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September 2017

  • Nominations Open Oct. 1

    NSC to recognize the industry's best performers at its May 2018 gala.

    The National Safety Council Green Cross for Safety awards are among the most prestigious in the industry. The nomination period is Oct. 1 through Nov. 30.

    Nominees and recipients demonstrate alignment with the NSC Mission: eliminating preventable deaths at work, in homes and communities, and on the road through leadership, research, education and advocacy.

    Submissions are examined by two separate committees to develop finalists in each of three categories, with the winner to be announced May 23, 2018, at the awards gala in Chicago. The categories are:

    • Excellence: Recognizes a corporation, coalition or organization that was relentless in its pursuit of safety
    • Innovation: Recognizes a researcher, corporation, or organization that has ignited a new path and achieved success by approaching a long-held challenge in safety with a fresh look or new idea
    • Safety Advocate: Recognizes a community partnership, individual or coalition that has raised awareness or changed policy to prevent injuries and deaths

    The 2017 award winners included PotashCorp, which developed an integrated safety culture that took a focused approach to serious injury and fatality prevention; the Boeing Company, which created a fall-protection system that disables a work platform if a worker is not properly secured; and Park Ridge, IL, Deputy Chief Lou Jogmen, who worked to promote public awareness through education, enforcement and rail safety engineering advances.

    You can learn more about the awards by clicking here, and you can begin the nomination process by clicking here.

    NSC Celebrates Overdose Awareness Day

    Press conference, rally in Itasca build awareness of opioid epidemic.

    Accidental poisoning and overdoses are the number one cause of unintentional injury-related deaths, making International Overdose Awareness Day a critical opportunity to remind people of the opioid epidemic and what needs to be done to combat it.

    Overdose Awareness Day was Aug. 31, and the National Safety Council marked the day with a press conference, a pair of training sessions on the life-saving drug naloxone, a gathering of advocates and grassroots organizations, and a rally that attracted hundreds.

    The day's speakers included Illinois Lt. Gov. Evelyn Sanguinetti, U.S. Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi and former NBA star Rex Chapman, as well as representatives of the DuPage County Health Department, local law enforcement and the pharmacy industry. Rise Together founders Anthony Alvarado and Doug Darby also were among the speakers.

    During the press conference, NSC President and CEO Debbie Hersman shared the results of a new poll that showed one in three Illinois residents has been directly touched by the opioid epidemic. Some residents may have personally known someone who has become addicted to opioids, others might have known someone who overdosed or died from an overdose, and still others might have known opioid use disorder themselves.

    Also during the day, the DuPage County Health Department provided training to dozens of people in the use of Naloxone, a drug that blocks or reverses the effects of opioid overdose. Many opioid overdoses occur in public places, like parking lots and restrooms, so having people who can recognize and respond to an overdose can save lives. Community naloxone distribution programs have trained hundreds of thousands of people across the country, with more than 26,000 overdoses reversed since 1996.

    ​Get Smarter to Get Safer

    Support the NSC scholarship program.

    The National Safety Council is proud to announce the NSC scholarship program!

    As existing safety professionals reach retirement age and companies look to hire more safety staff, the shortage of qualified safety professionals in the workplace will increase. To help bring awareness to this important career, NSC is pleased to announce its scholarship program. Through a variety of methods and awards, NSC provides education funds to individuals interested in pursuing safety as a career.

    You can support this initiative by going to

    Four Scholarships will be available by 2020:

    • NSC Student Member Congress & Expo Scholarship: First awarded in 2017, this program provides student members full funding to attend the NSC Congress & Expo, the world's premier safety conference. Student members receiving this scholarship receive an all-expenses paid trip to the NSC Congress & Expo and have the opportunity to partner with Young Professional Division members to help guide their Congress & Expo experience.
    • Women in Safety Scholarship: Scheduled to be awarded for the first time in 2018, the Women in Safety Scholarship will help celebrate the place of women in safety by providing a renewable scholarship to one woman per year studying safety in the workplace. Any woman enrolled in a post-secondary program is eligible.
    • Certification Assistance Program: The only scholarship not geared toward active students, the Certification Assistance Program helps individuals currently working in safety achieve higher levels of training or certification. It will be awarded for the first time in 2019.
    • NSC Scholars: A celebration of exceptional scholars, the NSC Scholars program will be awarded for the first time in 2020.

    Be a part of the future! Donate to the scholarship program individually or as an organization. For more information, please go to or email

    New Report Grades States on Steps Toward Safety

    Report was released in D.C. with calls for action across the country.

    No state goes far enough to protect its residents from leading causes of preventable deaths and injuries. That was the conclusion reached in the NSC State of Safety report, which showed none of the 50 states or Washington, D.C., earned an "A" for overall safety.

    Released in June at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., the report examined states' safety efforts by reviewing laws, policies and regulations around issues that lead to the most preventable deaths and injuries.

    In addition to receiving an overall grade, states earned grades in three sections: Road Safety, Home and Community Safety and Workplace Safety. States were given On Track, Developing and Off Track distinctions in all three sections' safety issues.

    Maryland, Illinois, Maine, Oregon, Connecticut, California, Washington and Washington, D.C., received a "B" overall. Eleven states received an "F": Kansas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Arizona, South Carolina, South Dakota, Montana, Wyoming, Mississippi, Idaho and Missouri. 

    By reviewing the report and its conclusions, companies and individuals can learn more about their state's existing laws and policies, and they can also contact state lawmakers to encourage changes that will make the state a safer place to live and work.

    Companies also can take advantage of NSC online resources to assess the real world costs of certain hazards. The Council recently introduced the Fatigue Cost Calculator, which allows you to enter a company's location, industry, size and shift information; the calculator then responds with the company's estimated costs of fatigue from absenteeism, decreased productivity and healthcare.

    The Council also provides the Substance Use Cost Calculator for Employers, an easy-to-use resource providing specific information about the costs of prescription drug abuse and misuse, alcohol abuse and misuse, opioid and heroin addiction, as well as abuse of other illicit drugs and marijuana in their workplace.  The NSC Safety Checkup tool, meanwhile, considers a person's gender, age, occupation, state of residence and number and ages of children to provide the most likely causes of unintentional death or injury.

  • Amazon Helps Fund NSC

    Shopping & safety from your keyboard.


    The holiday shopping season is almost here, and Amazon is offering a program through which you can not only get your loved ones what they want, but make them safer as well.

    By doing your shopping through Amazon Smile, you can send a portion of your payment back to NSC as a donation. Simply shop through, name the National Safety Council as your charitable organization and .5% donation will be automatically processed.

    Share this with your colleagues, family and friends as they start their shopping, and remember: The donated funds come from Amazon, not from your payment. There is no added cost to the shopper.


    NSC Membership Has its Advantages

    With resources targeting various risks, the Council is worth joining.

    Every day, 13 people die on the job, and preventable deaths are on the rise across the nation. Having a source of critical safety information can prevent injuries and save lives. That's why being a member of the National Safety Council is so important.

    The modern workplace is the best place to share a message of safety, delivering information that can help people in their professional and personal lives. The Council educates millions of consumers through its 13,500 corporate members, and with a mission of eliminating preventable deaths in our lifetime, NSC hopes to reach even more people to make safety a daily priority.

    The Journey to Safety Excellence, a workplace safety campaign, can provide useful tools to companies while also delivering information that supports the importance of investing in safety. NSC provides extensive workplace training, which allows employees to make their workplaces safer for everyone.

    Membership also offers access to an exclusive benchmarking study, training tools, a webinar and audio library, publications, best practices, safety awards and the Council's annual Injury Facts guide.

    Organizations also can support safety by taking advantage of sponsorship opportunities for the Green Cross for Safety awards, Rising Stars of Safety and the Young Professionals Division.

    For more information on NSC membership, click here.

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