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  • About the National Safety Council

    ​Our Vision: making our world safer

    The nation's leading safety advocate for more than 100 years, the National Safety Council is a nonprofit organization with the mission to save lives by preventing injuries and deaths at work, in homes and communities, and on the road through leadership, research, education and advocacy. Working to make the world measurably safer, NSC advances this mission by engaging businesses, government agencies, elected officials and the public to help prevent the fifth leading cause of death in the U.S. – unintentional injuries.

    The Council is data driven, relying on research to inform best practice solutions to safety issues. To make the greatest impact, NSC focuses on where the most preventable injuries and deaths occur - cell phone use while driving, teen driving, workplace safety, prescription painkiller use and safety in the community. As a catalyst for behavior change, NSC promotes April as Distracted Driving Awareness Month and June as National Safety Month.

    Acknowledged as the go-to source for safety, NSC provides a variety of educational opportunities – many through NSC University – including First Aid, Workplace Safety and Driver Safety courses, and is a leading source of occupational safety information through Safety+Health® magazine. The NSC Congress & Expo brings together the world's largest annual gathering of safety professionals. Through the Safe Communities America program, NSC certifies communities with rigorous safety initiatives.

    The Campbell Institute at the Council is the global center of excellence for environmental, health and safety and collaborates with top performing organizations to share research and best practices widely across industries.

    Celebrating significant safety achievements, NSC honors an organization with the Robert W. Campbell Award® for safety excellence and presents the Green Cross for Safety® medal to a company and its CEO for outstanding safety leadership. The highest safety award for an individual is the Council's Distinguished Service to Safety Award, given annually.

    NSC uses the concept of the Journey to Safety Excellence® as a roadmap for organizations to continuously improve their safety practice to ensure zero harm. A 501c3 nonprofit, chartered by Congress with local Chapters and global networks, and more than 50,000 members, NSC is committed to helping keep people safe wherever they are.


  • 2013 Annual Report

    In 2013, we helped save more than 3,000 lives and prevent more than 330,000 injuries. Find out how in our interactive Annual Report.

    View Report

  • Safety Agenda

    NSC examines issues leading to the greatest numbers of injuries and deaths, effective prevention strategies and what each of us can do.

    Download the Agenda

  • Data Driven


    Everything we do is based on research. Check out our Injury Facts publication - the go to source for the latest injury and fatality statistics.

    The chart on the left shows three peaks of fatalities through a lifetime: teen crashes, unintentional poisoning in middle age and falls near the end of life.


NSC Mission

The National Safety Council saves lives by preventing injuries and deaths at work, in homes and communities, and on the roads through leadership, research, education and advocacy.

Campbell Institute

The Campbell Institute was built upon one belief: that Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) is at the core of business vitality.

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