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NSC Policy Positions

  • Home and Community Policy Positions

    #13: Use of Fireworks

    The Council opposes the use of fireworks by both adults and children, except when by professionals in controlled conditions; expresses support for NFPA 494-L Model State Fireworks Law; supports federal enforcement of prohibition of mail-order fireworks; supports educational effots on danger of fireworks.

    #38: President's Committee on Employment of the Handicapped

    Reflects the Council's support of national efforts to help the handicapped utilizing public and private sector resources.

    #54: Alcoholic Beverage Advertising

    NSC staff should work with manufacturers and other parties to discourage ads promoting high-risk behavior, particularly among youth.

    #57: Children's Acute Poisoning Prevention

    Lengthy position statement on prevention and treatment measures for children's poisoning, including home preparation.

    #69: Training of Child Care Providers in Safety and Health

    Childhood education programs should include OSH; in-home child care providers should also require safety training; child care facility admins should establish training programs for staff; encourage funding to strengthen data on which to base safety and health decisions for children due to little available accident/illness data.

    #70: Firearms and Children

    Supports development of a uniform procedure for identifying, reporting and summarizing firearms accidents; urges industry to design safety features on weapons to prevent ready firing by children and untrained people; supports requirements for secure storage of weapons; "every person owning a firearm is responsible for safekeeping."

    NSC will lend support only to firearms legislation intended for the following: preventing firearms from falling into untrained hands; universal background checks; gathering of better (more uniform) firearms accident data; personal responsibility for safekeeping of personal firearms; Council will assist with educational efforts to further implementation of firearms safety programs.

    #75: Personal Flotation Devices for Children
    Resolution: Use of personal flotation devices should be for children 12 years and younger.

    #82: Substance Abuse Education

    Promotes substance abuse education in schools.

    Supports implementation of a national NOAA weather radio service and early warning flood prediction program.

    #107: E-Codes

    Supports increased usage, completeness and specificity of external cause of injury codes in order to improve available data.

    #116: Naloxone Distribution, Overdose Education and Good Samaritan Laws
    Supports states continuing to address legal barriers to prescribing, dispensing, obtaining, possessing and administering naloxone for the reversal of opioid overdose.

    #118: Opioid Addiction Treatment Guidelines

    Supports medication assisted addiction treatment and ongoing aftercare.

    #120: Pain Clinic Regulations

    Supports states' efforts to deter the operation of "pain clinics" operating outside guidelines for licensed physicians and whose primary treatment is prescribing opioids.

    #121: Prescribing Guidelines Based on Best Practices

    Supports physicians and dental groups that take into consideration the risks of opiod use and the benefits of non-opioid treatments when developing guidelines to treat acute and chronic pain.

    #122: Prevention of Prescription Drug Overdose

    Encourages the public to support federal, state and community efforts to reduce prescription drug misuse and overdose.

    #123: State Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs

    Supports the work of state pharmacy boards, substance abuse agencies, health department and other entities that administer the states' prescriptiong drug monitoring programs, and the continued efforts to link all states' information into a national database accessible to all prescribers.

    #124: Rx Funding: Federal Government Action to Address Prescription Drug Overdose

    Supports reasonable actions by the federal government to address the growing rate of prescription drug overdoses throughout the country.

    #126: Requiring Prescriber Education as Part of the DEA CSA Registration

    Recommends the DEA require continuing medical education for prescribers who register with them under the Controlled Substances Act of 1970.

  • Transportation Policy Positions

    Supports national 55mph speed limit.

    #16: Highway Trust Fund

    Adequate funds must exist to maintain and improve the nation’s highway system to achieve mobility with safety.

    Recommends all motorcycle riders wear approved helmets.

    National Driver Register should be improved with states encouraged to participate; agencies given access (FAA, motor carrier).

    Member organizations should require seatbelt use.

    Supports minimum drinking age of 21; supports federal sanctions for states not in compliance.

    States should adopt uniform definition and requirements for MOPEDS.

    Sets out suggested penalties including license revocation for all offenders; elimination of mandatory severe penalties for first-time offenders (no jail time); assure swift adjudication; alcohol treatment should be in addition to, not in lieu of revocation and other penalties.

    Includes enforcement specifics: all nighttime driving violations should be tested for alcohol with passive sensors, screen all drivers stopped at checkpoints, accountability and peformance measures for road checkpoints.

    Federal government should ban CMV use of radar detectors; states should ban all use of radar detectors.

    Support establishment of visibility-based performance standards for traffic control devices.

    Urges OSHA to publicly announce intention to require OSH Act employers to require seat belt use by employees.

    #52: Railroad Bridge Safety

    Requests the NTSB conduct a study of the structural integrity of railroad bridges.

    NSC should work with auto manufacturers to discourage ads that promote excessive speed and other risky behavior.

    Jurisdictions should allow for administrative suspension/revocation of licenses following DUI arrest if refusing (or failing) testing; progressive penalties for repeat violations.

    Congress and state legislatures should establish methods for identifying potentially hazardous utility pole installations; take corrective action on current and future ones.

    No statutory presumption on impairment solely because BAC is below .05.

    Urges the Department of Transportation to adopt priorities, including an annual highway safety goal to lower mileage death rate and total fatalities, greater highway safety prominence in administrative agenda, increased research funding, continuation of certain programs, continued NHTSA standards and continued NHTSA research.

    #62: Pedestrian Safety

    Urges all governmental jurisdictions to adopt and conduct a comprehensive program for pedestrian safety.

    Urges federally funded research program on work zone crashes, development of countermeasures, enforcement of regulations (federal and state) for work zone protection, adding "work zone" as uniform definition reporting data item on accident data.

    Traffic citation files should be listed and displayed with accident files to provide more comprehensive computerized safety record-keeping system.

    #72: Older Drivers

    Supports promoting the mobility and safety of older drivers to ensure improved safety on the highways.

    Lays out ways in which NSC can support highway safety at both the federal and state level.

    #84: HIghway Safety Information Improvement

    NSC endorses the goals and recommendations put forth in the National Agenda for the Improvement of Highway Safety Information Systems.

    #89: DOT Regulations on "Clear Zones"

    Supporting DOT use of "clear zone" areas, "side-slopes" and other devices to keep drivers on roadway.

    #90: Airbags and Restraint Use

    Supports enhancement of airbag and seat belt safety campaigns.

    #91: Occupant Protection

    Supports strong, primary seatbelt laws.

    #104: Support of Automated Enforcement

    Supports use of automated enforcement (cameras) for red lights and speed limits; communities should evaluate and improve effectiveness.

    #106: Ignition Interlocks

    Supports all-offender interlock laws.

    #108: Confirmation of Positive Drug Screen Results in Transportation Safety Cases

    All positive results in transporation accidents should be confirmed by alternate method prior to issuing report; no reporting of presumptive positive results.

    #109: Cell Phone and Text Messaging Restrictions

    Recognizes cognitive distraction, recommends states pass laws banning handheld and hands-free phone usage; recommends employer policies and employee education; calls on scientific, traffic safety and law enforcement community for continuous improvement.

    #127: Minimum Licensure Age for CMV Drivers

    Supports requirement for interstate commercial motor vehicle drivers to be at least 21 years old.

    #129: Child Passenger Restraints

    Supports mandatory use of properly secured, positioned and tested child restraints in motor vehicles and in airplanes for all children who do not correctly fit in seat belts. Also supports incorporation of lap and shoulder belts into school buses.

    #130: Low Alcohol Concentration National Culture Change

    Supports a national campaign to inform Americans that impairment begins with the first drink. Also supports states' efforts to lower the legal blood alcohol concentration limit for drivers.

    #133: Automotive Safety Technology

    Supports mandatory or voluntary inclusion of new automotive safety technologies in vehicles to help reduce crashes and education programs to ensure the driving public knows how to use them.

    #134: Graduated Driver Licensing

    Encourages states to adopt best-practice GDL systems that meet a minimum criteria.

  • Workplace Policy Positions

    #11: Voluntary Consensus Standards

    Supports development and use of voluntary consensus standards concerned with safety, and occupational and environmental health.

    #36: Walsh-Healey Public Contracts Act

    Position statement on the proposed revision, safety and health standards, Walsh-Healey Public Contracts Act.

    #38: Employment of the Handicapped

    Recognizes the inherent right of all citizens to the full development of their economic, social and personal potential regardless of their physical abilities.

    #44: Smoking

    Prohibits smoking at NSC headquarters and at NSC events.

    #61: Response Mechanism

    Outlines a system for commenting to a federal body.

    #67: Lightning Detection Systems for Airports

    FAA should require lightning detection systems at all US airports to improve safety of air traffic and airport personnel; until then, supports voluntary installation by airports.

    #68: Weight Limits on Cargo Containers

    Federal Maritime Commission should require cargo containers be stamped with actual weight, rather than standard weight, before departing ocean terminals.

    #73: Workplace Substance Abuse Prevention

    Endorses the goal of eliminating substance abuse from the workplace and encourages employers to establish a program aimed at preventing substance abuse.

    #77: Guiding Principles for OSHA Reform

    Outlines principles to ensure that OSHA will continue to make a measurable difference in workplace safety and health.

    #79: Childhood Risks Involving Tractors

    Urges agencies, manufacturers and professionals to identify ways to mitigate the danger of child injury incidents involving tractors; parents/guardians should prohibit children from riding or being in presence of tractors, and 4-H and other organizations should continue to promote same; studies should be conducted for more reliable data.

    #81: Workers' Memorial Day

    NSC should recognize and promote Workers' Memorial Day April 28.

    #83: Safety Education for Teacher Preparation Programs

    Teacher trainees (K-12) should develop competencies in teaching safety education.

    #85: ANSI Z590: Establishing Levels of Competence

    Supports efforts to enhance the safety profession, but skeptical of ANSI Z590 needs to be recognizing of various industry needs; recognize branches of safety industry; examine use of terminology. NSC will continue to participate in development.

    #95: Health and Safety Management Systems

    NSC will participate in ANSI Z-10 committee on Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems.

    #96: OSHA Adoption of the NFPA 2000 Standard

    NSC supports the efforts of the NFPS and other electrical industry organizations to adopt and promulgate NFPA 70E.

    #111: Safety Management Systems

    Encourages companies to adopt comprehensive safety management systems. Lays out specifics of NSC model SMS, including leadership, technical and cultural elements.

    #112: Voluntary Protection Programs

    Supports adequate funding for VPP. Continued exemption from programmatic visits, oppositon to fee for participation.

    #113: OSHA Funding

    Supports adequate, stable funding for OSHA, including compliance assistance, regulation and enforcement; encourages performance-based fundamentals with improved measurement of effectiveness.

    #114: NIOSH Funding

    Supports adequate, stable annual funding for NIOSH (including AgFF and ERC).

    #115: Temporary and Contract Workers

    Outlines steps employers should take to ensure the safety of temporary and contract workers.

    #117: Drug Testing for Opioids in the Workplace

    Recommends at a minimum benzodiazepines, opiates, oxycodone, methadone, cocaine, amphetamines and THC are included in employer drug testing programs.

    #119: Opioids in the Workplace

    Recommends employers utilize a comprehensive approach to address opioid abuse in the workplace.

    #125: Occupational Illness

    Recommends employers take a number of steps to reduce the risk of occupational illness.

    #128: Oral Flud Drug Testing

    Supports the collection and testing of oral fluid specimens as an acceptable method for workplace drug testing.

    #131: Near Miss and Hazard Reporting

    Implementing a near-miss and hazard reporting system can help prevent more serious incidents and should be supported by employers and employees.

    #132: Process Safety Management

    Supports a comprehensive approach that recognizes the need for key stakeholders to partner to ensure sustained progress in the improvement of process safety management. 

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