Divisions United Newsletter
June is National Safety Month
The National Safety Council will mark National Safety Month in June, recognizing that preventable deaths are at an all-time high in America and working to reverse that terrible trend.
campaign will follow a theme of
Keep Each Other Safe and will look at how we can bring safety in the workplace back to our homes and our communities.
The Council has created a variety of free resources to share, including a poster, tip sheets and graphics. Topics for each week in June include:
- Week 1: Stand up to Falls
- Week 2: Recharge to be in Charge (Fatigue)
- Week 3: Prepare for Active Shooters
- Week 4: Don't Just Sit There (Ergonomics)
A "bonus week" will offer NSC members information on driving safety for fleet and shift workers. Materials can be accessed by
going online, and NSC members have access to additional tools.
June is also a great time to make use of the Council's online resources that help identify and measure risks. They include:
Safety Checkup tool, which considers a person's gender, age, occupation, state of residence and the number and ages of children to provide the most likely causes of unintentional death or injury
Substance Use Cost Calculator, which asks companies their location, industry and the size of their workforce to deliver an estimate of costs incurred by the company as a result of substance use
Green Cross for Safety Award Winners Announced
The National Safety Council highlighted achievements in safety as it presented the Green Cross for Safety awards last month on Coronado Island near San Diego.
Hundreds of executives, advocates, safety experts and industry leaders attended the black tie event, which also raised more than $550,000 for the Council's mission of safety.
The Green Cross for Safety Excellence award went to PotashCorp, which developed a new approach to Serious Injury and Fatality (SIF) Prevention, adopting reactive, proactive and integrative approaches to safety.
The Green Cross for Safety Innovation award was presented to the
Piranha Lox True Interlock Harness, developed by The Boeing Company. The process uses wireless communication to disable the work platform for any worker who is not properly connected to personal protective equipment.
The winner of the Green Cross for Safety Advocacy award is
Deputy Police Chief Louis Jogmen for his work with the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police in rallying more than 300 police departments and other stakeholders to promote railroad safety.
Get more information about NSC safety awards and the nomination process
Labor Division Meeting Recap
April's meeting of the NSC Labor Division in Nashville included a representative of an international labor union as well as speakers from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
Keynote speakers included AFL-CIO Safety Director Peg Seminario and Scott Margolin from Tyndale. Two labor liaisons from OSHA – Sandra Boudloche from Region 6 and Paula Story from Region 4 – shared new developments at the federal organization.
The Division's committees, working in administrative, special interest and professional interest groups, asserted a commitment to the Council's
Road to Zero Coalition, which is aimed at eliminating all preventable roadway deaths. The committees continued with their strategic planning, working toward goals in:
- Recruitment and retention
- Promotion and recognition
- Networking and mentoring
- Planning and communications
The Division also created a
Facebook page. Everyone is encouraged to like, participate, comment and share the new page.
Spring Divisions Meeting Recap
NSC held its Spring Divisions meetings May 22-24 outside San Diego, where attendees had opportunities to learn, network and advance the divisions' plans for the future.
The three days included two keynote addresses, the first from Bob McCall, president of Inspire High Performance Inc. McCall talked about making sure employees appreciate how their behavior and decisions can prevent – or promote – injuries or deaths.
The second keynote was from Dr. Mark Rosekind, a former administrator to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Rosekind discussed the substantial impact fatigue is having on the workplace and what can be done to address sleep-related issues.
Attendees also heard speakers on such topics as safety in a demographically diverse workplace, the neuroscience of safety, managing soft tissue injuries and how safe work translates into safe homes. NSC shared strategic updates, individual divisions and committees met, and division report-outs were conducted.
Safety Loses a Champion
Lonnie Logan, a military veteran turned union electrician, earned several awards for his focus on safety.
Logan passed away in March, his family at his side, after a battle with cancer.
In 2011, Logan was presented with both the Edward Eagan Soldier of Safety Commendation and the National Safety Council Distinguished Service to Safety Award. He also chaired the IBEW Safety Caucus.
An Air Force veteran who became a journeyman electrician, Logan was a member of IBEW Local 1379, serving as vice president of the local at one time. In addition, Logan was inducted to the AFL-CIO Hall of Fame in 2014. He enjoyed instructing electrical apprentices and teaching safety classes.
Logan is survived by his wife of 44 years, Jamie, his daughter, Amy, three grandchildren, two sisters and two brothers.