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  • February 2017

    Divisions United Newsletter

    Recruit New Members, Win Trip to Spring Meeting

    Division members who recruit at least five people to complete the NSC Division application online will be entered in a raffle to win roundtrip airfare to either the combined 2017 Spring Divisions Meeting in San Diego or the Labor Division Spring Meeting in Nashville. The prize includes free meeting registration and free lodging for up to five nights at the host hotel.

    Division members will receive one entry for every five individuals who submit the application. Send an email with the names of potential new members to

    All new Divisions member applications must be completed on or before Feb. 28. A new applicant's company must be a member in good standing of NSC.

    The drawing will be held March 1, and the winner will be notified the following day. Learn more.

    Plan Now for the Combined Divisions Meeting in May

    Register now for the combined 2017 Spring Divisions Meetings Tuesday and Wednesday, May 23 and 24, at the Loews Coronado Bay Resort, just outside San Diego, CA.

    Enhance safety skills, share ideas and goals for the future, and network with others in your industry. Divisions also will continue the strategic planning started at Congress & Expo in support of the NSC 2020 Vision.

    Plan to stay beyond the technical sessions, meetings and social events to attend the Green Cross for Safety Gala, where the Council will present three of the most prestigious awards in safety honoring excellence, innovation and advocacy.

    Learn more about the Divisions Meetings and the Green Cross for Safety Gala.

    Labor Division Meeting Set for April

    The Labor Division, with its 13 sections, will gather for its annual spring meeting April 2-5, at The Inn at Opryland in Nashville, TN.

    Register now, or get more details.

    Let's make Nashville the center of safety this spring.

    ADID Member Recognized

    Dr. Bruce Goldberger, a member of the NSC Alcohol, Drugs and Impairment Division, received the 2017 Robert F. Borkenstein Award. Named for the Breathalyzer® inventor, the award recognizes individuals who, through a lifetime of service, have made outstanding contributions to the field of alcohol- and drug-related traffic safety.

    Goldberger, professor and chief of the Division of Forensic Medicine at the University of Florida in Gainesville, was selected for his prolific contributions to forensic toxicology as a leader, researcher, teacher and author, as well as a nationally known expert witness.

    He will be honored during the Division's awards dinner Feb. 12, in New Orleans.

    Goldberger is the technical and administrative director of the Forensic Toxicology Laboratory at the University of Florida, which provides toxicological services to medical examiner offices and state and local law enforcement agencies around the state. He is also the medical director of UF Health Pathology Laboratories' Clinical Toxicology Laboratory and the director of the UF Racing Laboratory.

    Dr. Goldberger holds a joint professor position in the Department of Psychiatry, Division of Addiction Medicine. He is director of the William R. Maples Center for Forensic Medicine and program director of the Florida Emergency Mortuary Operations Response System. He has been an expert witness in forensic toxicology more than 270 times in federal, state, military and Canadian courts of law, and featured on national media.  

    Congratulations to our Divisions colleague!

    Government and Public Sector Division Hosting Quarterly Calls

    ​The Government and Public Sector Division is hosting a quarterly conference call for members to discuss and review stories about public sector safety professionals making a difference in their respective agencies.

    The calls will start with an "Agency Safety Spotlight." From there, topics will address various steps being taken toward eliminating preventable deaths in the public sector.

    Get more information.

    West Virginia Made Safer by Division Members

    The Morgantown, WV, Safe Communities conference Nov. 14, 2016, targeted the dangers of underage and binge drinking. Organizers had several experts on hand, including Teresa Cole and Rose McMurray from the NSC Transportation Safety Division.

    The home of West Virginia University, Morgantown pulled in representatives from city and county government, law enforcement, safety groups and the university to find solutions to curb excessive alcohol consumption, not only by college students but by adults in the area.

    Teresa and Rose both have experience in the Safe Communities program. Teresa was instrumental in securing Butler, PA, the NSC Safe Community designation. Rose developed the national program when she served as a federal transportation official. Both women also serve on the WVU Advisory Committee to the graduate-level Safety Management Program.

    Women's Caucus Seeks Volunteers

    The NSC Women's Caucus is seeking volunteers join committees as the Caucus works to take action on ideas developed during the 2016 NSC Congress & Expo.

    Committees will be formed in the areas of networking and mentoring, promotion and recognition, recruitment and retention, and women's issues at work. Committees will meet in February and March to fine-tune their plans and take action. Progress will be reported at the May spring meeting.

    Those interested in chairing or joining one of the committees should email

  • ​Editor's Choice

    April Safety Conference

    Offering expert speakers and roundtable discussions, the ninth annual Fabricators and Manufacturers Association's Safety Conference will take place April 19 and 20 in Elgin, IL.

    The conference will be held in the FMA's newly constructed headquarters. Highlights will include plant tours of Elgin Sweepers, manufacturers of street sweepers for over 100 years, and Fabric Images, an award-winning company that manufactures custom fabric tensioned architecture.

    Get more information and register for the conference.

    Improving Safety at the Community Level

    Five years ago, NSC committed to ensuring 50% of Kentuckians live in a Safe Community – a place where safety is a priority. Today 38% of Kentuckians are living in a current or future community enriched by the principles of the Safe Communities model.

    Safe Communities identify the leading injuries facing residents and take steps to eliminate those risks. With Kentucky being the fifth leading state for unintentional injuries, this approach is appreciated. Every one of the 2,513 injury deaths – from overdoses, car crashes, falls and other incidents – is preventable, and the Safe Communities approach has had measurable impact in many places around the country.

    Jessamine County, Murray State University, Western Kentucky University and Madison County, through partnering with University of Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center, are accredited Safe Communities. Their leaders have instituted programs to eliminate major causes of injuries in their communities.

    Read more about the Safe Communities program.

    Safety, Sponsorship and San Diego: What Could be Better?


    NSC will honor outstanding achievements at the Green Cross for Safety® awards in May, and your organization can be part of the process through sponsorship.

    Scheduled for Thursday, May 25, the gala will be held at the Loews Coronado Island Hotel, just outside of San Diego. Companies and individuals will be recognized for accomplishments in Safety Excellence, Innovation and Advocacy.

    Sponsorship offers organizations the chance to be associated with the core mission of the Council: Eliminating preventable deaths in our lifetime.

    Learn more about various sponsorship opportunities.

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