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The National Safety Council is pleased to welcome new donor, Safety Services Company, who recently provided critical support to underwrite new COVID-19 educational webinars. Thanks to this support, NSC was able to provide even more up-to-date information on the impact COVID-19 is having on businesses, along with guidance on how employers can better ensure the safety of their employees. Topics offered in April through this funding included: understanding the impact on employee mental health; how COVID-19 impacts specific industries, such as manufacturing and construction; information about the CARES Act; and a presentation from Dr. Howard from the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health.
Thanks to Safety Services Company, these important webinars were offered free of charge and recordings of them can be found here.
Safety Services Company is a leading provider of safety, training and compliance solutions. They work to help customers achieve better safety outcomes by providing customized safety programs that fit the unique needs of their business. Safety Services Company also offers solutions to help businesses stay safe through the COVID-19 crisis.
“This was a fantastic opportunity for us to work with an organization similarly focused on helping businesses keep their employees safe,” said Peter Formisano, CEO of Safety Services Company. “NSC was the perfect partner to ensure more employers have access to valuable information that will help them address safety challenges during this unprecedented time.”
NSC is grateful Safety Services Company recognizes the importance of supporting nonprofits who join them in this mission to help meet the needs of companies of all sizes who are working to ensure the safety of their communities and their employees.
Exxon Mobil Corporation and Cummins Inc. believe in the Robert W. Campbell Award’s goal: to recognize companies that show leadership and excellence by integrating EHS management into their business operating systems. By underwriting the award, both organizations have demonstrated their dedication to celebrating safety accomplishments and best practices.
ExxonMobil has supported the Campbell Award program for 15 years and will continue to do so through 2023. That represents a total commitment of $3.75 million. Cummins joined ExxonMobil in 2019 with underwriting support of $500,000 through 2024.
The National Safety Council thanks both organizations for living the award’s values and leading efforts to recognize safety excellence. Award winners have the opportunity to stay involved as members of the Campbell Institute, working alongside equally committed organizations to learn from one another and share expertise as we strive to create safer workplaces and communities worldwide.
Established in 2004 and supported by a network of global partners across five continents, the Campbell Award is the most prestigious safety award presented annually by NSC. Named after the first president of NSC, Robert W. Campbell was a noted safety pioneer who believed that the success of the safety movement would depend on educating engineers, top executives and employees on the business and personal benefits of EHS.
To learn more about the Campbell Award and the Campbell Institute visit thecampbellinstitute.org.
As the leading provider of environmental and regulated waste management solutions, Stericycle was among the first corporations to step up and commit monetary and in-kind support to raise awareness about the opioid crisis. In 2017, Stericycle sponsored the Chicago launch event for Prescribed to Death: A Memorial to the Victims of the Opioid Crisis and the subsequent seven-stop tour to create awareness and educate the public. The Memorial has reached more than 9,800 visitors and earned 3 billion media impressions. Stericycle’s Seal&Send envelopes, provided at no charge to Memorial visitors, gave people a practical and tangible way to take action by removing unused medicines from their homes.
Reaching the general public is just a start in combating the opioid crisis. Research from NORC at the University of Chicago indicates 75% of people with substance use disorders are in the workforce. Moreover, U.S. employers are spending billions on managing opioid use. To take a step further in decreasing preventable deaths from opioid overdose, Stericycle once again joined NSC to launch the Opioids at Work Employer Toolkit at the 2019 NSC Congress & Expo in San Diego. The toolkit will assist employers with implementing a robust drug-free workplace policy, including educational resources for HR professionals, supervisors and employees such as the Substance Use Cost Calculator, posters, safety talks and case studies on how other employers are addressing the issue.
“We are pleased to join NSC in launching this toolkit to support workplaces from across the country during this public health crisis,” said Cindy Miller, president and CEO of Stericycle. “Substance use and substance use disorders affect employees, workplaces, families and communities now, more than ever. Employers have the unique opportunity to identify early warning signs and connect employees to the support they need. We are proud to provide a simple, yet innovative solution for business leaders who are taking steps to help combat the ongoing opioid epidemic in America.”
Download the Opioids at Work Employer Toolkit.
The National Safety Council received a $500,000 grant from the Pittsburgh-based McElhattan Foundation to launch the Work to Zero initiative, which will help educate employers about new technological safety advancements that promise to reduce and ultimately eliminate preventable deaths in the workplace. NSC also will develop tools and resources for employers who want to integrate potentially life-saving technology, including comprehensive reports and a training program.
The grant is the largest single-payment grant in the history of the McElhattan Foundation, established last year by Kent McElhattan, co-founder and chairman at Industrial Scientific and former NSC Board of Directors chairman and his family. Kent McElhattan expressed his commitment to the work.
“This year, in the USA alone, over 5,000 men and women will lose their lives on the job. Each fatality is a catastrophic, unrecoverable loss for their families, co-workers and communities. We are delighted to partner with the National Safety Council to fulfill Industrial Scientific’s vision of ending death on the job by the year 2050.”
Workplace deaths increased for a third straight year in 2016, with work-related serious injuries totaling 4.5 million and costing society an estimated $151.1 billion. A 2017 Pew Research Center report indicates that Americans anticipate technology will impact their work environments in the coming years. NSC surveyed its 15,000 member companies to gauge their interest in workplace technologies, and found 100% have a strong interest in knowing more about technologies and how to implement innovations such as augmented and virtual reality, artificial intelligence, sensors, wearables, drones and robotics.
Technology holds immense promise when it comes to mitigating human error. NSC is grateful to the McElhattan Foundation for providing the financial tools needed to advance safety in the workplace.
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