The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE) and the Interdisciplinary Association of Occupational Health and Hygiene of Mexico, Civil Association (AISOHMEX) join together to celebrate North American Occupational Safety and Health Week, or NAOSH Week, every year during the first full week of May to raise awareness about occupational safety, health and the environment. This year NAOSH week will be held from May 7-13.
Along with the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration and other NAOSH partners, activities are conducted throughout North America to promote work place safety. In the past, ASSE members have held fleet safety classes, ergonomic awareness events, distributed catastrophe preparedness information, distributed free teen worker safety and preventing roadway crash brochures, developed and presented teen worker safety courses, helped Habitat for Humanity, held a personal protective equipment (PPE) fashion show, donated PPE and much more. In past years, NAOSH themes have included: mining safety; transportation safety, as transportation accidents are the number one cause of on-the-job deaths; youth workplace safety; and more.
Occupational Safety and Health Professional Day (OSHP) is observed on the Wednesday of NAOSH Week. The day was established to honor occupational safety, health and environmental professionals who have dedicated their lives to protecting people, property and the environment. For more information about OSHP Day, visit the OSHP Day web page.
Each year ASSE urges everyone to get involved in NAOSH Week in an effort to better educate the public about the positive benefits a safe workplace provides not only for workers, but for their families, friends, businesses, their local community and the global community. In 2014, 4,679 people lost their lives on-the-job. ASSE and its 37,000 members are working tirelessly to reduce workplace injuries so we can all make it home safely.