees. Ask for their feedback to help strengthen the plan.

We also call on all employees and workers to make a safety pledge. Share your safety pledge with us on social media. It can include:

  • Why safety matters to you.
  • What steps you take to make sure you are safe every day.
  • What you do to make sure colleagues are safe every day.
  • How you and your family work together to stay safe every day.