National Safety Council encourages Americans to become safety leaders this June

National Safety Month observed across the country with "Safety Starts with Me" campaign

May 29, 2013, 11:08 ET from National Safety Council

ITASCA, Ill., May 29, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Each June, the National Safety Council encourages organizations and communities to participate in National Safety Month – an annual observance to educate and encourage safe behaviors around leading causes of preventable injuries and deaths. This year's campaign – Safety Starts with Me – highlights the steps every individual can take to be a safety leader. Free materials including posters, tip sheets and games are available at to help spread these important safety messages.


"On the Journey to Safety Excellence, successful organizations engage everyone in safety and create a culture where people feel a personal responsibility not only for their own safety, but for that of their coworkers, family and friends," said Janet Froetscher, president and CEO of the National Safety Council. "While safety is important year-round, June is a great time to get everyone involved as the nation observes National Safety Month."

Each week in June carries a safety theme reflecting high rates of injuries, which include: 

  • Preventing slips, trips and falls: June 2-8        
  • Employee wellness: June 9-15 
  • Emergency preparedness: June 16-22 
  • Ergonomics: June 23-29
  • Bonus topic: Summer safety
  • Bonus topic: Driving safety      

"Grainger is proud to sponsor National Safety Month," said Court Carruthers, senior vice president and president, Grainger U.S. "We have the expertise needed to understand our customers' safety challenges, and are committed to providing the products, services and resources that help keep their people and facilities safe and productive."

Unintentional injuries and deaths in the United States are at unacceptable levels. Unintentional-injury related deaths were estimated to total 122,900 in 2011, up 1.7% compared to 2010. The latest estimate is 42% greater than the 1992 total of 86,777 (the lowest annual total since 1924). The cost of unintentional injuries to Americans and their employers exceeds $750 billion nationally, and causes great suffering among individuals and their families.

National Safety Council members have exclusive access to additional materials during June, which delve deeper into workplace safety issues.

NSC thanks our National Safety Month Safety Champion sponsor, Grainger and Safety Leader sponsor Toyota, for their commitment to safety.

About Grainger
W.W. Grainger, Inc. with 2012 sales of $9.0 billion is North America's leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating products, with expanding global operations.  For more information about the company, visit

About the National Safety Council
Founded in 1913 and chartered by Congress, the National Safety Council,, is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to save lives by preventing injuries and deaths at work, in homes and communities, and on the road through leadership, research, education and advocacy. NSC advances this mission by partnering with businesses, government agencies, elected officials and the public in areas where we can make the most impact – distracted driving, teen driving, workplace safety, prescription drug overdoses and Safe Communities.

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SOURCE National Safety Council