National Safety Month focuses on reducing leading causes of injury and death at work, on the road and in our homes and communities.
Ameristar joins the National Safety Council (NSC) and thousands of organizations across the country as we work to raise awareness of what it takes to Keep Each Other Safe.
The National Safety Council has been a champion for workplace safety for more than 100 years. Their goal is to educate employees and employers about the importance of safety in both the workplace and at home.
According to the National Safety Council employers who place an emphasis on the safety of their employees see an improved morale, increased productivity, lower costs and, most importantly, fewer injuries.
Safety is a Culture
(Ameristar joins the National Safety Council in celebrating National Safety Month. Courtesy of Ameristar Perimeter and YouTube)
At Ameristar safety is not just an activity, it’s a culture.
“It is so critical to keep safety in the forefront of our minds. So that people go home in the same condition as they showed up,” said Ameristar President Barry Willingham.
At Ameristar, no one is above the safety requirements and we all do our part to ensure the safety of ourselves and our co-workers.
As Barry said in the video “Our People are our most valued asset we have.”
(Learn More, courtesy of Ameristar Perimeter and YouTube)
With that said, safety is everyone’s responsibility and we need to hold everyone accountable.
Galen Sawyer Certified Environmental and Safety Compliance Officer at Ameristar shares how we all need to be a safety leader.
Be a Safety Leader
Every day we influence the people around us in a positive or negative way by what we say or don’t say, do or don’t do.
Being around people who promote and practice safety creates a safer environment for everyone.
People who are careless or don’t feel they have time for safety create an unsafe environment in which to work.
New employees at a company watch the older employees and take their cues from what they do.
No matter how much training new employees are given, if the more experienced workers around them are not practicing safe work habits, eventually the new employees will emulate them, putting themselves and possibly others in danger.
No matter what your position is, you can be a safety leader by quietly doing what’s right and by recommending that others do the same.
If someone asks your opinion about whether a safety precaution is necessary, be a proponent. You could be saving their life.
Make sure that you:
- Don’t take shortcuts
- Use guards and safety devices
- Focus on what you are doing – don’t get distracted
Remember that not only your co-workers, but supervisors and visitors will observe what you do. Sloppy habits reflect a sloppy operation and make a poor impression.
Be a safety leader. You will stay safe, and you can help others stay safe too.
(Learn More. 140,000 is the number of preventable deaths in America, every year. Help us get to zero. Keep Each Other Safe. Courtesy of the National Safety Council and YouTube)
For 100 years, the National Safety Council has been the leading safety advocate preventing unintentional injuries and death.