May 2018

Navigate Around Summer Driving Hazards

After winter snows and spring thunderstorms, summer driving can seem simple. However, the upcoming season presents special hazards that you and your drivers need to take note of.

  • Weather is still an issue. After a dry spell, roads can be instantly slippery during and after a rainstorm due to dirt and oil accumulation on the pavement, and will remain that way until enough rain falls to wash it away.
  • Longer daylight hours shouldn’t mean longer working hours. Fatigue sets in after a full day’s work, whether a worker is driving a truck or driving a desk. Be sure that your employees are not working too many hours and driving while fatigued.
  • Inexperienced drivers are on the road. Teen drivers are out of school. Vacationers may be less accustomed to driving longer distances, and may be unfamiliar with regional roadway designs such as roundabouts.
  • Watch out for drunk and drugged drivers. This is true for every season of the year. Even over-the-counter sinus and allergy medications can cause drugged driving behaviors.
  • We’re sharing the road with more pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists. Children are on summer vacation and more people are on motorcycles and bikes.
  • Ensure all your employees are up to date on defensive driving training. Make sure that transportation safety is a part of your health and safety management system for all employees -- not just those who drive on the job.

    The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers Summer Driving Tips you can print and display to keep all your employees safe this season.

    Join Us on the Road to Zero Roadway Deaths

    When your employees get behind the wheel for their morning or afternoon commute, they enter one of the most dangerous parts of their day.

    More than 40,000 people are killed on U.S. roads each year and employers absorb costs associated with these crashes, whether they occur on or off the job. The Road to Zero Coalition has a plan to end these crash deaths and you can be a part of it.

    First launched in 2016, the Road to Zero Coalition now boasts nearly 700 member organizations all dedicated to the goal of ending U.S. roadway deaths by 2050. The Coalition recently released a report outlining three approaches that will help us get there:

    • Double Down on What Works. This involves advancing proven countermeasures to maximize their effectiveness.
    • Accelerate Technology. Three existing technologies can save 10,000 lives: forward collision warning, blind spot monitoring and lane departure warning. Infrastructure technology can also help prevent fatal crashes. The sooner we can increase deployment of these technologies, the more lives we can save.
    • Prioritize Safety. This involves creating a Safe Systems approach to shift culture and convince drivers, passengers and pedestrians to always put safety first.

    Employers have a role to play in this plan, even if your employees don’t drive on the job. Through workplace policies and education, employers can help protect their workforce, contribute to a Safe Systems culture shift and, in turn, save lives on our roads.

    Joining the Road to Zero Coalition is the first step toward achieving this goal. Membership is free and includes access to promotional materials, inclusion in quarterly Coalition meetings and a monthly newsletter featuring the latest safety news, reports, tips and updates from fellow Coalition members.

    Join now and you show your commitment to ending the number one cause of workplace death.

    Celebrate National Safety Month in June

    We all face risks throughout our lives. The fact is, unintentional injuries have been increasing for decades and are now the third leading cause of death in the U.S. To reverse this trend, NSC wants to encourage everyone to take simple steps to ensure “No 1 Gets Hurt” by participating in National Safety Month. June is the time to highlight leading causes of preventable injury and death on a national scale, so we can keep more people safe. One small change can make a big difference.

    Free resources will help engage all your workers on the weekly topics of emergency preparedness, wellness, fall and driving.

    Here are a few ways to celebrate National Safety Month in your organization:

    • Distribute the downloadable National Safety Month materials
    • Create bulletin boards, newsletters or blog posts based on the weekly themes
    • Hold a safety trivia contest with weekly prizes
    • Make an activity out of identifying potential hazards around your facility
    • Throw a safety fair, lunch ‘n’ learn or celebratory team meeting
    • Encourage your workers to take the SafeAtWork pledge
    • Share posts on your social media channels using the #No1GetsHurt hashtag
    • Provide safety training – watch for special National Safety Month discounts and free opportunities

    Everyone can register for the free 20-minute online training, “Avoiding Fatigued Driving,” which will be available the fourth week of National Safety Month, June 24 – 30. Click the New Student or Returning Student button to instantly register and access the training.

    NSC members get exclusive National Safety Month materials including checklists, 5-minute safety talks, quizzes and more. Find out more about all the benefits of National Safety Council membership.

    Updated Truck Driver Course Emphasizes Defensive Driving, Crash Prevention

    Our roads are dangerous, especially for people who drive for a living. Vehicle crashes are the number one cause of workplace fatalities, causing 2,083 deaths in 2016. And roadway crashes caused an estimated 40,100 fatalities and 4½ million injuries in 2017.

    Truck drivers, whether covering local routes or piloting a semi long distance, have to share the road with other drivers who may also be distracted, impaired or unaware that the maneuvers they make in traffic are potentially dangerous. It often falls to professional drivers to practice defensive driving techniques to keep our roads safe. The NSC Professional Truck Driver online course helps drivers learn how to:

    • Identify the factors that contribute to collisions
    • Recognize personal driving tendencies, attitudes and habits
    • Identify safe and legal solutions for dealing with road hazards
    • Maximize safety on the road
    • Define personal and professional excellence in their careers

    Effective safety practices not only save lives and prevent injuries, they can also help your company’s bottom line. NSC recommends that truck drivers take this course every two years, or more frequently if they have exhibited subpar driving behaviors or have had a safety incident. Preview the class for free.

Get Relevant Data from Injury Facts, Now Free and Online

Hard data is now easy to get. For more than 90 years, Injury Facts® has been the go-to reference book for safety statistics. Instead of waiting for the new book to be printed — and budgeting to buy one — you can now get injury and fatality statistics for free on

You may need numbers to justify a new safety program for next year’s budget, or to make a point about the importance of following safety procedures during a 5-minute safety talk. Whenever you need it, you can be sure that Injury Facts online has the latest and most reliable data in an easy-to- use interactive format.

Visit Injury Facts online.

Make a Difference in the Opioid Crisis

The opioid crisis is having a significant impact on our nation, negatively affecting families, communities and workplaces. In a 2017 NSC opinion poll, seven out of 10 employers reported being directly impacted by prescription drug misuse.

Here’s something you can do. Offer employees free “Opioids: Warn Me” labels to put on insurance and pharmacy cards. These labels remind patients and prescribers to talk about alternatives to opioid medications. The sheets have 75 labels each, so order enough for your whole organization and their family members.

Order your free "Warn Me" label sheets now.