Recently, I did this Google search: “Safety awareness topic for the month of March.” Did you know that ladder safety is a March national focus? That’s right. Many topics showed up, but for me ladder safety was the standout. This was timely because I was recently having a ladder safety discussion with a colleague, and of course, there are the usual things I have to say about ladder safety, which is probably similar to what most safety folks would discuss. However, are there other things to consider? Is there more I can dive into regarding ladders? Why not see what the ladder gurus have to say!
This is the beauty of these national safety focus monthly programs and how we can learn from them. Whatever the national monthly safety topic is, you can find some very refined and valuable information to advance your safety efforts. Using the ladder safety month as an example, I found this paragraph in an on-line article from Teddy Durgin: “National Ladder Safety Month is all about educating the public on the steps one must take when climbing a ladder, whether at home or at work. But any industry professional worth his or her salt will tell you – safety begins even before that. It begins with picking the right ladder. And when choosing the right ladder, there are several things that must be taken into account.” Teddy went on to share comments from Chad Lingerfelt, National Safety Training Manager for Illinois-based WernerCo, who suggested that the first step to ladder safety is choosing the right ladder for the right job.
What’s interesting here is that Teddy’s article is from the laddersafetymonth.com website, which is presented by the American Ladder Institute, and Chad works for one of the world’s premier ladder manufacturers. Just think of the ladder safety knowledge encapsulated in this National Ladder Safety Month website! I am certain I can find more than enough information from this website to teach a crew on how to choose the right ladder – and much more! My point in this article is not ladder safety per se. Rather it is more about ways to learn and develop as safety professionals. A simple search for a national monthly safety topic can lead to a wealth of knowledge that comes from subject matter experts. These tools are readily available and are often filled with free, yet valuable, information to help us become better at what we do.
Want to improve your working knowledge in safety? Do this search: “Safety awareness topic for the month of March (or other month).” It can be very enlightening. It can build your knowledge and give you tools for your safety program.