System Safety, Health and Environment Resource Center (SSHERC)
Severe weather season is here. The National Weather Service has updated many of its forecast pages. Beginning March 7, all existing bookmarks to forecast.weather.gov will change. Please visit the main webpage and make updates to your bookmarks as needed.
Now is the time to prepare for severe weather, at home and in the workplace:
- Review evacuation and emergency plans.
- Identify shelter locations.
- Review accountability procedures.
- Check emergency supply kits and restock, if necessary.
- Plan for employee training and exercises.
- Have at least three ways to get updates – weather radio, cell phone app, television, etc.
Resources for Weather Information and Workplace Readiness
May Is Mental Health Month
One in five Americans will experience mental illness or be affected by a mental health condition in their lifetime. In Oklahoma, nearly 22.4 percent of the population will experience a mental health condition at some point. Suicide continues to be the second leading cause of death for young people in Oklahoma.
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800.273.TALK (8255)
- American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (external link)
- Oklahoma Chapter of National Alliance on Mental Illness (external link)
May 8-12: National Safety Stand-Down
The National Safety Stand-Down is scheduled for the week of May 8-12. Safety Stand-Down is a voluntary event for employers to talk directly to employees about safety. Fatalities from falls accounted for 350 of the 937 construction deaths in 2015. The Stand-Down is an opportunity to discuss fall prevention with employees.
U.S. Department of Labor National Safety Stand-Down Resources (external link)
SSHER Center Safety Newsletter
April/May 2017 (PDF, 222k)