WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is asking businesses and organizations to recognize the importance of workplace safety during the nationwide Safe + Sound Week.

From Aug. 12-18, OSHA is encouraging employers to implement workplace safety initiatives and highlight contributions to improving safety made by workers. According to OSHA, those businesses that incorporate safety and health programs can help prevent injuries and illnesses, reduce workers’ compensation costs and improve productivity.

“Leadership commitment matters and demonstrates workplace safety is a priority,” Acting Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Loren Sweatt said. “Safe + Sound Week reminds employers that safety and health programs help businesses save money, eliminate injuries, and most importantly save lives.”

Safety in the roofing industry is an essential part of the business. Whether it is rooftop warning line systems or being prepared for inclement weather, improving safety and health practices means all employees can enjoy a workplace free from hazards that could result in injury or death. 

In 2018, more than 2,700 businesses participated in Safe + Sound Week. Any organizations or businesses looking for an opportunity to participate can visit the Safe + Sound Week website for information on how to organize and promote safety and health plans.