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  •      December 2017

    Divisions United Newsletter

    Plan Ahead for the 2018 Spring Meetings


    Dale Lesinski

    Don’t wait to register for the 2018 NSC Spring Divisions meetings. Join professionals from a number of industries in pursuing solutions to shared safety challenges.

    The meetings will be held May 20 to 23 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Rosemont, IL, near Chicago’s O’Hare Airport.

    The opening session will feature Dale Lesinski, vice president of sales and training for DiVal Safety Equipment, Inc. As a Qualified Safety Sales Professional, Dale will share his inspirational message, “Safety, It’s a Wonderful Life,” celebrating those responsible for the safety of others and the profound effect they have on people’s lives. He’ll also demonstrate the focus and passion every safety professional needs to make the optimal impact.

    The Spring Meetings also will offer:

    • Insights from industry experts to bring back to your workplace and communities
    • Ideas for recharging your company's safety programs to motivate employees and colleagues
    • Professional contacts and valuable networking

    View the tentative agenda. Registration information will be available soon.

    Benchmarking Offers Telling Insights

    Last year's NSC Safety Operations Benchmarking Study revealed several telling statistics about the participating organizations:

    • 74% of our members reported their incident rate improved or stayed the same since last year
    • 70% felt employee engagement was one of the biggest challenges to improving safety
    • The top three most pressing safety & health issues are complacency, an aging workforce, and slips, trips and falls
    • Organizations with decreased incidents generally had higher employee and supervisor participation

    When NSC opens the second year of the study, companies will be able to input safety data and compare it to others in their industry. This allows organizations to identify areas for their own improvement while sharing insight for other members on how they can shape safety policies.

    If you haven't entered your 2016 data, it's no too late. Enter it today so you can compare your year-over-year results.

    Your participation will help your organization identify areas for improvement and provide insight for other members on how to effectively shape safety policies for future success.

    Once you complete at least 75% of the survey you will be able to generate dynamic reports, including:

    • Benchmarking summary report
    • Safety management report
    • Safety programs report
    • Safety performance report

    To learn more about the benchmarking study, review highlights from the 2016 results and see how to create and download personalized reports, view the recorded webinar. (This is a member-exclusive benefit; you will be required to log in.)

    Starting in January, members will be able to enter 2017 data and dynamically compare annual safety and health information including:

    • Annual safety and health budgets
    • Executive level engagement
    • Salary comparisons
    • Most pressing safety issues
    • Challenges to improving safety and health
    • Safety training
    • Incident rates
    • And more

    NEW THIS YEAR: You will be able to enter, track and compare your DART rate, incident rate (non-fatal injuries) and lost-time Injury severity rate.

    Another way to get useful information is by joining the NSC Journey to Safety Excellence program. When you join, you can get a free NSC Employee Safety Perception Survey to determine how much your workers feel you truly care about their safety and wellbeing, raising awareness and engagement.


    NSC Kicks Off Opioid Awareness Campaign

    Stop Everyday Killers, a national opioid awareness campaign from the National Safety Council, opened in Chicago Nov. 9. It's mission: to educate individuals on the risks of opioids and empower them with tools to address the opioid crisis.

    The installation featured Prescribed to Death: A Memorial to the Victims of the Opioid Crisis, and included 22,000 pills with faces carved onto them. Each pill represents the number of people who die every year – one every 24 minutes – from prescription opioid overdoses.

    Stop Everyday Killers also included a survey that found one in four Americans have been directly impacted by opioid misuse. The poll also showed that 40% of respondents are not concerned about prescription medication posing a threat to their family. There is a significant gap in awareness of the risks these prescriptions pose, and this campaign is aiming to help fill that. 

    Other elements of the campaign include "Opioids: Warn Me" labels for insurance and pharmacy cards to prompt a conversation between patients and prescribers about the risks of taking opioids and possible alternatives. NSC also is working with pharmaceutical disposal company Stericycle, which is providing pre-paid Seal&Send envelopes for returning unused medications.

    The campaign also includes a video of people who have lost family members to overdose interviewing others who are using opioids. The footage highlights the impact of the crisis on those affected most – loved ones and their families.

    The memorial is going on the road, with stops in Pittsburgh and Atlanta, with other cities being discussed. For information on sponsoring the memorial, contact Kathy Bernstein at Learn more about the campaign and the opioid crisis at

    Advocates Can be a Voice for Change

    Through the Survivor Advocate Network, the National Safety Council is able to put a heart and face to unintentional deaths.

    The network allows advocates the opportunity to connect with one another and with larger audiences, where they can share stories, educate communities and influencers, and advocate for change. By sharing their personal stories in communities or through the media, they can enhance awareness and advance our common goal of eliminating preventable deaths at work, in homes and communities, and on the road.

    Members of the network met recently at NSC, exchanging stories and discussing how sharing their experiences can help bring awareness to a number of issues at the state and local level.

    Do you know someone who has suffered from a car crash related to distracted, drunk, drugged or drowsy driving who wants to share their story? Or would you like to hear from someone who lost a loved one to opioids and wants to help educate your workplace on the danger of opioids? The Survivor Advocate Network can help in both of these circumstances and many more.

    Read more about the network, or contact Katherine van den Bogert at for more information.

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    Get Smarter About Safety


    If you still have connections at your alma mater, or are a professor or instructor of safety in an academic setting, help spread the word about the NSC Scholarship programs offered right now.

    NSC provides individuals interested in pursuing safety as a career with funding for education, certifications and continuing education opportunities. Applications will be accepted through Jan. 15. Available scholarships include:

    Beyond the scholarships, National Safety Council also offers free student memberships. Student Members enjoy:

    • Discounts up to 30% on books, products and services
    • Scholarship opportunities
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    • Top-rated safety news delivered directly to their in-box
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    Nominations Open for Lifetime Achievement Award

    The Council is currently accepting nominations for the 2018 Honorary Lifetime Achievement Award, and Divisions members are well-positioned to recognize safety professionals worthy of this distinguished honor.

    Nominate someone from your company or a colleague from your Division. Qualifications include:

    • Spent more than 15 years as an active volunteer to a division and/or the Council
    • Excelled in leadership roles or spearheaded long-term projects for the Council

    If you know someone who meets these qualifications, nominate him or her for an Honorary Lifetime Achievement Award. The awards are given at the Spring Division Meetings each year, and this recognition is no longer restricted to those who are retiring or leaving the division.

    Submissions will be accepted until March 16, 2018. Learn more here or contact

    Remembering Kurt M. Dubowski

    A founder and former chair of the NSC Alcohol, Drugs and Impairment Division, Dr. Kurt M. Dubowski, spent nearly 70 years engaged in science and safety, holding many roles and earning countless honors in his career.

    Dubowski passed away in October in Oklahoma City. He was 95.

    Formerly known as the Committee on Alcohol and Other Drugs, Dubowski was chairman from 1969-71. In 1992, he was honored with the Robert F. Borkenstein Award for his contributions to the field of alcohol- and drug-related safety, and he was a 1995 recipient of the NSC Distinguished Service to Safety Award. He also was a founding member and past president of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences.

    Read more about Mr. Dubowski's remarkable accomplishments  on the American Academy of Forensic Sciences' website.

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