Supporting Mental Health in the Workplace Getting Started Guide for Senior Managers

Senior managers can make a difference when it comes to helping their supervisors and workers manage stress. This guide aims to help them engage with their staff on the topics of workplace stress, mental health, and substance use. For many senior managers, the idea of even approaching these topics may be uncharted territory and may make them think they are invading their workers’ privacy. However, addressing these important topics head on will help strengthen your organization.

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Emergency Preparedness and Response for Businesses

Emergencies can create a variety of hazards for workers in the impacted area. Preparing before an emergency incident plays a vital role in ensuring that employers and workers have the necessary equipment, know where to go, and know how to keep themselves safe when an emergency occurs.  The US OSHA has created a resource for all types of industries to help with planning for natural disasters and general preparedness.

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OSHA Training E-Tools

OSHA’s eTools and the eMatrix are “stand-alone,” interactive, Web-based training tools on occupational safety and health topics. They are highly illustrated and utilize graphical menus. Some also use expert system modules, which enable the user to answer questions and receive reliable advice on how OSHA regulations apply to their work site

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Participate in Safe + Sound Week 2023: August 7-13

Safe + Sound Week is a nationwide event held each August that recognizes the successes of workplace health and safety programs and offers information and ideas on how to keep America’s workers safe. This year Safe + Sound Week will provide resources for businesses on mental health and well-being. These materials will be posted before the start of Safe + Sound Week. 

Why Participate? Successful safety and health programs can proactively identify and manage workplace hazards before they cause injury or illness, improving sustainability and the bottom line. Participating in Safe + Sound Week can help get your program started, energize an existing one, or provide a chance to recognize your safety successes.

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Construction Safety – National Stand Down to Prevent Falls

A Safety Stand-Down is a voluntary event for employers to talk directly to employees about safety. Any workplace can hold a stand-down by taking a break to focus on “Fall Hazards” and reinforcing the importance of “Fall Prevention”. Employers of companies not exposed to fall hazards can also use this opportunity to have a conversation with employees about the other job hazards they face, protective methods, and the company’s safety policies and goals. It can also be an opportunity for employees to talk to management about falls and other job hazards they see.  The first week in May is National Stand Down week.  Learn more by visiting OSHA’s National Safety Stand-Down site.

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OSHA Suicide and Crisis Resources

If you or a co-worker are in crisis, there are options available to help. You can call the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline at any time to speak with someone and get support. Confidential support is available 24/7 for everyone in the United States, call 988 or text 741741.  Or visit the OSHA Preventing Suicides website where you can find a “Suicide Prevention: 5 Things You Should Know Poster”.

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