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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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