Monday, May 01, 2017

What are you doing this NAOSH Week?

Planning a NAOSH Week event?  Having an innovative idea and delivering it to as many people as possible are a great starting point.  Here are some ideas to take that foundation and create lasting effects in your organization.

  1. Use a cross functional team to plan the event.  Like a risk assessment, it takes a lot of different view points to ensure the result is something that varied groups in the organization can get value from.  Shop workers may have some great insight into what will be effective ways to engage them.  Management can ensure that company goals for the year are reflected in the material or event.  To have a lasting effect the event must bring value to all parties in an organization.  Having them represented in the planning is a means to accomplish that.
  2. Consider opening your event to the public or community.  Events where family can participate are fantastic ways to have a lasting impact.  When you think about safety and why you are doing it, looking at your family is a great reminder.  You’re doing it to go home safe to them.  An event that celebrates that makes a lasting impact.  Letting the community know what your organization is up to for safety is another great way to promote the event and your organization.
  3. Create material that can be used for training and promotion.  Don’t let lessons learned reside in NAOSH Week alone.  Save materials that you can use year long.  If you have a contest or game, why does it only have to be run during NAOSH Week?  If you made a video, post for employees as a reminder, and for new employees to see what the organization they are joining is all about.
  4. Celebrate and seek recognition for your efforts.  We are a modest bunch here in Manitoba, but sometimes we need to step out of that.  There are awards for NAOSH Week and you should apply and possibly win one of these.  There are provincial and national award and winning these can bring some prestige to your organization and be used the promote the participation.  NAOSH Awards can be applied at

      Have a great NAOSH Week, and if your event involved machine safety, send us some info and we’ll showcase in an upcoming newsletter or blog.

Posted by Kristin Petaski at 3:20 PM


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