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 2017!
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Safety Week is a chance to remind everyone of the enormous responsibility we take every day to be safe. Here’s where you will find tools that can help bring Safety Week to life in your company, on your jobsites and in your community.
- 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? Safety Week 2017 focuses on hand safety, with a new topic each day. 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.
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. This year’s Safety Week focuses on hand safety, and each day of the week focuses on one aspect of hand safety. You can add other safety tips as needed.
Here are the key topics for each day of the week. These can be covered in morning team meetings or through special activities.
Mon, May 1 – Hand Injury
Tues, May 2 – Analyze the Hazards
Wed, May 3 – Types of Gloves
Thurs, May 4 – Teamwork & Incident Response
Fri, May 5 – First Aid
We are also planning a variety of Safety Week signature events at these locations. Be sure to follow us on social media to participate.
- Florida Department of Transportation – Thursday, May 4, 10a.m.: I-295 Express Lanes project in D2.
- Infrastructure Ontario – Monday, May 1, 9 a.m.: A Safety Week kick-off breakfast at Etobicoke General Hospital. Wednesday, May 3, Noon: Safety Week lunch at Credit Valley Hospital.
- LA Metro – Thursday, April 27, 11:45 a.m.: Press conference immediately following board meeting at Union Station. Additional events planned for Monday, May 1 at Martin Luther King Station for the Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project and Thursday, May 4 at Wilshire/La Brea Construction Staging Yard for the Purple Line Extension Project.
- Hudson Yards, New York City, in partnership with Related Companies – Wednesday, May 3: Safety Fair, Hudson Yards, New York. (Note, this is a closed event – no media invited.)
Company Leaders Personnel Project Visits
- In an effort to show top-down safety commitment, management personnel should make safety-specific visits to each jobsite throughout the week.
- Attend safety-specific meetings: safety committee meetings, morning safety briefings, etc.
- Complete a jobsite safety audit/inspection.
- Have safety-specific discussions with foremen and other crew members. Solicit feedback from them. Ask 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
- 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
- Use Safety Week to come up with actions plans to reach “best in class” status – engage craft personnel to join in this effort as well.
Jobsite Safety Reviews
- 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.
- Company leaders should make a project-specific and Personal Commitment Pledge
- Ask yourself these basic questions:
- How engaged am I currently in company safety programs?
- Can I increase my engagement levels with the project teams?
- Can I make a difference to our workers’ safety by engaging more?
- Does our company empower me to make a difference in workplace safety?
- After considering these questions, make a pledge to commit to something in 2017 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.
- Communicate your commitments and action plans to jobsite employees. Ask for feedback.