NSC Policy Positions

NSC Policy Positions

#159: COVID-19 Testing
Supports the use of COVID-19 testing mechanisms by businesses to help ensure worker safety and health, and stop the spread of the coronavirus.

#160: OSHA Regulatory Authority During the Coronavirus Pandemic
Urges OSHA to issue a temporary emergency standard to protect workers from occupational exposure to COVID-19.

#161: Contact Tracing
Urges OSHA to issue a temporary emergency standard to protect workers from occupational exposure to COVID-19.

#2: Credit Policy for State and Local Safety Organizations
Lays out consequences if conference members or councils have past-due balances.

#4: Federal Government Relationship
Lays out relationship of NSC to the federal government, including independence and lack of accepting subsidies (however, NSC can accept grant and contract work).

#6: Public Information
Lays out the Council's intent to provide accurate, accessible information on the size and severity of the "accident problem" and efforts to address it; restricts NSC from paying for safety advertising.

#8: Safety in Action
NSC Statement on "Safety in Action" describes need for, formation of and intent of Council.

#10: NSC Trademark Use
Position on use of NSC "Green Cross for Safety" registered trademark.

#37: Furthering Voluntary Control of the Accident Problem by Business and Industry
Statement on furthering safety progress outside of additional government regulation.

#80: Acceptance and Use of Contributions
Lays out guidelines for accepting contributions, including clearly identifying funding source, assuring consistent contributor message with NSC values, reserve right for final approval of any programs or materials produced under the funding, assure no requirement to advocate or not advocate in such a way that is inconsistent with NSC policy/positions, inform and seek approval from Board of Directors for any contributions that would conflict with these or any other NSC value/policy/position.

#87: Funding for Safety Agenda for the Nation Issues
Seek funding to achieve goals of Safety Agenda for the Nation.

#88: National Safety Month Proclamation
Support for an official (presidential/Congressional) National Safety Month proclamation or resolution.

#98: Safety, Health and Environmental Research, Outreach, Training and Compliance Assistance
Allows NSC to seek Congressional funding for research, outreach, training and compliance assistance.

#135: Traumatic Brain Injury
Supports the National Concussion Surveillance System, developed by the CDC, to better understand the scope and severity of traumatic brain injury and provide insight for more effective prevention and treatment methods.

#136: Mental Health Parity
Supports mental health parity so coverage, payment and treatment for mental health conditions and substance use disorders are equal to that of other chronic and acute health conditions.

#137: Research and Data Collection
Robust data collection systems help identify shifts in trends and patterns indicating the emergence of new injury issues and concerns. Recommends academia, government, industry, labor and other entities consider how they can further contribute to research and data collection.

#150: Tobacco
Supports efforts to reduce and eliminate tobacco consumption in the United States.

#151: Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems
Supports policies aimed at reducing the use of electronic nicotine delivery systems, with a particular emphasis on policies that restrict -cigarette use by teenagers.

#13: Use of Fireworks
The Council opposes the use of fireworks by both adults and children, except when by professionals in controlled conditions; expresses support for NFPA 494-L Model State Fireworks Law; supports federal enforcement of prohibition of mail-order fireworks; supports educational effots on danger of fireworks.

#38: President's Committee on Employment of the Handicapped
Reflects the Council's support of national efforts to help the handicapped utilizing public and private sector resources.

#54: Alcoholic Beverage Advertising
NSC staff should work with manufacturers and other parties to discourage ads promoting high-risk behavior, particularly among youth.

#57: Children's Acute Poisoning Prevention
Lengthy position statement on prevention and treatment measures for children's poisoning, including home preparation.

#69: Training of Child Care Providers in Safety and Health
Childhood education programs should include OSH; in-home child care providers should also require safety training; child care facility admins should establish training programs for staff; encourage funding to strengthen data on which to base safety and health decisions for children due to little available accident/illness data.

#70: Firearms and Children
Supports development of a uniform procedure for identifying, reporting and summarizing firearms accidents; urges industry to design safety features on weapons to prevent ready firing by children and untrained people; supports requirements for secure storage of weapons; "every person owning a firearm is responsible for safekeeping."

#75: Personal Flotation Devices for Children
Resolution: Use of personal flotation devices should be for children 12 years and younger.

#82: Substance Abuse Education
Promotes substance abuse education in schools.

#97: NOAA Funding
Supports implementation of a national NOAA weather radio service and early warning flood prediction program.

#107: E-Codes

#116: Naloxone Distribution, Overdose Education and Good Samaritan Laws
Supports states continuing to address legal barriers to prescribing, dispensing, obtaining, possessing and administering naloxone for the reversal of opioid overdose.

#118: Opioid Addiction Treatment Guidelines
Supports medication assisted addiction treatment and ongoing aftercare.

#120: Pain Clinic Regulations
Supports states' efforts to deter the operation of "pain clinics" operating outside guidelines for licensed physicians and whose primary treatment is prescribing opioids.

#121: Prescribing Guidelines Based on Best Practices
Supports physicians and dental groups that take into consideration the risks of opiod use and the benefits of non-opioid treatments when developing guidelines to treat acute and chronic pain.

#122: Prevention of Prescription Drug Overdose
Encourages the public to support federal, state and community efforts to reduce prescription drug misuse and overdose.

#123: State Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs
Supports the work of state pharmacy boards, substance abuse agencies, health department and other entities that administer the states' prescriptiong drug monitoring programs, and the continued efforts to link all states' information into a national database accessible to all prescribers.

#124: Rx Funding: Federal Government Action to Address Prescription Drug Overdose
Supports reasonable actions by the federal government to address the growing rate of prescription drug overdoses throughout the country.

#126: Requiring Prescriber Education as Part of the DEA CSA Registration
Recommends the DEA require continuing medical education for prescribers who register with them under the Controlled Substances Act of 1970.

#139: Safe Firearms
Calls specific attention to the lack of meaningful research relating to non-fatal and fatal firearms incidents. Recommends that government and interested groups and individuals develop a uniform procedure for identifying, reporting and summarizing firearms incidents.

#154: Specialized Court Programs
Supports the use of specialized courts to divert non-violent and low-level offenders from the criminal court system.

#155: Zero Tolerance Recreational Cannabis User Under Age 21
Supports a zero tolerance of recreational cannabis use by individuals under the age of 21.

#156: Appropriate Labeling of Cannabis- and Marijuana-derived Products
Supports explicit, clear, detailed labeling for all cannabis-derived products that contain THC, CBD and products marketed as "synthetic marijuana" to prevent misuse.

#162: Medicaid Support for Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder (SUD)
Supports adopting Medicaid expansion and opposes cuts to the Medicaid program because it is a critical tool to reduce overdose deaths, help individuals receive treatment and recover from SUDs, and mitigate impacts of mental illness.

#164: Mental Health Prevention and Treatment
Supports actions by stakeholders on the federal, state and local levels, in addition to employers and other organizations, to advance initiatives that support mental health as part of overall health.

#15: 55 MPH National Speed Limit
Supports national 55mph speed limit.

#16: Highway Trust Fund
Adequate funds must exist to maintain and improve the nation’s highway system to achieve mobility with safety.

#17: Motorcycle Helmets
Recommends all motorcycle riders wear approved helmets.

#23: Automobile Passenger Restraint Systems
Urges seat belt use by all motor vehicle occupants, and that the use of seat belts be promoted by all safety organizations and all supporting organizations.

#25: Extended Safety Belt Usage
Member organizations should require seatbelt use.

#32: Under 21 Drinking and Driving
Supports minimum drinking age of 21; supports federal sanctions for states not in compliance.

#39: Speed Limited Motor Driven Cycles (MOPEDS)
States should adopt uniform definition and requirements for MOPEDS.

#42: Sanctions for Drivers Convicted of Alcohol Impaired Driving
Sets out suggested penalties including license revocation for all offenders; elimination of mandatory severe penalties for first-time offenders (no jail time); assure swift adjudication; alcohol treatment should be in addition to, not in lieu of revocation and other penalties.

#43: Enforcement of Laws Aimed at Alcohol Impaired Driving
Includes enforcement specifics: all nighttime driving violations should be tested for alcohol with passive sensors, screen all drivers stopped at checkpoints, accountability and peformance measures for road checkpoints.

#45: Radar Detection Devices
Federal government should ban CMV use of radar detectors; states should ban all use of radar detectors.

#50: Traffic Control Devices
Support establishment of visibility-based performance standards for traffic control devices.

#51: Motor Vehicle Risk to Employees
Urges OSHA to publicly announce intention to require OSH Act employers to require seat belt use by employees.

#52: Railroad Bridge Safety
Requests the NTSB conduct a study of the structural integrity of railroad bridges.

#53: Motor Vehicle Advertising
NSC should work with auto manufacturers to discourage ads that promote excessive speed and other risky behavior.

#55: Immediate Automatic Driver's License Suspension
Jurisdictions should allow for administrative suspension/revocation of licenses following DUI arrest if refusing (or failing) testing; progressive penalties for repeat violations.

#56: Utility Pole Hazards
Congress and state legislatures should establish methods for identifying potentially hazardous utility pole installations; take corrective action on current and future ones.

#59: Highway Safety Program
Urges the Department of Transportation to adopt priorities, including an annual highway safety goal to lower mileage death rate and total fatalities, greater highway safety prominence in administrative agenda, increased research funding, continuation of certain programs, continued NHTSA standards and continued NHTSA research.

#62: Pedestrian Safety
Urges all governmental jurisdictions to adopt and conduct a comprehensive program for pedestrian safety.

#64: Construction and Work Zone Safety
Urges federally funded research program on work zone crashes, development of countermeasures, enforcement of regulations (federal and state) for work zone protection, adding "work zone" as uniform definition reporting data item on accident data.

#66: Citation Tracking System
Traffic citation files should be listed and displayed with accident files to provide more comprehensive computerized safety record-keeping system.

#72: Older Drivers
Supports promoting the mobility and safety of older drivers to ensure improved safety on the highways.

#78: Guiding Principles for Highway Safety
Lays out ways in which NSC can support highway safety at both the federal and state level.

#89: DOT Regulations on "Clear Zones"
Supporting DOT use of "clear zone" areas, "side-slopes" and other devices to keep drivers on roadway.

#90: Airbags and Restraint Use
Supports enhancement of airbag and seat belt safety campaigns.

#91: Occupant Protection
Supports strong, primary seatbelt laws.

#92: Graduated Driver Licensing – Seat Belt Usage and Teenage Passenger Ristrictions
Supports legislation and legislative initiatives that focus on mandatory seat-belt requirements and restrictions on other teenage passengers.

#104: Support of Automated Enforcement
Supports use of automated enforcement (cameras) for red lights and speed limits; communities should evaluate and improve effectiveness.

#106: Ignition Interlocks
Supports all-offender interlock laws.

#108: Confirmation of Positive Drug Screen Results in Transportation Safety Cases
All positive results in transporation accidents should be confirmed by alternate method prior to issuing report; no reporting of presumptive positive results.

#109: Cell Phone and Text Messaging Restrictions
Recognizes cognitive distraction, recommends states pass laws banning handheld and hands-free phone usage; recommends employer policies and employee education; calls on scientific, traffic safety and law enforcement community for continuous improvement.

#127: Minimum Licensure Age for CMV Drivers
Supports requirement for interstate commercial motor vehicle drivers to be at least 21 years old.

#129: Child Passenger Restraints
Supports mandatory use of properly secured, positioned and tested child restraints in motor vehicles and in airplanes for all children who do not correctly fit in seat belts. Also supports incorporation of lap and shoulder belts into school buses.

#130: Low Alcohol Concentration National Culture Change
Supports a national campaign to inform Americans that impairment begins with the first drink. Also supports states' efforts to lower the legal blood alcohol concentration limit for drivers.

#133: Automotive Safety Technology
Supports mandatory or voluntary adoption of new automotive safety technologies in vehicles to help reduce crashes and supports education programs to ensure drivers know how to use these safety technologies.

#134: Graduated Driver Licensing
Encourages states to adopt best-practice GDL systems that meet a minimum criteria.

#142: Drug Recognition Experts
Increase involvement in the area of drug-impaired driving, enabling NSC to become a leader on driving safety and impairment as states continue the trend of decriminalizing marijuana, over-the-counter and prescription drug use increases, and illegal drug use increases.

#143: Drowsy Driving
Supports the implementation of effective countermeasures and policies to reduce fatigue risks on the road for commercial and passenger vehicle drivers.

#147: Vulnerable Road Users
Supports transportation policies that incorporate practices – such as improvements to infrastructure, universal helmet laws and lower speed limits – to protect pedestrians, motorcyclists and bicyclists.

#148: Speeding
Supports speed setting standards in the U.S. based on the Safe Systems approach to prioritize safety for all roadway users.

#149: Safe Systems
Supports the application of the Safe Systems approach to road safety in local, state, federal and private sector transportation policies.

#158: Focusing License Suspension on Roadway Safety Offenses
Drivers' licenses are being suspended for a growing number of non-moving violations, including failure to pay child support or fines. This policy supports suspending driving privileges only for roadway and traffic safety-related behaviors to restore the focus on safety and more accurately reflect state challenges related to risky driving behaviors.

#11: Voluntary Consensus Standards
Supports development and use of voluntary consensus standards concerned with safety, and occupational and environmental health.

#36: Walsh-Healey Public Contracts Act
Position statement on the proposed revision, safety and health standards, Walsh-Healey Public Contracts Act.

#38: Employment of the Handicapped
Recognizes the inherent right of all citizens to the full development of their economic, social and personal potential regardless of their physical abilities.

#44: Smoking
Prohibits smoking at NSC headquarters and at NSC events.

#61: Response Mechanism
Outlines a system for commenting to a federal body.

#67: Lightning Detection Systems for Airports
FAA should require lightning detection systems at all US airports to improve safety of air traffic and airport personnel; until then, supports voluntary installation by airports.

#68: Weight Limits on Cargo Containers
Federal Maritime Commission should require cargo containers be stamped with actual weight, rather than standard weight, before departing ocean terminals.

#77: Guiding Principles for OSHA Reform
Outlines principles to ensure that OSHA will continue to make a measurable difference in workplace safety and health.

#79: Childhood Risks Involving Tractors
Urges agencies, manufacturers and professionals to identify ways to mitigate the danger of child injury incidents involving tractors; parents/guardians should prohibit children from riding or being in presence of tractors, and 4-H and other organizations should continue to promote same; studies should be conducted for more reliable data.

#81: Workers' Memorial Day
NSC should recognize and promote Workers' Memorial Day April 28.

#83: Safety Education for Teacher Preparation Programs
Teacher trainees (K-12) should develop competencies in teaching safety education.

#85: ANSI Z590: Establishing Levels of Competence
Supports efforts to enhance the safety profession, but skeptical of ANSI Z590 needs to be recognizing of various industry needs; recognize branches of safety industry; examine use of terminology. NSC will continue to participate in development.

#95: Health and Safety Management Systems
NSC will participate in ANSI Z-10 committee on Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems.

#96: OSHA Adoption of the NFPA 2000 Standard
NSC supports the efforts of the NFPS and other electrical industry organizations to adopt and promulgate NFPA 70E.

#111: Safety Management Systems
Encourages companies to adopt comprehensive safety management systems. Lays out specifics of NSC model SMS, including leadership, technical and cultural elements.

#112: Voluntary Protection Programs
Supports adequate funding for VPP. Continued exemption from programmatic visits, oppositon to fee for participation.

#113: OSHA Funding
Supports adequate, stable funding for OSHA, including compliance assistance, regulation and enforcement; encourages performance-based fundamentals with improved measurement of effectiveness.

#114: NIOSH Funding
Supports adequate, stable annual funding for NIOSH (including AgFF and ERC).

#117: Drug Testing for Opioids in the Workplace
Recommends at a minimum benzodiazepines, opiates, oxycodone, methadone, cocaine, amphetamines and THC are included in employer drug testing programs.

#119: Opioids in the Workplace
Recommends employers utilize a comprehensive approach to address opioid abuse in the workplace.

#125: Occupational Illness
Recommends employers take a number of steps to reduce the risk of occupational illness.

#128: Oral Fluid Drug Testing
Supports the collection and testing of oral fluid specimens as an acceptable method for workplace drug testing.

#131: Near Miss and Hazard Reporting
Implementing a near-miss and hazard reporting system can help prevent more serious incidents and should be supported by employers and employees.

#132: Process Safety Management
Supports a comprehensive approach that recognizes the need for key stakeholders to partner to ensure sustained progress in the improvement of process safety management.

#138: Safe Patient Handling
Encourages the federal government, states and territories to adopt best practices for safe patient handling covering all medical professionals whether working in a fixed or mobility facility or vehicle.

#140: Substance-free Workplace
Supports the right of employers to maintain a workplace free of all forms of impairment, regardless of the legal status of the impairing substance, and encourages all employers to develop written policies and procedures to address this critical safety issue.

#141: Adoption of Safety Regulations and Recommended Practices for State and Local Government Workers
Supports the right of state and local government employees to have the same baseline protections provided to their private sector counterpart, which, at a minimum, meet federal OSHA standards.

#144: Fatigue Education
Supports sleep health education and sleep disorder screening through wellbeing programs.

#145: Fatigue Risk Management Systems
Supports comprehensive, science-based fatigue risk management systems in the workplace to reduce risk of fatigue-related incident and injury.

#146: Hearing Protection
Supports the adoption of more protective noise level regulations to prevent hearing loss, including updating the 35 year-old Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) permissible exposure limit.

#152: Contractor Management
Encourages host employers to establish policies and programs outlining their processes for vetting and managing contractor, supplier and vendor safety before permitting work to proceed on host property.

#153: Cannabis Impairment in Safety Sensitive Positions
Supports policies to mitigate and eliminate the risks of cannabis (marijuana) and other products containing delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).

#157: Workforce Drug Testing
Supports employers’ rights to drug test workers as a condition of employment, during employment in reasonable suspicion-based or post-incident circumstances, and/or in random drug-testing programs.

#163: Supporting Mental Health in the Workplace
Supports actions by stakeholders on the federal, state and local levels, in addition to employers and other organizations, to advance initiatives that support mental health as part of overall health, including strengthening prevention interventions and treatment accessibility.