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Government and Public Sector Division

  • ​NSC Government and Public Sector Division works diligently to end preventable deaths in our lifetime.

    With 108 members and growing, the Division is a catalyst for a safety culture in government and the public sector that is equivalent to or safer than similar work performed in the private sector.

    Our Mission: Facilitating the identification, evaluation and provision of safety resources and best practices through the collaboration of Division members.

    Our Vision: To be recognized as the leading safety resource for government and public sector organizations. 

    Questions? Please email Division Manager Christy Maes, Join the Division by emailing

    Chairman's Message

    Welcome to the Government and Public Sector Division. By joining this division, you are getting in on the ground floor of what we believe will be a very important effort to make government and public sector workplaces much safer than they are today. Currently, injury rates for government workers are much higher than the private sector.  Our division feels that this should change, and we will be working towards that goal. I welcome your participation in this very important conversation.

    – I. David Daniels
    Retired Chief Fire Officer
    Public Sector Safety Consultant

    Government and Public Sector Division Values

    • Safety as strategy for effective and efficient government: The safety, health and survival of government and public sector workers is key to effective and efficient government at every level.  While cost effective government is paramount, investment in safe and healthful government and public sector workplaces today is a more prudent strategy than addressing a worker injury or fatality tomorrow.
    • Strengthening the community of government and public sector safety professionals:  Safety professionals in government and public sector organizations are critical to the success of a workplace safety system.  Given the vast array of services provided by government, it is not possible for any individual to have safety related expertise in every area, therefore the variety of expertise of the community of safety professionals is an invaluable asset.  The ability of the division to facilitate connections between safety professionals is a priority.
    • Diversity of methods: While government and public sector safety professionals have similar goals and objectives, the methods employed to achieve these goals will vary based on the purposes, constraints, initiatives and opportunities available to both the organization and the safety professional.
    • Evidence-based effort: The Division will focus its resources on efforts that improve the safety culture of government and public sector organizations in an evidence-based manner.   

    Government and Public Sector Division Executive Leadership



    I. David Daniels
    Retired Chief Fire Officer
    Public Sector Safety Consultant
    Government and Public Sector Division Chair


    Mark S. Horr
    Senior Safety Specialist, Office of Safety, Training and Facilities Management
    Department of Waste Management and Recycling
    County of Sacramento
    Government and Public Sector Division Vice Chair


    Nicole Torrez, CPRS
    Office Support Specialist
    Southeast Metro Stormwater Authority
    Government and Public Sector Division Secretary

    Andrea McLane
    Executive Safety Director
    City of Atlanta, Office of the Mayor
    Government and Public Sector Division Treasurer



    Marilyn Rivers, CPCU, ARM, AIC
    Director of Risk and Safety, Safety and Compliance Officer
    Saratoga Spring, NY


    Maria Mitchell, MS, CSM-Safety, CSM-Sustainability
    Former Manager, Risk Management and Safety
    Miami-Dade County
    Editor, Florida Occupational Injury and Illness Coalition Journal
    Florida Department of Health
    Member-at-Large, State Government Section Lead


    William J. Whitman
    Safety Director
    Department of the Army
    Fort Carson, CO
    Member-at-Large, Federal Government Section Lead


    Christy Maes
    NSC Division Program Manager

Public Eye on Safety Online Library

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Protocols and Practices

The Government and Public Sector Division is required to operate within the procedures described in its Protocols and Practices document.

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What is the Biggest Risk
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Workplace violence, traffic crashes, falls, being hit by an object – what poses the greatest risk of injury or death for government workers? This page from Injury Facts 2016® sums it up.

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