Staples and the National Safety Council collaborate to provide safety tips for National Preparedness Month this September
FRAMINGHAM, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Staples is teaming up with the National Safety Council during National Preparedness Month to provide safety tips and products to help small businesses prepare for emergencies. The new Staples.com Safety Research Center provides guides to help small businesses prepare for common safety issues and emergencies, as well as access to a full assortment of health and safety-related products. A recent Staples survey of small business managers and office workers found that nearly half of office workers either are unsure if an emergency plan exists or say their company doesn’t have a plan.
“Staples is joining forces with the National Safety Council to promote preparedness for any type of emergency, disaster or accident,” said Bob Risk, Senior Strategic Safety, Health and Wellness Manager for Staples. “It’s crucial for small businesses to have everything from a plan in place to the right safety supplies on hand, to ensure the health and well being of their most valuable resource, their employees.”
“The Federal government issues around 70 disaster declarations annually, which means hundreds of businesses, communities and families face unexpected disruption and significant hardship each year,” said Janet Froetscher, president and CEO of the National Safety Council. “Good preparation includes designing an emergency action plan to make sure you have the proper emergency supplies and safety products on hand.”
According to the Insurance Information Institute, up to 40 percent of businesses affected by a man-made or natural disaster never re-open. To help small businesses take a fresh look at preparedness planning, Staples and the National Safety Council offer these tips:
Staples offers a full range of safety products – from dust masks, eye wash, defibrillators and caution signs – in support of health and safety in the workplace. For more information on safety products and tips, visit the Staples.com Safety Research Center: www.staples.com/safetyinfo.
About the Survey
The Staples Safety Survey was conducted through a third-party research company and had 412 total respondents (208 office managers and 204 office workers) from small businesses with under 50 employees.
Staples is the world’s largest office products company and a trusted source for office solutions. The company provides products, services and expertise in office supplies, copy & print, technology, facilities and breakroom, and furniture. Staples invented the office superstore concept in 1986 and now has annual sales of $25 billion, ranking second in the world in eCommerce sales. With 88,000 associates worldwide, Staples operates in 26 countries throughout North and South America, Europe, Asia and Australia, making it easy for businesses of all sizes, and consumers. The company is headquartered outside Boston. More information about Staples (Nasdaq: SPLS) is available at www.staples.com/media.
About the National Safety Council
Founded in 1913 and charted by Congress, the National Safety Council (nsc.org) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to save lives by preventing injuries and deaths at work, in homes and communities, and on the road through leadership, research, education and advocacy. NSC advances this mission by partnering with businesses, government agencies, elected officials and the public in areas where we can make the most impact – distracted driving, teen driving, workplace safety and safety beyond the workplace.
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