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June 2017

  • NSC Kicks Off National Safety Month

    Variety of Resources Available Throughout June


    June is National Safety Month, and the National Safety Council is recognizing a grim reality: Preventable deaths are at an all-time high in America. The Council is working to reverse that trend and bring the number of deaths down to zero.

    This year's National Safety Month campaign follows the theme Keep Each Other Safe. Through June, NSC will share information on how we can reduce injuries and deaths – from the workplace back to our homes and communities.

    The Council has created a variety of free resources to share, including posters, tip sheets and social media graphics. For a limited time, NSC also is offering for free the NSC First Aid, CPR and AED Online course.

    Safety topics for each week in June include:

    • Week 1: Stand up to Falls
    • Week 2: Recharge to be in Charge
    • Week 3: Prepare for Active Shooters
    • Week 4: Don't Just Sit There

    NSC members have access to additional tools, including information on driving safety for fleet and shift workers.

    June also is a great time to make use of the following NSC resources that help identify and measure risks:

    • The Safety Checkup tool 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
    • The Substance Use Cost Calculator asks companies about their location, industry and size of their workforce to deliver an estimate of the annual costs to the company as a result of substance use
         

    Top Performers in Safety Recognized

    NSC Green Cross for Safety Gala Held in San Diego


    The National Safety Council, during its annual Green Cross for Safety Gala, recognized special accomplishments in safety excellence, innovation and advocacy.

    Held May 25 on Coronado Island near San Diego, the black tie event brought together the nine finalists, as well as hundreds of executives, advocates, safety experts and industry leaders. It also saw more than $600,000 raised from sponsorships, a live auction, special appeal and in-kind gifts.

    PotashCorp won the Green Cross Excellence in Safety award. The company developed a new Serious Injury and Fatality Prevention protocol, adopting reactive, proactive and integrative approaches to safety.

    The Green Cross Safety Innovation award was presented to The Boeing Company for its fall-protection interlock system, which uses wireless communication to disable a work platform if a worker is not properly connected to personal protection equipment.

    The winner of the Green Cross Safety Advocate award was Deputy Police Chief Lou Jogmen of the Park Ridge, IL, Police Department, who rallied more than 300 police departments and other stakeholders to promote railroad safety.

    ​Fatigue Puts us All at Risk

    In the Workplace and on the Road


    Fatigue is a contributing factor toward potentially hazardous behavior. NSC recently convened a panel of experts to explore fatigue and its effect on occupational safety and health.

    As the Council continues to identify strategies, priorities and opportunities to combat worker fatigue, companies and organizations can take steps to protect their team members by learning more about how sleep can affect safety.

    NSC has determined that more than 37% of workers are sleep-deprived, with those most at risk working the night shift, long shifts or irregular shifts. One study found that about 13% of work injuries are attributable to sleep problems. Fatigue reduces safety performance, brings about diminished decision making skills and costs employers thousands of dollars in productivity.

    The risks are present on the roads as well. Research has shown that someone driving fatigued is three times more likely to be in a car crash, with more than 5,000 people killed in drowsy driving-related crashes in 2014. Losing even two hours of sleep is similar to the effect of having three beers, and being awake for more than 20 hours is the equivalent of being legally drunk.

    The NSC Fatigue Mind Map offers a wealth of information, and please share these infographics to help spread the word.

    Asleep at the Wheel

    One Woman's Story About Facing her Fatigue


    Lorrie Lynn is no stranger to fatigue. In fact, she caught herself falling asleep at the wheel more than once. 

    The first time Lorrie fell asleep at the wheel, she woke up in the middle of slow moving traffic. Luckily, no one was harmed. The second time, Lorrie fell asleep at a stop sign and the beep of a horn woke her. The last time, Lorrie actually hit a car. Again, no injuries, but enough worry to trigger Lorrie to do something about it.

    "I knew I had been feeling tired but couldn't attribute it to anything specific. I was getting good sleep, eating well, and working regular hours," said Lorrie, director of grants for NSC.

    She decided to visit a doctor who is currently looking into possible health-related causes. Lorrie shares her story to educate others about drowsy driving and the dangers of falling asleep at the wheel.

    "I know that my situations could have been far worse," she said.

    Now, Lorrie breaks up her trip by stopping at home, getting out and stretching and then going to pick-up her daughter. Lorrie encourages drowsy drivers to seek medical advice, track sleep for trends and vary routes in the hope of preventing a crash.

    Learn more about fatigue, and contribute to the NSC mission here.

  • Overdose Awareness Day​

    You Can Help End This Epidemic


    Aug. 31 is International Overdose Awareness Day. Events will be held across the nation as people remember those lost to drug overdoses and share publicly the impact these overdoses had on them and their loved ones.

    About 60 people a day die from prescription opioids, which are being overprescribed to the point that drug poisoning is the No. 1 cause of unintentional death in the nation. People prescribed opioids by a doctor frequently develop an addiction to the pills. Some then move from the pills to heroin.

    Added to the societal cost is the financial cost, which can be substantial. NSC collaborated with two other organizations to create the  Substance Use Cost Calculator for Employers, an easy-to-use resource providing specific information about the cost of substance use. By sharing a location, the industry and the number of employees a company has, the online tool estimates 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.

    By using available resources, organizations can make International Overdose Awareness Day an opportunity to inform their company and their community about the risk of prescription drugs and overdoses, and to prevent overdoses from impacting them.

    Who is Making People Safer?

    Recognize Them With an NSC Award


    The Green Cross for Safety awards were presented last month, but those are a small portion of the many ways the National Safety Council recognizes outstanding performance in safety.

    With its commitment to safety at work, in homes and communities, and on the road, NSC celebrates achievements in various places and in various ways. With honors such as the Distinguished Service to Safety Award, Rising Stars, The Robert W. Campbell Award, the Community Advancement Award, the Safe Driver of the Year Awards, the President's Chapter Award and the Council's Occupational Awards, exceptional performance in every field can be acknowledged.

    The Green Cross for Safety Awards, honoring safety excellence, innovation and advocacy, are presented in the spring, while many of the other awards are announced in the fall at the annual NSC Congress & Expo.

    Get more information about NSC safety awards and the nomination process here.

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