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  • 2018

    National Safety Month 2018

    National Safety Month focuses on reducing leading causes of injury and death at work, on the road, and in our homes and communities. Observed annually in June, the National Safety Council provides downloadable resources highlighting a different safety topic for each week in June:

    • Week 1: Emergency Preparedness
    • Week 2: Wellness
    • Week 3: Falls
    • Week 4: Driving

    Below is a list of resources Illinois workNet has that can help workers avoid injuries regardless of where they are:

    • National Safety Month – The National Safety Council provides several resources for you to help raise awareness about safety during the month of June. Read this Illinois workNet article on how you and others can remain safe and engaged.

    • Be Safe in Your New Job – When starting a new job, it’s important to be aware and cautious of equipment you have not previously used. From operating workplace equipment to preparation and clean-up of your workspace, this article covers important safety precautions to keep in mind when on the job.

    • Stay Safe and Productive at Work – Following your company’s safety guidelines is the best way to avoid getting hurt on the job.  This article covers safety tips for the workplace so that you and your team can be safe while working on construction projects.

    • Technical Skills – Read up on the different skills required in the industry and how you can keep your skills and performance up to date.

    • Do You Need a Work Permit? – For younger members of the workforce, this article provides information on what jobs require work permits, rules for youths in the workplace, and how to apply for the work permit you will need.

    • Why Personal Health and Safety Matter – From avoiding injuries and illness to staying in shape and managing stress, read up on why it’s important to maintain good health.
    Be sure to attend the National Safety Month webinar hosted by Illinois workNet on June 19th, 2018 at 1pm CT. The webinar will feature a discussion on the weekly themes for this month, safety resources for businesses, best safety practices for the workplace and more. Guest speaker Martin Hernandez of Safety Controls Technology will join Dee Reinhardt to discuss the following topics: 

    • Safety Captains
    • Safety Conversations with Employees
    • Safety Resources
    • Emergency Preparedness
    • Wellness
    • Falls
    • Driving

    To register for the webinar, go to Illinois workNet’s Eventbrite page.

    For more information, go to the National Safety Council’s page on National Safety Month to gather safety materials and learn how to spread the word to your coworkers, families, and communities.

    If you have any questions about National Safety Month, visit the National Safety Council’s contact page here. 

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  • 2018

    Disability Employment Initiative - Round V Workshop

    This workshop will be held to share the strategies employed and lessons learned by pilots sites engaged in the Disability Employment Initiative – Round 5. Local Workforce Innovation Areas and their partners, including special education providers, DRS, secondary and postsecondary education entities are encouraged to attend. Specific topics that will be addressed include the formation and use of Integrated Resource Teams, the development of process maps that identify partner roles in providing services to clients, and the Individual Career Development Plan – a career plan that meets the legal requirements of an Individualized Education Program Transition Plan for individuals with disabilities. Speakers from DEI V pilot sites, as well as national experts, will share their experiences and recommendations to address the needs of individuals with disabilities in gaining employment.


    To register