5 Activities to Engage Employees during National Safety Month

  5 Activities to Engage Employees during National Safety Month

From safety awareness day events to month-long contests, tips from Cintas help
                   keep safety top of mind in the workplace

Business Wire

CINCINNATI -- May 22, 2013

In recognition of National Safety Month this June, Cintas Corporation (NASDAQ:
CTAS), a leader in first-aid and personal protective products (PPE), today
identified five activities to engage employees and help reinforce best safety
practices. According to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration
(OSHA), states with mandatory safety programs have fatality rates 30 percent
lower than the national average. By recognizing National Safety Month through
events such as “Safety Awareness Day” or “Workplace Safety Week,”
organizations can have a substantial impact on reducing workplace injuries and
promoting a culture of safety.

“National Safety Month is a reminder to organizations that safety is a
continuous improvement process,” said Jamie Samide, senior director of
marketing, Cintas. “Workplaces can use these tips to host a safety awareness
day, week or month that is devoted to addressing employees’ attitudes and
behaviors toward health and safety issues.”

The top activities for engaging employees during National Safety Month
include:

     Set a company goal for AED/CPR training: Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), a
     stoppage of the heart, causes an estimated 15 percent of workplace
     deaths. Employees who are well-trained in both CPR and automated external
     defibrillator (AED) use will be fully prepared to respond when SCA
1.  occurs. Set a company-wide goal to get a large percentage of workers
     certified and recognize those individuals who participate in the program
     by hosting a lunch or picnic. Enlist the help of a training provider and
     American Heart Association (AHA)-certified instructors to highlight
     proper AED use and CPR technique.

     Fit employees for PPE: Since PPE is only fully effective when it fits
     correctly, and employees are more likely to wear it when it fits,
     National Safety Month events are a great opportunity to size employees
2.   for gloves, eyewear, hearing protection and protective apparel. PPE that
     fits properly will not inhibit movement or comfort, but will be tight
     enough to protect employees during daily activities. Set up fitting
     stations with several sizes and have a representative on duty who can
     maintain a log of employees’ sizes to make future ordering easier.

     Host a safety contest: To keep employees focused and enthusiastic about
     safety, use contests and trivia to test employee knowledge about correct
     safety practices. For example, use an “identify what’s wrong with this
3.   picture” contest and have employees submit answers for prizes. To
     maintain engagement over time, launch a recognition program that rewards
     certain departments or individuals who have shown an exemplary dedication
     to workplace safety.

     Test fire extinguisher skills: Pick a vendor that can be on-site during
     safety events to train employees on proper fire extinguisher technique
4.   using a fire simulator. Then, test employees’ knowledge with oral quizzes
     and online training courses. In addition, make sure employees know where
     all extinguishers and exits are located throughout the facility so they
     can be fully prepared if a fire occurs.

     Teach emergency response: A common misconception is that employees know
     how to properly respond in the event of an emergency. Use safety
5.   awareness events to teach employees proper response including evacuation
     protocol, first-aid techniques and how to call for help during an
     emergency. Assign stand-out employees to emergency response teams that
     can correctly handle chemical spills, fires, natural disasters and SCA.

“Teaching safety skills to employees doesn’t always have to be done through
pamphlets or posters,” Samide added. “When employers think of innovative and
engaging ways to raise awareness about workplace safety, everyone benefits.”

Cintas offers a variety of proactive and reactive safety solutions, from PPE
and instructor-led training to first-aid cabinets and AED programs. For more
information, please visit www.cintas.com/firstaidsafety.

About Cintas Corporation:

Headquartered in Cincinnati, Cintas Corporation provides highly specialized
services to businesses of all types primarily throughout North America. Cintas
designs, manufactures and implements corporate identity uniform programs, and
provides entrance mats, restroom cleaning and supplies, tile and carpet
cleaning, promotional products, first aid, safety, fire protection products
and services and document management services for more than 1 million
businesses. Cintas is a publicly held company traded over the Nasdaq Global
Select Market under the symbol CTAS and is a component of the Standard &
Poor’s 500 Index.

Contact:

Mulberry Marketing Communications
Jess Messenger, 312-664-1532
jmessenger@mulberrymc.com
 
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