New to the program this year, a limited group of
Congress-goers were able to tour the 1.6 million square foot home of the
Chicago Bears. The tour covered everything from the locker rooms to the field
itself, all through a safety-based lens.
Based on attendee feedback from last year, three new
workshops were added to the Congress agenda this year: “Inside Out: Rethinking
Safety Management Paradigms,” “Drifting to Disaster...Why Safe Organizations
Fail” and “Just Imagine! Revitalize Your Safety Program.” Workshops provided
excellent training and educational opportunities.
The key to eliminating on- and off-the-job incidents is to
get employees to value their personal safety. Dale Lesinski explained how to do
this through an appeal to basic human instincts in this keynote session.
NSC spent the evening celebrating the accomplishments of its
members, safety leaders and Rising Stars among their colleagues, families and
friends. Award recipients took the stage with NSC President & CEO Janet
Froetscher and Jeff Woodbury chairman of the NSC Board of Directors, in
recognition for their outstanding safety achievements. Read the release.
Prescription drug overdoses have become a national epidemic that can hurt your company’s bottom line and make your workplace less safe. The Council joined forces with a panel of experts to discuss this hidden issue.
This interactive keynote session included presentations from Dr. John Howard, director of NIOSH and Paul O’Neill, 72nd Secretary of the U.S. Treasury, providing updates and insights on workplace safety. The session concluded with 20 minutes of Q&A with the audience.
The Council honored former U.S. Treasury Secretary and Alcoa CEO Paul O'Neill with the President's Award at its annual Congress & Expo. This award recognizes the contribution of an individual or group to the Council's mission of saving lives by preventing injuries and deaths at work, in homes and communities, and on the roads. O'Neill is being honored for his commitment to safety leadership. Read the release.
NSC Congress & Expo attendees were the first to hear OSHA's Top 10 most cited violations for fiscal year 2013 live from the Expo floor. Following the reveal, experts from the International Safety Equipment Association shared how to avoid violations and what equipment manufacturers are using to make workers safer. Read more about OSHA Top 10 violations for 2013.
Organizations worldwide of all industries and sizes face the same challenge: understanding how to most strategically embed and execute on existing EHS and risk management efforts in a holistic way. In this panel discussion, EHS and Operations leaders shared their tested, practical approaches to integrating EHS, sustainability and other critical risk management functions into their organization’s Enterprise Risk Management profile.
Two of the most powerful and dynamic speakers in the country—E. Scott Geller and Charlie Morecraft—teamed up to discuss the interpersonal dimension of occupational safety through an incredible real-life example, followed by a book signing.
Networking, live music from the Brother John Band, hors d'oeurves and a special appearance from the DePaul Dancers made for a night to remember at the 3rd annual Rock 'n' Community: Connections for a CauseTM event. Funds raised at this year’s event will go to helping keep communities safe through the Safe Communities America program.
Attendees choose from
among 130 introductory- to advanced-level Technical Sessions in the following
tracks: Construction/Labor/Utilities; Emerging Issues; Executive Edge; Fleet
Driver & Transportation Safety; Management, Leadership, Employee Engagement
& Culture; Operational/Technical/ Regulatory; Research to Practice; Risk
Reduction & Management; Safety Management Systems; Safety Performance
Measurement; Training; and Young Professionals.
The Campbell Institute and Industrial Scientific sponsored a
challenge for students enrolled in a Carnegie Mellon University robotics class.
Expo attendees were able to witness first-hand the award-winning prototype
robot install roofing shingles.
World-class organizations and those who lead them don’t just
see the big picture – they leverage it for maximum impact. Three top executives
from Firmenich, DuPont and Sikorsky Aircraft with cross-industry perspectives
shared their thoughts on Enterprise Risk Management in this provocative
discussion followed by a Q&A session.
With more than 900 exhibitors and 13,000 professionals in
attendance, this year’s Congress & Expo draws dedicated safety
professionals from various industries, including manufacturing, petrochemical,
transportation and more. On display are the newest developments in the safety
field, covering the latest innovations. On the floor is the NSC Resource
Center, where visitors can find the best practices, resources and measurement
tools needed to protect their workforce around the clock to help progress on
the Journey to Safety Excellence.
Distinguished Service to Safety Award were presented to four
individuals—Teresa Cole, David Lee Jewell, Carl Jorgensen and George Kennedy—at
the Opening Session for their exemplary efforts and successes in improving
safety and health at work, on the road, and in the home and community as well
as their national impact on the safety movement. Read the release.
safety professionals gathered at Opening Session as the Council presented
DuPont with the highest global honor in environmental, health and safety, the
Robert W. Campbell award. In its tenth year, the selection of the Campbell
Award involves a comprehensive evaluation of an organization’s EHS management
system and the impact it has on the bottom line. More information available.
At the Opening Session, NSC proudly bestowed the prestigious
Flame of Life Award to Allstate Insurance Company and the Allstate Foundation
for continuous efforts to reduce car crashes involving teen drivers. The award,
which recognizes significant lifesaving contributions to safety, only has been
awarded four times in the Council’s 100 year history. Read the release.
At last year’s Celebration
of the Century, NSC took a look back at the lessons, collaboration and
safety milestones that inspired 100 years of progress. This year, Captain Mark
Kelly, Commander of the Space Shuttle Endeavour's final mission, kicked off the
event with an inspirational talk on Leading
Safety into the Future. Together, we explored the safety issues that are
going to significantly impact society in the years to come and how to proceed
on the Journey to Safety Excellence. Read the release.
Hundreds of safety professionals under the age of 45
attended the Young Professionals Division launch party on the Navy Pier
rooftop. The newest NSC Division, this group provides up and coming safety
leaders the chance to network and share ideas with their peers. If you are
interested in joining or looking for more information, click here.
Today, five new members were elected to the NSC Board of
Directors. The Council proudly announced that Jeff Woodbury, Vice President of Safety, Security, Health and Environment
for Exxon Mobil Corporation, has been elected chairman of the Board. Along with
Woodbury, NSC also welcomed Chuck
Clairmont, Executive Director and CEO of the North Dakota Safety
Council; David Kepler, Executive Vice President of Business Services, Chief
Sustainability Officer and Chief Information Officer for The Dow Chemical
Company; Mark Manion, Executive Vice
President and Chief Operating Officer of
Norfolk Southern Corp; and Robert
Skaggs, President and CEO of NiSource. Read more about new members elected to the NSC Board.
More than 150 organizations and 20 individuals from across
the United States and around the world were recognized for their outstanding
achievements in making our roadways safer at the Defensive Driving Courses
awards banquet of the National Safety Council. Honorees included training centers
and instructors of defensive driving courses as well the winners of the Teen Driving Safety Leadership Awards.