12 months of safety tips

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

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 saif.com/safety for a library of resources, webinars, and classroom training.

SAIF is Oregon's not-for-profit workers' compensation insurance company. Since 1914, we've been taking care of injured workers, helping people get back to work, and keeping rates low by focusing on workplace safety. Together with our partners, we strive to make Oregon the safest and healthiest place to work.

JANUARYJanuary | 12 months of safety  | Plan your year

The start of a new year is a great time to take stock of your safety and health program. Is your safety committee engaged and effective at eliminating hazards and helping employees stay safe? Is it organized and does it meet regularly to discuss relevant issues? 

From heat safety to emergency preparedness to smoking cessation, our safety talking points offer timely and relevant topics for safety committee meetings.


February | 12 months of safetyFEBRUARY 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 on how to make organizational changes to support a psychologically healthy workplace.

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

March | 12 months of safetyMARCH  |  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 | 12 months of safetyAPRIL  |  Stay safe in the kitchen

Whether you're a seasoned chef, or working your first job in a commercial kitchen, these basic guidelines could help you avoid common injuries, such as muscle strains, cuts, and burns.

To learn more about safety in the restaurant and hospitality industry, visit saif.com/kitchensafety.



May | 12 months of safetyMAY  |  Work comfortably and safely

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.  

Check out saif.com/ergo for many more resources and tips.



June | 12 months of safetyJUNE 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.


July | 12 months of safetyJULY  |  Prepare for wildfire smoke

Wildfires are getting bigger, lasting longer, and happening more often across the western U.S.

Hazardous smoke travels well beyond the fire lines, putting people and businesses at risk. Learn how you and your employees can be better prepared.

Visit our wildfire page for information on how to prepare.

August | 12 months of safetyAUGUST  |  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, helps 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 | 12 months of safetySEPTEMBER 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 saif.com/prepare


October | 12 months of safetyOCTOBER Control the spread of infectious disease

Whether it's COVID-19, the common cold, or the flu, infectious disease are always a workplace concern. You can take steps to control infection and reduce the risk of employees getting ill.

Things like promoting hand hygiene, regularly wiping down surfaces, and proper PPE are just a few of our suggestions. For more, see our infectious disease resources.



November | 12 months of 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 | 12 months of safetyDECEMBER 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 a few 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

You can find more information, along with resources, posters, and training at saif.com/falls.

Don’t stop now! Check out the safety and health page on saif.com for more topics.