Sometimes, it seems like there's an awareness date for everything from Bacon Connoisseurs Week to National Talk like a Pirate Day (It’s in September in case you were wondering). But among the balderdash are some initiatives which can be useful for raising awareness of key health and safety issues in the workplace, or for adding impetus to existing campaigns. As we publish the HSM Year Planner this month it’s an appropriate time to flag up some dates for the diary for 2014.
Blue Monday: The third Monday in January has been dedicated to focusing on doing good for each other and is promoted as a useful tool for raising morale: www.bluemonday.org
Go green week: A national week of action on climate change from People & Planet: peopleandplanet.org/gogreenweek
Work your proper hours day: A TUC campaign to get people to stop working unpaid overtime: www.worksmart.org.uk/workyourproperhoursday
Workers Memorial Day: The 28th April is dedicated to commemorating workers who have lost their lives at work.
Sun Awareness Week: A British Association of Dermatologists (BAD) campaign to raise awareness of skin cancer and exposure to the sun: www.bad.org.uk/sunawareness
Walk to work week: A campaign from Living Streets challenging people to walk to work for a week. For more information and free resources see: www.livingstreets.org.uk
Save Lives: Clean your hands: A World Health Organisation (WHO) initiative highlighting the role of hand hygiene in combatting antimicrobial resistance: www.who.int
Breathe Easy Week: A series of events that take place in June organised by the British Lung foundation to help raise awareness of issues relating to lung disease: www.blf.org.uk/Page/Breathe-Easy-Week
Fork Lift Truck Safety Week: A week dedicated to raising awareness of the dangers of fork lift environments: See more at: www.fork-truck.org.uk/fork-lift-safety/national-fork-lift-safety-week
National Personal Safety Day: Organised by the Suzy Lamplugh Trust aimed at highlighting some of the simple, practical solutions that everyone can use to help avoid violence and aggression: www.nationalpersonalsafetyday.co.uk
National Road Safety Week: An initiative from road safety charity Brake to stimulate involvement in promoting road safety: www.roadsafetyweek.org.uk/
National Stress Awareness Day: An International Stress Management Association initiative aimed at developing greater understanding of stress: www.isma.org.uk/about-national-stress-awareness-day-nsad
Please feel free to contact us to add any further suggestions.