Celebrating 28 years of National Safety Month

The National Safety Council (NSC) first launched National Safety Month in 1996 to educate and encourage safe behaviors around the leading causes of preventable injuries and deaths in the workplace, on roadways, and in communities.

Last year, Governor Bergum proclaimed June as June Safety Month for the state of North Dakota. Join the North Dakota Safety Council (NDSC) in bringing awareness and helping keep each other safe in any environment.

How You Can Participate:

As part of the celebration of safety, the National Safety Council selects themes for each week of June. We are excited to share a month’s worth of free resources with you.

The four ongoing safety issues being focused on during National Safety Month include:

Week 1 – Safety Engagement:

The first week in June is also National CPR and AED Awareness Week. When an emergency arises, knowing CPR and how to use an AED can save lives.

Week 2 – Roadway Safety:

Driving causes the most work-related deaths. Empower your drivers with the knowledge and skills they need to drive safely.

Week 3 – Risk Reduction:

Substance use is a safety issue at work, but did you know mental distress, stress, and fatigue are also impairing? Impairment poses a risk to every workplace but addressing it in all its forms can directly support the safety and wellbeing of workers while saving organizations on costs.

Week 4 – Slips, Trips and Falls:

With falls being the second leading cause of unintentional injury-related death, we must focus on reducing slips, trips and falls, falls from heights, and discuss how technology can play a role in saving lives.

Get your free resources HERE.

“As organizations navigated the biggest workplace safety hazard in a generation, traditional safety risks never paused, and far too many people did not make it home to their loved ones at the end of their day. This year, we aim to inspire and support the EHS community to make people’s lives safer on and off the job.”

How to Implement a Safe Work Environment:

Hazards are all around us both on and off the job. Some hazards exist that can’t necessarily be seen. We asked NDSC Emergency Response Consultant/Training Director, Don Moseman, for a few tips to help implement a safe work environment.

  1. Management Commitment – the person or persons at the top of any organization must be committed to keeping their employees safe.
  2. Employee Involvement – employees must feel they have a voice in what needs to be done to make their jobs safer.
  3. Leading By Example – all supervisors in any workplace must be the first to demonstrate good safety practices.

Safety Implementation Courses Available at NDSC:

Here are just two of the many workplace safety trainings the NDSC provides:

  1. Safety Inspections Course
  2. Mock OSHA Inspections

A safety and health inspection is a monitoring system conducted to detect potential hazards in your workplace – so they can be corrected before an incident occurs. The next in-person class will be at the Bismarck NDSC Safety Campus on Monday, July 29th from 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

In addition to this course, NDSC also provides Mock OSHA Inspections. NDSC Safety Consultant John Young has more than 20 years of experience working in OSHA and can help you prepare for the potential of OSHA showing up on your doorstep. Young will be your second set of eyes helping to evaluate the hazards in your workplace. Young’s Mock OSHA Audit will help match your program to your company’s actual hazards and help you identify any required training. He also assists in developing mitigation strategies for hazards that have been identified.

To see all NDSC workplace safety trainings visit https://www.ndsc.org/workplace-safety/.

“Simply put, a company’s safety culture is the sum of all behaviors. Management can have a significantly positive impact when they lead by example.”

Let’s work together to make people safer in June and all year long!


National Safety Council – https://www.nsc.org/