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2013 NSC Congress & Expo Highlights

Wednesday, October 2

Technical Tour of Soldier Field
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.
New Workshops Offered
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.
Leadership Keynote: Safe 4 the Right Reasons
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.





Tuesday, October 1

National Awards Ceremony

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 keynote

Prescription Drug Keynote

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.

Occupational keynote

Occupational Keynote: The Future of Workplace Safety and the Impact on the Safety Profession

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.

Presidents Award

NSC Bestows the President's Award to Paul O'Neill

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.

OSHA top 10

OSHA’s Top 10 & Solutions from ISEA Experts

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.

Executive Edge Panel: The Future of Risk Management – Embedding and Executing on EHS, Sustainability, and Enterprise Risk

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.

Motivational Keynote: The Human Side of Injury Prevention

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.

Monday, September 30

3rd Annual Rock 'n' Community Event

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.

Technical Sessions
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 Shinglator
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.
Executive Forum: Seizing Opportunities by Identifying, Minimizing & Managing EHS & Enterprise Risk

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.

Expo Open
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.
2013 DSSA Honorees Announced
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.
DuPont presented with Robert W. Campbell Award
Thousands of 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.
The Allstate Insurance Company & Allstate Foundation received the Flame of Life Award
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.
Opening Session: Leading Safety into the Future
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.


Sunday, September 29

Young Professionals Division Launch Party
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.



New Members Elected to the National Safety Council Board of Directors

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.


Saturday, September 28

DDC Awards Banquet

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.


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NSC has examined the leading causes of unintentional deaths and injuries, and is taking action in five areas:

Workplace Safety

Prescription Drug Overdoses

Safe Communities

Distracted Driving

Teen Driving 

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