12 months of safety tips

We've got a year's worth of resources and training to jumpstart your safety program

posted November 27, 2019

Whether you need topics for your safety committee meetings or you just want to step up your workplace safety game, we’ve got a year’s worth of focus points for you.

What you’ll find below is just the tip of the iceberg. Visit for a library of resources, webinars, and classroom training.

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JANUARYJanuary | OSHA 300 forms  | Get help with your OSHA 300 forms

When an employee is hurt on the job, filling out forms probably isn’t the first thing on your mind. But good recordkeeping raises awareness of workplace hazards so they can be corrected. It also helps OSHA keep track of national trends. And in many cases, it’s the law.

Oregon OSHA rules require employers to post the OSHA 300A summary form (of 2019 occupational injuries and illnesses) no later than February 1, and keep it posted through April 30.

Learn more about the requirements, download forms, and take a brief online training on recordkeeping here.

FEBRUARY Focus on workers’ mental health

Job stress can lead to poor health and even injury. Learn what causes job stress and what you can do about it. Recognize the signs of chronic stress and what impacts it can have on your employees and your business. 

Dive into these resources for information on how you can make organizational changes to support a psychologically healthy workplace.  You'll also find posters and video with tips on how to reduce stress.

A healthy employee is less likely to be injured. Visit to learn more about how to promote employee wellbeing. 

March | Prevent fallsMARCH  |  Prevent falls in Ladder Safety Month

Ladders are the “go-to” tool for any job that involves working from height—whether you’re changing a light bulb, retrieving items from a high shelf, or painting a building.  Choosing the correct ladder for the job is just the beginning.

You can reduce the hazards by using these best practices. You’ll find a wealth of information on how to inspect, set up, use, transport, store, and maintain your ladder, along with a list of what not to do.

April | Driver safetyAPRIL  |  StriveSafe can help drive home vehicle safety

It’s important that employees arrive safely. That’s why SAIF has partnered with StriveSafe to offer policyholders real-time tracking for fleets of any size.

Real-time vehicle monitoring helps drivers and managers better understand driving patterns, improve fuel efficiency, and reduce the frequency of accidents.

SAIF policyholders save 50% on fleet monitoring through StriveSafe.

Click here to get started.

May | SAIF Learning CenterMAY  |  Safety Break: Take a moment to get familiar with the SAIF Learning Center

The SAIF Learning Center is a way to be proactive about workplace safety and health, risk prevention, business management, and controlling costs.

And guess what? It’s also free with your SAIF policy.

Take some time to get to know the SAIF Learning Center.

June | ErgonomicsJUNE  |  Go Ergo! Make small adjustments to your workspace for comfort and safety

Improving ergonomics in your office doesn’t have to be time consuming or expensive. Learn how to adjust your office chair, monitor, keyboard, and mouse; plus get tips on proper posture and injury prevention.

Need a jumpstart? Try ErgoPoint. SAIF policyholders can use this cloud-based assessment tool to evaluate their office workstations to ensure neutral postures.

Visit and start with a hip-hopped introduction to ergonomics.

July | Heat, and dehydrationJULY  |  Protect your workers from heat, dehydration

When the weather is too hot, workers can suffer. Gradual exposure to heat, creating a buddy system, drinking plenty of fluids, and taking frequent breaks can help prevent heat-related illness.

Reduce exposure to the sun by encouraging proper clothing and sunscreen that blocks UV rays. Test your knowledge with our sun safety quiz.
Browse more resources here. 

August | Properly use PPEAUGUST  |  Use the right tool for the job: PPE

Protecting yourself or your workers shouldn’t be an afterthought. Personal protective equipment, including hard hats, safety glasses, and respirators help minimize exposure to injuries and illness.

It’s not just the right thing to do. It’s the law.

Learn more about the types and proper uses of PPE.

September | Emergency preparednessSEPTEMBER Are you ready for an emergency? Be prepared at work and at home

When it comes to emergency planning, there’s no time like the present to start. You'll never know when a disaster may strike, so make sure your business, home, and family are ready to handle what may come.

Whether an earthquake, flood, workplace violence, or a security threat, make a plan now.

Look for kit checklists, planning tools, and other resources at

October | Minimize fire hazardsOCTOBER How to minimize fire hazards in your workplace

Once fire starts, it can spread quickly, putting lives and property at risk. The best strategy? Stop fire from happening in the first place.

Here are 5 prevention tips:

  • Keep your workplace clean; clutter can add fuel for fires.
  • Keep machinery in good repair to prevent overheating.
  • Store flammables and combustibles safely, and inspect frequently.
  • Clear access to exits, electrical control panels, sprinkler heads, and fire extinguishers.
  • Smoke in designated areas only. Better yet, call 1-800-quit-now to get tools and support for quitting.

Visit our video library for more training on minimizing fire hazards, the importance of drills, and fire suppression.

November | Cold weather safetyNOVEMBER Winter is coming. Make a plan and reduce cold-weather injuries

Slips, trips, and falls spike during wintertime, due to icy and slippery conditions. You can prevent injuries by having a solid communication plan during inclement weather, creating a snow/ice mitigation team, and training employees on proper footwear.

Winterize your business with this cold weather checklist.

And remember to walk like a penguin on icy surfaces.

December | Reduce slips, trips, and fallsDECEMBER 10 ways to reduce slips, trips, and falls

Slips, trips, and falls are a leading cause of accidental deaths, second only to motor vehicles. Here are 10 ways you can prevent slips, trips, and falls at your workplace:

  • Wear appropriate shoes.
  • Slow down.
  • Keep walkways clear and well-lit.
  • Clean up spills immediately.
  • Stay alert for uneven surfaces, curbs, and potholes.
  • Assume there is ice if it’s near freezing.
  • Take one step at a time; keep one hand free.
  • Make sure your view is not obstructed.
  • Remove, tie up, or secure cords.
  • Use a ladder—not a chair, table, bucket, or box.

You can find more information, along with resources, posters, and training at

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