About the National Safety Council


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

Driven by data, NSC produces Injury Facts – an annual online compilation of statistics on unintentional deaths and injuries. To make the greatest impact, the Council focuses on opioid misuse and overdose, defensive and attentive driving, automotive technology advancements, teen safety, worker safety and fatigue.

NSC is the trusted source of occupational safety information and resources. Through NSC Workplace 360, the Council helps organizations advance from safety compliance to best practices through a wide range of workplace training and consulting services. Organizations become National Safety Council members to receive the latest safety information, trends, practical solutions and tools to eliminate preventable injuries and deaths in their workplace. NSC helps the safety professional champion safety through research, networking, awards and education, including the advanced safety certificate. The Campbell Institute at NSC is the global center of excellence for environmental health and safety.

Safety+Health® magazine is the leading provider of national coverage of safety news and analysis, while NSC University offers a variety of workplace education opportunities. The NSC Congress & Expo is the world's largest gathering of safety professionals annually.

The Council recognizes organizations that focus on safety as a critical part of their business operations with the prestigious Robert W. Campbell Award®. NSC also recognizes safety excellence through individual awards for Distinguished Service to Safety, the professional achievement of women in safety and rising stars early in their careers.

NSC helps keep families safe by promoting home and community safety. NSC is addressing the national prescription drug epidemic through advocacy and education resources and trains 500,000 First Aid responders every year. The Council also addresses youth safety through programs on child passenger and teen safety.

NSC makes roadways measurably safer through a focus on distracted driving, teen driving and driver safety training. NSC pioneered defensive driver education and trains millions every year to be safer drivers. As a catalyst for behavior change, NSC promotes April as Distracted Driving Awareness Month. The Council also leads Road to Zero, the national initiative to eliminate traffic fatalities by 2050.

Celebrating significant safety achievements, NSC presents the Green Cross for Safety® award for safety excellence, innovation and advocacy. The Council also promotes June as National Safety Month. The Council’s public education campaign, Stop Everyday Killers, emphasizes how to avoid preventable deaths where they are happening most often, including opioid overdoses and car crashes.

A 501c3 nonprofit, chartered by Congress, with local Chapters, global networks and more than 50,000 members, NSC is committed to helping keep people safe wherever they are.

Safety History


Over the past century, through the combined efforts of the safety movement, great progress has been made in addressing hazards by implementing better design, working conditions and accountability. As a result, we are better able to protect our most important assets: people and the planet. This interactive timeline commemorates 100 years of safety, advocacy and innovation. There is still room for improvement, but we are proud of the progress made.

Safety Agenda

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

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2017 Annual Report

Welcome to the new, web-based 2017 Annual Report. NSC made great strides towards eliminating preventable death and injury at work, in homes and communities, and on the road over the past year.

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