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Research & Statistical Services

Ultimately, our goal as a research and statistical group is no different from that of the National Safety Council as whole – making our world safer. We do it through scientific approaches and methodologies that provide information, intervention strategies and practical tools that significantly contribute to the cause of safety and health.

Research and statistics have been a focus for the National Safety Council since day one. The Council published the first comprehensive statistical compendium on unintentional injuries and deaths in the early 1920s, shortly after its inception. Since then, we’ve published statistical information annually, without interruption – first as Accident Facts® and more recently as Injury Facts®. We’ve also created a comprehensive system for tracking and compiling injury and illness data.

The Council’s Research & Statistical Services Group is also responsible for the Journal of Safety Research, an international, peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary journal published five times per year. Learn more about other Research & Statistical Services publications by visiting our Publications page. Developed within the Research & Statistical Services Group are NSC's Employee Perception Surveys, which have been used by establishments worldwide to benchmark their safety programs and provide accurate sensitive indicators of program quality.

The Council has had basic research capabilities since the early 1960s. The current Research & Statistical Services Group offers a diverse range of scientific expertise – everything from safety engineering to epidemiology to social psychology and, of course, statistics. We hold a philosophical position in our approach to injury science. We believe that the causes of injury and illness are interrelated and that the most fruitful preventive measures will reflect the dynamic interplay of environmental, social, physical, emotional and behavioral factors. We are committed to using all of the knowledge and scientific tools at our disposal to understand and prevent injury and promote well-being. See our Glossary to become more familiar with some important injury-, safety- and health-related terms.

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