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. The Council recognizes organizations that have focused on safety as a critical part of their operations with the prestigious Robert W. Campbell Award®

    Celebrating significant safety achievements, NSC presents the Green Cross for Safety® award for safety excellence, innovation and advocacy. The highest safety recognition for individuals is the Council's Distinguished Service to Safety Awards, 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.
  • 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.

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


  • 2014 Annual Report

    Throughout this report, you will find stories of people and organizations working alongside the Council to make an impact in saving lives and preventing injuries.

    View the Report
  • Safety Agenda

    NSC examines issues that lead to unintentional injury and death, and strategies we can use to stay safe.

    Download the Agenda

Our Values


Ownership of our behaviors, decisions and results


Active prevention of injury and illness, on and off the job, to enable us and those around us to live life to the fullest


Working from the outside in, delivering value to all we serve


Transformative change that achieves positive results


Exuding a positive attitude


Working together to achieve extraordinary results

National Safety Council 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.

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