The month of June is National Safety Month for the NSC (National Safety Council). National Safety Month focuses on reducing leading causes of injury and death at work, on the road and in our homes and communities. Its a great opportunity for industrial workers and employers to ask ourselves, ‘how can we help keep each other stay SAFE in the workplace?’

I started thinking about the word SAFE.

The definition for safe is ‘uninjured; with no harm done. Secure from liability to harm, injury, danger, or risk: a safe place.’

Manufacturing can be one of the most hazardous areas for the standing worker. Of course there is the obvious danger of handling hazardous materials, or certain performances like welding, but there are other hazards that are not so obvious, like fatigue for example.

When an employee gets fatigued, they can lose focus. Their alertness declines and they lose both mental and physical capacity. They tend to make mistakes that they would not normally make. There is a great safety program called Safe Start that actually goes through the states, that potentially can lead to accident and injury. Those states are rushing, frustration, complacency and as-mentioned fatigue. These states can lead to errors that cause risks.

But back to the definition of SAFE.

The part that sticks out to me is with no harm done. To truly say ‘no harm done’ I believe the ultimate goal should be sending a standing worker (ie., #industrial athlete) home at the end of the day in the same great condition they came in!

A way to achieve that is to give them the best field of play. An anti-fatigue mat or ergonomic flooring would assist to prevent fatigue associated with standing on hard, cold concrete, as well as work to prevent the obvious slips, trips and falls.

A new definition for the word safe in my mind would be S.A.F.E.: Standing, Anti-Fatigue, Ergonomic

These are the the fighters that help an industrial athlete remain safe. The best products that offer these fighters are anti-fatigue mats and ergonomic flooring.

So during National Safety Month, ask yourself, what type of surface are you sending your industrial athletes out to play on?

Is it S.A.F.E.?