Safety Corner Blog

August 2021 – OSHA Safe+Sound Week | Immunizations | Back to School Safety | Drive Sober Campaign | Overdose Awareness Day

Hello everyone, and welcome back to Safety Corner, the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development Division of Worker's Compensation (DWD/WC) safety blog! I'm using this forum to share some of the current, pertinent safety news and information that I receive from my network of workplace safety professionals and pass along to employers and organizations across Wisconsin.

A highlight of August each year is the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) Safe + Sound Week. This year's observance is scheduled for August 9-15, 2021; more information is available at: OSHA Safe + Sound Week. While Safe + Sound is a year-round campaign to encourage every workplace to have a safety and health program, OSHA's Safe + Sound Week is a nationwide event held each August that recognizes the successes of workplace health and safety programs and offers information and ideas on how to keep America's workers safe.

Why Participate? Successful safety and health programs can proactively identify and manage workplace hazards before they cause injury or illness, improving sustainability and the bottom line. Participating in Safe + Sound Week can help get your program started, energize an existing one, or provide a chance to recognize your safety successes.

Visit the OSHA Safe + Sound web site to learn how to improve your safety and health program throughout the year with strategies for Management Leadership, Worker Participation, and a systematic approach to Finding and Fixing hazards. Also, companies can register to receive recognition for participation amongst their industry peers on the OSHA Safe + Sound Web Site.

August is also National Immunization Awareness Month. With all the current focus and debate about the COVID19 vaccine(s,) one should not lose sight of the need for recommended ongoing routine immunizations for Infants, Adolescents/Teens, Adults and Seniors. These can include (but are not limited to) Chickenpox (varicella), Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR), Diphtheria, Tetanus, and Pertussis (DTaP), Hepatitis A & B, Polio (IPV), Human papilloks mavirus (HPV), Flu & Haemophilus Influenzae Type b (Hib) immunizations and vaccines.

Visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) web site(s) for pertinent information, including their downloadable Immunization pdf Guide: CDC- Immunization Guide - Infants to Adults.

Also, see CDC - Immunization Awareness Month and related links at:


In concert with Immunization Awareness Month, August also reminds us that Back to School is just around the corner. The National Safety Council (NSC) has an excellent Back to School family safety checklist for those with school-age children, and/or those frequenting or traveling through School Zones. Topics include cross walks/pedestrians, bikes, buses, teen drivers, playgrounds, sports, and backpack safety: NSC - Back-To-School Checklist.

Also, the first week in August is National Stop-On-Red week. From 2004-20018 over 11,800 people have been killed in red light running accidents. ¹ On average two people were killed in red light running accidents in 2017; and, one in three Americans know someone injured or killed in red light running crashes. ¹

To see 10 Reasons To Stop-on-Red visit the National Stop-On-Red Day web site.

Also see the NSC - Stop-on-Red Campaign website.

Traffic Safety, one of the deadliest and most often committed yet preventable crimes (impaired driving), remains a serious safety epidemic in our country. The 2021 impaired driving national enforcement mobilization "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign goes into effect across the country from August 18 to September 6, 2021, spanning the Labor Day Holiday. Learn more at "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" Mobilization.

The National Highway Safety Traffic Administration's (NHTSA) 2021 Labor Day Impaired Driving Social Media Playbook² resources can be accessed and downloaded at - NHTSA - Drive Sobor - 2021 Guide

Finally, August 31, 2021 is International Overdose Awareness Day. This is a global observance event held August 31 each year and aims to raise awareness of overdose and reduce the stigma of a drug-related death. While opioids receive most the attention, all prescription and illicit drug use holds the potential for accidental overdoses. Overdose Awareness Day also acknowledges the grief felt by families and friends remembering those who have died or had a permanent injury as a result of drug overdose.

Visit the following web sites for more information:

As a "look ahead" preview, September includes National Farm/Agriculture Safety Week – September 19-25, 2021, with a week of daily safety messaging activities for our state's agriculture sector. Additional topics of interest include School and Autumn safety, National Disaster Preparedness Month, and Construction Suicide Awareness Prevention month. More to follow in the next DWD Safety Blog.

Have a Safe Day, Always!!

Dave Leix, CSP, Safety & Risk Manager - Bio: Dave Leix - CSP, Safety & Risk Manager

¹ https://ncsrsafety.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/20/2020/09/07.png

² https://www.trafficsafetymarketing.gov/sites/tsm.gov/files/2021-07/LaborDay2021_Playbook_Guide_0715.pdf

³ https://www.nsc.org/home-safety/safety-topics/opioids/international-overdose-awareness-day

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  • Mike Anamendolla

    Dave brings over 40 years of professional safety and health (EHS) consulting and managerial experience to his role as Safety & Risk Manager for DWD's Worker's Compensation Division. He presents at a variety of association/industry trade group safety and risk management training events. Full bio for Dave Leix.


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