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National Safety Month and Summer Safety Fact Sheet


June 11, 2012 — The University of Wyoming Environmental Health & Safety Office (EHS) has joined the National Safety Council to promote National Safety Month in June.

"We know that a safe and healthy attitude is essential on the job," says EHS Director Nancy Fox. "Safety awareness should not be switched off, however, when you clock out from work."

The National Safety Council reports three times as many injuries occur off the job. Unintentional deaths reached an estimated 126,100 in 2010. The cost of unintentional injuries to Americans and their employers exceeds $730 billion.

The theme this year is "Safety 24/7." Each week in June is dedicated to a safety theme that reflects high rates of injuries: Employee Wellness (June 3-9); Ergonomics (June 10-16); Preventing Slips, Trips and Falls (June 17-23); and Driving Safety (June 24-30).

Daily safety tips are being posted on the UWYO Wellbeing Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/UWYO.Wellbeing.

Summers in Wyoming can be fantastic, but added precautions are necessary when working or playing outdoors. These include protecting yourself from heat stress, sunburn and biting insects. Download and share the colorful one-page Summer Safety Highlights from the UW EHS website.

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It's good to have access to an ample water supply when working and playing during the warm summer months. (OSHA)

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