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  •      August 2017

    Divisions United Newsletter

    NSC Divisions – United as One

    NSC Divisions met as a group in May at the Spring Divisions Meeting in San Diego. Attendees learned from experts who addressed safety issues that impact all workers: motivation, ergonomics, fatigue and diversity.

    The divisions met in their industry and interest groups to discuss issues within their fields and strategy to support the Council's vision of eliminating preventable deaths in the workplace.

    To support these efforts, the divisions identified several areas that cut across all groups. They include:

    • Recruitment and promotion
    • Retention and recognition
    • Mentorship and growing the profession
    • Reaching school-aged audiences

    Since returning home, division members formed cross-functional teams to tackle these shared priorities. All divisions are represented on each of these teams, and action planning has begun. If you are not on a team but would like to be, please email

    The Spring Divisions Meeting was held in conjunction with the NSC Green Cross for Safety Awards, considered among the most prestigious in the industry. The award-winners were PostashCorp (Safety Excellence), The Boeing Company – Piranha Lox True Interlock Harness (Safety Innovation) and Deputy Chief Lou Jogmen (Safety Advocate).

    Read more about the awards and the winners.

    Divisions Profile: Dr. J. Nigel Ellis

    When it comes to workplace safety, there are few in the field as well credentialed as division member Dr. J. Nigel Ellis.

    Dr. Ellis is president of Dynamic Scientific Controls, a company that includes Ellis Litigation Support, Ellis Ladder Improvements and Ellis Fall Safety Solutions, a consulting firm specializing in fall hazard control planning, engineering and training.

    A Board Certified Safety Professional, Dr. Ellis is the 109th Fellow and Professional Member of the American Society of Safety Engineers, with memberships in the Construction and Consultant Divisions. In 2011, he was awarded the ASSE Thomas F. Bresnahan Standards Medal for his work advocating for voluntary national consensus standards.

    In addition, he is a member of the Human Factors & Ergonomics Society, past president of the Veterans of Safety and past dean of ambassadors (VOS).

    A Distinguished Service to Safety Award winner and past chairman of the NSC Construction Division, Dr. Ellis spoke on ladder safety at last year's NSC Congress & Expo.


    Honorary Lifetime Achievement Award Winners Announced

    Carl Jorgensen (left) and Wilson M. Yancey Jr.

    Congratulations to Carl F. Jorgensen and Wilson M. Yancey Jr. for winning the 2017 NSC Honorary Lifetime Achievement Award, given to those who bring exceptional service to their divisions.

    Jorgensen has been an active Labor Division member for many years, sitting on the Welcoming Committee, the Industrial Safety Committee and the Awards Committee. He also has served on the Board of Directors and been an officer of the USW Safety Caucus. He is a strong safety advocate on and off the job, promoting safety in a variety of volunteer roles in addition to his work with the Council.

    Yancey is senior vice president of safety, health and environment at Quanta Services in Houston and has been an active member of the NSC Construction and Utilities Division since 1990. He has served as chairman of the division, and a member of the NSC Board of Delegates, Board of Directors and as a trustee. He received the NSC Distinguished Service to Safety Award in 2005.

    Thank you both for your service to NSC and its divisions! 

    How Do You Measure Up?

    Division members interested in measuring their safety management systems can use National Safety Council survey services.

    The Council's employee perception surveys provide a valid and reliable measure of safety programs by capturing elements of safety excellence, including management leadership, supervisory engagement, employee involvement, safety program and activity impact, as well as safety and organizational climate.

    The results will help companies:

    • Gauge the overall health of their safety management system and safety culture
    • Benchmark employee responses against more than 1,000 top-flight organizations
    • Increase employee engagement and morale
    • Generate a prioritized improvement plan using valid leading indicator metrics
    • Incorporate SMART countermeasures into your continuous improvement process
    • Establish a numeric baseline on an easy-to-understand scale for future reassessment

    NSC employee perception surveys (Safety Barometer, OSCAR, BASIS) are long-established, customizable and available in multiple languages. They also provide the option of comparing survey results by employee groups or locations to strategically focus improvement efforts.

    Experts work with companies to ensure results are comprehensive and actionable. Post-survey support and services, such as presentations and action planning facilitation, also are available.

    Find out more here, or contact Courtney Davies at (630) 775-2073 or

    Fatigue: A Growing Problem Affecting the Workforce

    ​Research shows 13% of workplace injuries can be attributed to fatigue. A new report from National Safety Council, Fatigue in the Workplace: Causes and Consequences of Employee Fatigue, breaks down a probability-based survey of more than 2,000 working adults and their experience with fatigue. 

    The report shows that 97% of workers have at least one workplace fatigue risk factor, while more than 80% have more than one risk factor. When multiple risk factors are present, risk on the job increases. 

    Fatigue can have detrimental effects on a person's health and safety, both on and off the job. It is a problem that has gone largely unaddressed. 

    This is the first in a series of three reports to be released by NSC on the prevalence of fatigue in the American workforce. Download your copy today to protect your workforce from this growing critical safety issue by visiting

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    Quarterly Webinars Scheduled

    The Young Professionals Division kicked off its quarterly webinar series aimed at giving division members access to NSC experts on various topics.

    The first webinar Aug. 2, Saving Lives Now With Vehicle Automation, was presented by Alex Epstein, NSC senior director, digital strategy and content. The webinar explored how vehicle safety technology of the future, like self-driving cars, might still be years away, but the tools we have right now can – with awareness and education – save lives today. 

    Watch Divisions United and the for updates as future webinars are scheduled.

    Opportunities to Grow

    Division members have many opportunities to get smarter and safer:

    Aug. 30, 10 a.m.

    NSC all-divisions free webinar, Your Exclusive NSC Membership Benefits. Learn more and register here.

    Sept. 9, 8 a.m.

    The meeting of the Alcohol, Drugs and Impairment Division will be held in conjunction with the fifth joint meeting of the Society of Forensic Toxicologists. The meeting will be from 8 a.m. to noon at the Boca Raton Resort and Club in Boca Raton, FL. Learn more and register here

    Sept. 23-27

    Save money by registering early for the 2017 NSC Congress & Expo in Indianapolis.

    The Congress & Expo schedule includes a variety of meetings for division members. Safety professionals will discuss industry trends and share best practices, hear regulatory and legislative updates, and learn about progress being made to eliminate preventable deaths in our workplaces. Get the divisions meeting schedule here.

    This year's Congress & Expo will include a career center sponsored by Georgia Pacific. The center will offer career counseling, professional résumé service and information on EHS certification. NSC corporate partners and a representative from also will be on hand. The center will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 25 and 26.

    The NSC Women's Caucus will host its first Celebrating Women in Safety continental breakfast from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at NSC Congress & Expo in the Serpentine Lobby of the convention center. The event is free but invitation-only, so you must RSVP. Seats are limited, so please register as soon as possible.

    Oct. 25, 10 a.m. 

    All-divisions webinar: Using Employee Perception Surveys to Proactively Measure Safety Management System Performance and Safety Culture, presented by Jonathan Thomas, NSC director of research and safety management solutions.

    Today's safety professionals value proactive measures to improve their safety management systems. Employee safety perception surveys can provide a comprehensive and sensitive set of metrics to evaluate and monitor management commitment, supervisor engagement, employee involvement and organizational culture. This presentation will explain the role of employee safety perception surveys to organizations striving for safety excellence.

    Registration information will be available soon.

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