The National Safety Council has designated June as "National Safety Month". This is a national annual campaign that continues all month. The overall theme this year is "Celebrating Safe Communities" because while both the national workplace injury and illness rate and the driving collision rate have decreased somewhat, the non-work accidental injury rate has increased dramatically.
According to the National Safety Council, "Nine out of 10 accidental fatalities and two-thirds of disabling injuries to workers occur off the job. In 2005, more than 60 percent of all accidental deaths involved either workers who were off the job or their family members.
The overall economic impact of all accidental injuries exceeds $625 billion a year and is devastating to individuals, families and employers. The cost of on- and off-the-job accidental injuries is a staggering $380 billion, of which 58%, or $220 billion, are costs related to employee injuries off-the-job."
Each week has a different safety focus and specific tips as listed below: