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North American Occupational Safety and Health Week

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May 1-7, 2011, is North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week. NAOSH Week is intended to raise awareness about occupational safety, health and the environment.

This is just one tool the 100-year-old American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) and its 32,000 occupational safety, health and environmental professional members use throughout the year to promote occupational safety aimed at preventing injuries and illnesses. Several organizations representing thousands of businesses have partnered with ASSE and Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE) to support NAOSH Week, including U.S. federal agencies, such as the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to reach millions of people around the globe on the importance of being safe at work.

No job is so important that it cannot be performed safely. Occupational safety covers every possible type of injury in the workplace or during the performance of job duties. For example, occupational safety includes:

  • Motor vehicle crashes or wrecks
  • Forklift or construction equipment accidents
  • Toxic exposure to chemicals, food-borne pathogens, carbon monoxide, blood-borne diseases, or hazardous waste
  • Explosions
  • Slips and falls
  • Repetitive strain disorders
  • Electric shock
  • Insect and spider bites
  • Mold disease
  • Puncture wounds, cuts, or blows

To read safety information fact sheets about specific occupations, click here:  OSHA InfoSheets

This year, the ASSE held its 9th annual Kids’ Safety-on-the-Job Poster Contest. The winners were featured on billboards, included on the official NAOSH 2011 poster, and posted on the ASSE website. Some of the winners are listed below.

Stay safe, everyone!  But if you do suffer an injury on the job, feel free to call the lawyers of HensonFuerst to discuss all your legal options. We’re available 24/7 at  1-800-4-LAWMED, or you can visit our website at https://www.hensonfuerst.com/.  If you have questions, HensonFuerst has answers.

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