Orlando, FL – The National Safety Council and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced today that they will continue a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces by renewing the Alliance signed on September 9, 2003.
Through the Alliance, NSC and OSHA will continue working together to improve health and safety in the general and construction industries and provide the nation’s employers and employees — including small businesses, Hispanics, and young workers — with information, guidance, and access to training resources.
“We believe that promoting a national dialogue on workplace safety and health will further fuel our success in the pursuit of a safer world,” said Allen C. McMillan, NSC President and CEO. “Working collaboratively in alliances such as this with OSHA will enable us to do that effectively because we share the same vision that more needs to be done to reduce unacceptable rates of injury and death.”
In particular, the Alliance will continue to focus on helping to reduce traffic collisions and related worker deaths and injuries and provide First Aid, Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) training in the workplace.
NSC promotes effective emergency response by providing training to all nature of business and employers, from large corporations to local day care centers. NSC trains employee volunteers as well as teachers, firefighters, doctors, nurses, police officers, paramedics and emergency medical teams in First Aid, CPR and AED. Last year, more than 500,000 people took NSC emergency training programs. Since the early 1990s, more than 8 million emergency responders and instructors have been certified through a NSC emergency response program.
Because 2,000 of the estimated 4,500 on-the-job injury-related deaths last year were driving-related, NSC has intensified its efforts to educate businesses on measures to dramatically reduce these risks, including mandatory seat belt policies and increased awareness training of the need to limit cell phone use and other distracting devices while driving.
OSHA's mission is to assure the safety and health of America's workers by setting and enforcing standards; providing training, outreach, and education; establishing partnerships; and encouraging continual improvement in workplace safety and health. OSHA and its state partners have approximately 2100 inspectors, plus complaint discrimination investigators, engineers, physicians, educators, standards writers, and other technical and support personnel spread over more than 200 offices throughout the country. This staff establishes protective standards, enforces those standards, and reaches out to employers and employees through technical assistance and consultation programs.