Membership Advantage Newsletter

Winter 2020

Member Appreciation Month: We Want to Celebrate You

Dear NSC Member,

It’s Member Appreciation month, a special time for us at the National Safety Council to celebrate you, our members. As a member of the Council, we know you are dedicated to protecting your employees, which is never an easy job. We are so grateful for all the effort you put in year round to ensure your team goes home in the same condition (or better) as when they arrived at work.

As the senior director of membership at NSC, I’ve had the chance to meet with many of you over the years, and seeing your passion and determination for the wellbeing of others makes it an honor to serve you and your organization.

As a token of our appreciation, we hope you are taking advantage of our Member Appreciation Month offerings. They include:

2020 Digital Safety Calendar: Stay on top of all the special safety events and activities taking place throughout the year.

NEW Safety Team Toolkit: A kit to help get your safety team off the ground and working efficiently.
Free webinar: The Power of Safety Committees, 10 a.m. (CT) Wednesday, Jan. 29

NEW Workplace Bullying and Harassment Toolkit: Ready-made tools to help protect your workers.
Free webinar: Bullying, Harassment and Violence at Work are Safety Hazards Too! 10 a.m. (CT) Wednesday, Jan. 22

NEW Work to Zero Executive Summary: A new initiative from NSC on digital transformation in safety.
Free webinar: Work to Zero: Advancing Safety Technology to Eliminate Workplace Deaths 10 a.m. (CT) Wednesday, Jan. 25

NEW Member Appreciation frame for your Facebook profile: Show your pride and partnership with NSC.

Our members are the heart of our organization. We strive to provide you with the resources you need so you can be the most effective at getting your job done. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at [email protected] with any questions, concerns or suggestions to improve our membership offerings.

Here’s to a great new year working together to save lives and prevent injuries.

All the best,

Ingrid Schoen
NSC Senior Director of Membership

Leading Indicators for Health and Wellbeing

A new white paper released by the Campbell Institute last fall explores leading indicators specific to worker health and wellbeing (H&W) rather than just safety. Much in the same way data from occupational safety leading indicators can prevent incidents and injuries and lead to continuous improvement, leading indicators for worker health and wellbeing can provide useful information to prevent illness and improve health outcomes.

The Campbell Institute Health & Wellbeing Workgroup thought about what leading indicators for employee health and wellbeing are supposed to do. How can organizations tell how their H&W programming is functioning? How can they better predict successful health outcomes? What are the factors that organizations should look at to improve worker wellbeing?

The workgroup created five different categories for the health and wellbeing leading metrics:

  • Education/Awareness: Metrics intended to measure the awareness of employees when it comes to the organizational H&W offerings
  • Reach: Measures of the scope of H&W activities in terms of geographic location and/or populations reached
  • Participation: Metrics measuring the extent of employee participation in H&W programs/activities
  • Satisfaction: Measures of employee satisfaction with H&W programs/activities
  • Organizational Health: Measures to assess the “health” or functioning of the H&W program

Below is an abbreviated table of some of the leading indicator metrics for health and wellbeing the workgroup brainstormed.

Metric Explanation Category
Number of forms of communication (e.g. learning sessions, posters, emails) The amount and forms of communication regarding H&W can indicate how much effort and resources the organization is committing to employee H&W. Other forms of communication could include online forums, discussion groups, etc. Participation in these forms of communication (e.g. number of questions/responses posted in forums, number of sign-ins) can be counted toward an overall participation metric and can also be indicative of the level of outreach to employees. Education/Awarness
Participation rate in H&W activities The level of participation in activities can be an indicator of the effectiveness of outreach to employees. The participation rate can be broken down by participation in different types of activity. Organizations can also utilize an overall scorecard to assess participation and usage of services/benefits. Participation
Existence of programs that cover the following areas of wellbeing: physical/biometric, mental, emotional, financial Developing an organizational H&W program that covers all aspects of wellbeing is an indicator of comprehensiveness of the program and organizational culture. Reach
Number and percent of employees expressing satisfaction with existing H&W activities The higher employees' satisfaction with H&W programming, the higher their rates of participation, which should hopefully lead to better chances of improved health outcomes. Satisfaction
Dollars allocated to H&W programming and activities The amount allocated to H&W activities can be seen as an investment in the organization: a way to prevent injury/illness, lower healthcare expenditures, improve productivity and possibly attract employees to the organization. Organizational Health

In the same way organizations use the data from safety leading indicators to predict and prevent incidents, these leading indicators for health and wellbeing can help organizations make informed decisions on the proactive measures they can take to avert health issues and improve employee health.

To view all the leading indicator metrics for health and wellbeing, visit the Campbell Institute website and download the white paper for free: thecampbellinstitute.org/research.

Safer Workplaces

Keep Your Employees and Their Loved Ones Safe on the Road

NSC member, Sheppard Air Force Base, invited NSC to host a Check To Protect day last summer. The NSC team scanned 700 vehicles and found 159 safety recalls, 30 of which were Takata airbag recalls.

Philanthropic support enables the National Safety Council to provide educational and safety resources to the public. Thanks to the generosity of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Ford Motor Company, General Motors, Nissan USA, Toyota Motor North America and Volvo Car USA, NSC is leading efforts to encourage drivers to check the recall status of their vehicle and have open recalls fixed immediately. About 53 million vehicles are on the road with unresolved safety recalls, according to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration data. That is more than one in four cars on the road. This poses an urgent and serious risk to drivers and passengers.

Drivers can enter their vehicle identification number at checktoprotect.org for a full report of their vehicle's recall status. The 17-digit VIN can be found in the lower left corner of a car's windshield, on the inside of the driver-side door, on a car's registration card and possibly on insurance documents. Getting a recall repaired is free of charge to the vehicle owner.

NSC member companies can also provide this service to their employees in the workplace. The Check To Protect team can come to your facility and educate your employees about the importance of checking for open recalls – and we can even send a team out to canvass the vehicles in your parking lot and notify your employees that same day.

NSC is proud to share this resource with our member companies and can provide free workshops catered to the needs and interests of your employees. For more information, please contact [email protected].

NSC Safety Operations Benchmarking Study Opens Feb. 1 for Your 2019 Data

The Safety Operations Benchmarking Study is FREE to NSC members and is designed to provide you with a tool to evaluate your current safety operations and benchmark your organization's health and safety programs, performance and policies against other member organizations.

Enter your 2019 data and find out, among other things:

  • Which leading indicators are being tracked
  • The effectiveness of leading indicators in identifying corrective actions to improve safety and health performance
  • Executive level engagement and the leadership approach to safety
  • How your safety budget compares
  • How your staffing levels compare
  • Most pressing safety and health issues
  • Incident and DART rates
  • Top challenges for improving safety
  • Entities responsible for risk assessments
  • Entities responsible for compliance and SMS assessments/audits
  • Tool most commonly used to report hazards

With this information, you will be able to create a strategic performance improvement plan to reduce incidents, improve compliance and increase productivity.

Look for more information coming soon.

Plan to Attend These Upcoming Events

A lot of exciting safety events are on the horizon in early 2020. As you plan your upcoming year, consider attending at least one of these.

Two Safety Events, One Location.
Join us in Bonita Springs, FL for two amazing events to advance workplace safety. On Feb. 11-12 attend the Campbell Institute Symposium, Gateway to the Future of EHS, a groundbreaking event bringing together thought leaders from all over the world for an open exchange of forward-looking ideas and best practices.

Stay Feb. 13-14 for the Work to Zero Summit, which brings together EHS, research and technology solutions leaders for a landmark event focused on the intersection of safety and emerging technology. Save when you register for both.

NSC Northeast Conference & Expo and Spring Divisions Meeting
The NSC 2020 Northeast Conference & Expo is a great opportunity to learn about trending safety topics, network with other safety professionals and discover new products. You will also be able to earn CEUs. This regional event will be held in Pittsburgh, PA, with Professional Development Seminars on March 11 and the Conference & Expo March 12-13.

The 2020 NSC Spring Divisions Meeting will be held for the first time in conjunction with the 2020 NSC Northeast Conference & Expo on March 11. All members are welcome to join the industry-specific Divisions to learn, discover and connect at the Spring Meeting event. Highlights include a presentation, Cannabis in the Workplace, on what you need to know about the growing issue of cannabis.

Green Cross for Safety Awards
Join us on May 14 as we celebrate the Green Cross for Safety Awards, recognizing outstanding achievements in safety through three distinct awards: Safety Advocate, Safety Excellence and Safety Innovation.This premier safety annual philanthropy event attracts nearly 500 attendees, including safety professionals, corporations and government officials, from around the country. All funds raised will be used to carry out the National Safety Council mission to save lives and prevent injuries. For more information and to register or donate, please visit greencross.nsc.org

Submit a Nomination



Joseph M. Kaplan Safe Driver of the Year Award


Recognize and reward your safe drivers with the prestigious Joseph M. Kaplan Safe Driver of the Year Award. Established in 2004, the award was created to honor outstanding drivers who have driven a significant number of miles/years behind the wheel without incurring a preventable crash.


Each driver who qualifies will receive an Award of Honor personalized certificate from the National Safety Council recognizing their great accomplishment. Additionally, the top driver in each region will be recognized with the highest honor as the Joseph M. Kaplan Safe Driver of the Year and will be honored at the National Awards Celebration next October in Indianapolis.


Nominations are due by March 31. For more information:



Occupational Excellence Achievement Award


The National Safety Council Occupational Excellence Achievement Award recognizes companies, units and/or facilities that have reported injuries and illnesses that involved days away from work equal to or less than 50% of the BLS rating for their 6-digit NAICS code and have had no fatalities during a calendar year, Jan. 1 through Dec. 31, 2019. Eligibility is determined based on self-reported data submitted by the participant. Any organization recording a fatality will be disqualified.


Qualified applications received prior to May 31, 2020, will automatically be considered for the 2020 Industry Leader Award, however, applications received after that date will be excluded from consideration. Submit your application beginning January 2020.


Nominate your Safety Stars


NSC Awards have something for everyone!



  • Honor your site’s dedication to safety in the community with the Community Advancement Award
  • Pay tribute to the person who helped make your company shine regionally or nationally with the Distinguished Service to Safety Award
  • Recognize women who have excelled in safety while breaking down barriers for other women with the Marion Martin Award
  • Submit your up-and-coming safety star with the Rising Stars of Safety Award


Each award is accepting submissions until March 27. Learn more about these and our other award programs at nsc.org/awards.


Save the Date


Green Cross for Safety award finalists will be announced publicly via webinar for the first time this year at 1 p.m. April 7. More information will be coming soon.