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  •      April 2017

    Divisions United Newsletter

    Register for the Spring Divisions Meeting in Coronado, CA

    The Spring Divisions meeting, Is Worker Wellbeing Part of Your Safety Culture?, will be held May 23 and 24 in San Diego. Attendees will hear from three keynote speakers and have the opportunity to attend a variety of educational sessions.

    Registration is under way.

    The May 23 opening keynote, What's a Life Worth and are You Willing to Pay the Price to Save It?, will be presented by Bob McCall, president of Inspire High Performance LLC. The day also will feature an educational session, Occupational Safety & Health Issues for Unique Populations, and a luncheon keynote featuring Adam Levine Ph.D., who will discuss The Art & (Neuro)science of Safety.

    The keynote speaker May 24 will be Mark R. Rosekind Ph.D., a former member of the National Transportation Safety Board, a NASA scientist and a former administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. His presentation, Sleepless in America, will explain how lack of sleep can profoundly impact workers and what safety professionals can do to influence sleep hygiene.

    Later in the day, attendees can participate in two educational sessions: Engaging Employees Around Health and Wellbeing, and No-Strain Safety: 5 Strategies for Reducing Soft-Tissue Injuries. At the luncheon program, NSC President and CEO Debbie Hersman will discuss What 'Eliminate Preventable Deaths' and 'Keep Each other Safe' Really Means. 

    Individual division meetings will be held both days, and multiple networking opportunities are part of the schedule. See the full schedule for the week.

    The Labor Division Meeting opened April 1 in Nashville at The Inn at Opryland.

    Distracted Driving Awareness Month: An Opportunity for Improvement

    The National Safety Council, through its Distracted Driving Awareness Month campaign, offers division members a variety of resources that can make their employees, industries and communities safer.

    NSC data shows more than 40,000 people were killed on our nation's roadways in 2016 – a 16% increase since 2014 and the largest two-year percentage jump in more than 50 years. This is particularly significant in the workplace, as motor vehicle incidents are the most common cause of on-the-job deaths.

    The Distracted Driving Awareness Month campaign offers a steady flow of information and resources during April. With the theme Just Drive, the campaign focuses mostly on distracted driving but also includes facts about drunk, drugged and drowsy driving.

    Available resources include social media messaging, posters, infographics, best practices and other tools that address how the use of cell phones or infotainment systems can be dangerous and even deadly. By sharing these materials, companies can demonstrate their support for focused driving while giving employees the guidance necessary to keep them safe.

    Active Shooter Training Available

    Recognizing the evolving nature of workplace hazards, NSC has added a module to its Emergency Preparedness training.

    Developed by the Council with input from the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security, the module offers instruction and a two-hour drill on how to react if an active shooter enters the workplace.

    Other elements of NSC Emergency Preparedness training address evacuation, weather and natural disasters, shelter-in-place emergencies, medical emergencies, workplace violence and terrorist incidents.

    More information on NSC training can be found here.

    NSC Calculator Helps Identify Cost of Rx Drug Misuse

    The U.S. is in the midst of an unprecedented prescription drug abuse epidemic. New data show the problem is following us into the workplace, and the impact is significant. More than 70% of U.S employers are feeling the direct impact of prescription drug misuse, according to a survey released by NSC. 

    A resource is available to help division members understand the true costs of substance use in their workplaces. NSC partnered with Shatterproof and NORC at the University of Chicago to develop a first-of-its-kind Substance Use Cost Calculator to give employers a snapshot of the human and financial toll drug use has taken on workplaces.

    Employers input basic statistics about their workforce, such as industry, location and number of employees. They are shown estimated prevalence of substance use disorders among employees and dependents, associated costs and potential savings if employees and their family members treat substance use disorders.

    Developed through scientific analysis, the Substance Use Cost Calculator provides costs of alcohol, prescription pain medication, marijuana and illicit drug use.  

    Learn what substance use is costing your organization and what you can do to help employees – and your bottom line.

    Division Chairman Named Fire Chief

    ​I. David Daniels, chairman of the NSC Government and Public Sector Division, was appointed interim fire chief for the City of Richmond, VA. Daniels was selected for the post by Mayor Levar Stoney.

    Daniels previously served as chief safety officer and deputy fire chief of operations for the Richmond Fire Department. He also was executive director of workforce safety in the office of Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, and assistant chief of safety and employee services for the Seattle Fire Department.

    Daniels has served on a number of national committees, including National Fire Protection Association committees on Technical Rescue, Incident Management System Professional Qualifications, and Fire Service Occupational Safety and Health. He is a member of the International Association of Safety Professionals and serves on the board of the Safety, Health and Survival Section of the International Association of Fire Chiefs. In 2015, Daniels was elected as the first chairman of the NSC Government and Public Sector Division.

    Congratulations to Chief Daniels!

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    Injury Trends Webinar Will be Led by NSC Data Expert

    The most significant trends in injuries and deaths will be the topic of an April 26 webinar sponsored by the Transportation Division.

    The webinar will provide key data highlights from the just-published 2017 NSC Injury Facts®, the complete statistical source for more than 90 years on workplace, motor vehicle, home and community deaths, injuries and their costs.

    Ken Kolosh, manager of statistics at NSC, will discuss the latest data, including injury trends, workplace hazards, the impact of off-the-job injuries to employers, and the increasing burden of unintentional drug overdoses. The webinar also will touch on motor vehicle safety issues, young drivers, distracted driving, speeding and alcohol.

    The webinar will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. Central on Wednesday, April 26. Register today.

    Nominations Now Open for NSC Awards


    Through May 5, 2017, NSC is accepting nominations for several prestigious individual awards: the NSC Distinguished Service to Safety Award, the Marion Martin Award and NSC Rising Stars

    In addition, the NSC Community Safety Division has created a new honor for companies that have gone above and beyond in the name of safety. The NSC Community Advancement Award recognizes employers who show a commitment to safety for their employees, families and the communities in which they operate by providing exemplary off-the-job safety and health programs. The honorees will be announced in September during the 2017 NSC Congress & Expo in Indianapolis.

    Learn about all NSC safety awards.

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