National Safety Week is celebrated from 4th- 10th march every year as per the agenda decided by the EHS team of organizations. Generally, it is observed that in each industries Safety week is celebrated with almost the same agenda every year which resulted in low participation from workmen, employees, and contractors. So the purpose of the National Safety Day celebration is not solved and Safety culture is not improved though industries celebrate the entire week for safety awareness.
The safety team has to think differently and set the agenda of the Safety week celebration by understanding the requirements of their industries.
Agenda of National Safety Day Celebration
Inauguration Ceremony of National Safety Week Celebration
Flag Hosting: National Safety day celebration starts with the flag Unfurling by the topmost person of your organization (Unit Head, Director, Occupier, etc.). Unfurling by senior people reminds them about their responsibility towards the safety and health of workers working in their organizations.
Safety Pledge: After flag hosting everyone present in the Inauguration ceremony including managers, employee and contractors take the safety pledge and give their commitment to making the workplace safer for everyone.
Lighting the lamp: In India, all occasions start with lighting the lamp because Indian believe that lighting the lamp spread positivity and purity. Safety Week is inaugurated with lighting the lamp by the different functional heads of the organization with the message of positivity in the cause of Safety awareness.
Speech by Senior Person/ Safety officer: Senior person or Safety officer of company deliver Speech on National Safety Week by considering the theme of National Safety Week celebration (Theme for 2023) decided by National Safety Council. The agenda for the speech is to aware everyone of the purpose of celebrations. (Speech for 2023)
Launch Agenda for Safety week: Safety officers Share the Agenda for National Safety week with everyone present in the opening meeting and motivate everyone to participate in the event.
Pinning the Safety Badge: Pinning badges of National Safety day to all employees and workers including contractors to spread awareness of National Safety Day. Keep them motivated for pinning the badge during entire Safety week celebrations.
Safety Poster/ Safety Banner: Prepare Safety Banner or Safety Poster and displayed at all strategic locations of plant from the main gate to conference and manufacturing area to aware everyone about National Safety day celebrations and theme for the year
National Safety Week Celebration Idea
Safety Slogan Competition: In The Safety Slogan competition participants can submit slogans related to awareness on Workplace safety. The slogan of winners can be displayed in the plant by adding the name of the person who submitted to motivate a person.
Safety Poster Competition: Provide blank sheets with pencils and colors to participants and inform them to make posters for safety and health. It can be on specific topics or generalized as decided by the safety team. In this competition drawings by family members were also allowed to involve family members in the National Safety Day celebration.
Safety Essay: Give blank papers to participants and give them topics based on the Theme of the National Safety Day celebration and encourage them to write an essay of at least 500 words. The purpose of this activity is to understand the thinking of staff towards safety and theme.
Safety Quiz: Ask questions related to safety to participants. This event can be arranged online or offline. Always ask questions based on your process or plant safety program. The purpose of this event is to understand the safety awareness levels of employees (Click here for safety Quiz ready reference)
Safety Speech: Participants deliver a short speech of 4-5 min on Safety topics decided by the safety team. the winner is awarded by gifts to keep them motivated
Safety Tool Box: To involve contract workers in Safety week celebrations arrange safety toolbox talk competition among contract workers. Give them 4-5 topics randomly and asked them to deliver a toolbox talk. This is a spot event topics are announced at the time of the event so you can understand gaps in toolbox talk and improve your safety programs
Safety Drama: This is a group event. arrange stages and provide resources for drama (cloths, probe, material, etc.) to participants and informed them to play drama on Safety awareness. In this event, you can be flexible by considering an entry from different subjects of safety. It may be workplace safety, road safety, or office safety.
Safety Training: Arrange Safety training on different Safety topics (work at height, confined space, energy isolation, etc.) to spread awareness about specific topics. You can consider topics in which safety improvements are required. In this theoretical and practical both kinds of training can be organized.
Safety Demonstration: Safety demonstration on rescue from height, rescue from confined space, scaffold erection, Use of PPE, etc. can be arranged by taking the help of experts to understand gaps between working and standard practice.
Safety Photo Frame: Encourage participants to design a safety Photo frame with a safety message and display it at your main corridor so people can take selfies from that frame and spread safety messages in society by sharing them on different social media platforms. The purpose of this competition is to spread Safety awareness in society
Safety Wall: Higher a professional painter and Draw an outline of a safety picture with a message on vacant walls in the company. Involve employees in filling the colors on the wall if possible involve all employees from different departments. Colors are prepared by a professional painter and they help employees during coloring the wall. Finally, the painter gives finishing touch to the painting. The purpose of this activity is to give workers the pride that they made wall paintings for awareness of Safety.
Hazard Hunt: You can arrange hazard hunt in your plant by giving specific areas to teams for hazard hunting. This is a group event and no winner in this event all participants were awarded gifts. The purpose of this event is to identified unsafe acts and conditions with the eye of workers, employees below management staff.
Safety Puzzles: You can arrange Safety puzzle competitions for office staff. they are not familiar with the manufacturing processes so by preparing different puzzles you can involve them in the event of the National Safety week celebration.
Emergency Drill: Emergency drill can be arranged for awareness during the National Safety Week Celebration
Run for Safety: You can arrange a marathon to spread awareness on Safety in the local community.
Community Awareness on Safety: Aware local communities of what to do in case of emergency. Provide them with leaflets on awareness. give them practical training on what to do in case of emergency and explain to them what kind of hazard is associated with your organization. The purpose of this event is to reduce the impact on local communities during OFF-Site emergencies.
Best Ho-ren-so: In this workers or contractor reports the unsafe condition of the plant by taking photographs of locations and explaining the risk associated with it. The safety team Prepared a form for reporting. Best Ho-ren-so selected based on criticality and severity of the hazard
Safety Exhibitions: Display all available safety equipment of the plant at one location and explain the use of each and every piece of safety equipment to the worker who visited the exhibition area. The purpose of This event is to aware workmen of the availabilities of safety equipment in the plant and its usage.
National Safety Week celebrations end with the closing ceremony. In this, all winners are awarded by gifts or momento which is followed by thanksgiving speech of safety leader for making National Safety week celebration Successful.
The purpose of the National Safety week celebration is satisfied if the number of participants from the workers increases year on year. An increase in participation indicates safety awareness among the workers is improved and they think about safety apart from their routine work. As for safety professionals, our target is to make the workplace safe and without the participation of workers target of a safe workplace has never been achieved.
In this article a sufficient number of innovative ideas are identified for the safety week celebration, By choosing some ideas according to the workplace anyone can celebrate National Safety week in a very good manner.