June is National Safety Month

Safety professionals understandably get very excited when June rolls around, and it’s not because school is out and the lazy days of summer have begun.

It’s because June is National Safety Month. A whole month when safety professionals get to be the center of attention and talk about what we are most passionate about—workplace safety. This year will be no exception, and as the Director of Health and Safety for GAI Consultants (GAI), I’m tickled to be blogging about what we are doing to elevate attention to safety both inside of our organization and out.

GAI on Social Media

LinkedInFacebookTwitterIf you don’t follow GAI on social media, I suggest you do. We have a very active presence on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn. We regularly use these three platforms to let you know what we are up to as an organization and what we do every day to continuously improve our workplace safety.

Safety “Selfie” Poster Challenge

We are rolling out a new contest for employees to focus on working safely, dubbed the Safety “Selfie” Poster Challenge. During the months of July, August, and September, GAI employees are encouraged to take selfies of something that promotes a positive image of safety in our organization and provide a caption. These selfies will be shared on GAI’s social media channels and posted to GAI’s intranet, and employees will vote for their favorites. Winning contestants will receive prizes, and we will turn the winning photos into posters to be hung throughout our offices.

Tick Prevention

icon_tickGAI staff conduct a significant amount of work in the field—literally, in the field. This year we are experiencing an abnormally high tick infestation in some of our biggest project areas. Staff have been working hard to prevent tick bites, but we are always looking for new ideas and tips. We recently focused our attention on this area with a volunteer Safety Stand Down for employees on June 17th. Over 120 employees participated as we worked together to continuously identify ways in which we can prevent tick bites and subsequent infections.

So what are you doing to celebrate the “most wonderful time of the year?” Let us know on our social media platforms, and we’ll be sure to share it.

Bill GourdieAs Health & Safety Director, Bill Gourdie is responsible for spearheading initiatives that help GAI comply with all applicable health, safety, and environmental regulations; client requirements; and corporate policies and procedures in order to maintain the safest possible working conditions for all employees. He supports and advances GAI’s commitment to safety by coordinating the development, implementation, and continuous improvement of the company’s Safety & Health Program to enhance its effectiveness and improve performance results. Bill may be reached by phone at 412.399.5219.

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