On April 23, the National Safety Council launched a new effort to safely guide employers in getting back to work when the COVID-19 pandemic subsides.
SAFER was created in partnership with Fortune 500 companies, leading safety organizations and public health experts. It’s the first national task force focused on worker safety.
Breaking Down SAFER
The intention of SAFER is to bring these groups together to share their expertise, develop industry and risk-specific resources, and to make recommendations for U.S. employers of all sizes.
SAFER will also:
- Identify complexities in reengaging the workforce, including contractors, by partnering with human resources, legal, labor, healthcare and workers compensation providers
- Develop general and sector-specific playbooks to help America’s businesses align worker safety with business objectives
The task force aims to come together to craft and issue resources across all industry sectors with the goal of quickly disseminating life-saving information so that employers do not have to lose time on trial and error.
“The manner in which employers bring people back to work will define our national response to the pandemic,” said Lorraine M. Martin, president and CEO of NSC.
“For more than a century, NSC has been helping employers put safety at the forefront of all their decisions, and we are once again taking action to continue serving this important role. With SAFER, we are confident we’re bringing the best minds together to ensure Americans have the safest transition back to work so we can truly flatten the curve and enable people to live their fullest lives.”
Here are the current SAFER task force members:
American Chemistry Council
American College of Occupational & Environmental Medicine
American Contractors Insurance Group
American Industrial Hygiene Association
American Petroleum Institute
American Society of Safety Professionals
American Trucking Association
Associated General Contractors
Board of Certified Safety Professionals
COVE: Center of Visual Expertise
Cushman & Wakefield
Electric Power Research Institute
Kennedy Forum Illinois
Krause Bell Group
Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation
Michael Best & Friedrich LLP
NIOSH – CDC
NSC Chapter Network
NSC Divisions & Delegates
ORC HSE Strategies LLC
Retail Industry Leaders Association
U.S. Chamber of Commerce
As of April 1, 55 states and territories have had some sort of non-essential businesses closure. And, 28 states and territories have issued closure orders for non-essential businesses and prohibited in-person workforces.
The pandemic has further complicated employer response to mitigate risk among rising workplace fatalities. Following the advice and recommendations from the NSC and OSHA can help keep your workplace safe and healthy throughout the the pandemic.
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