October 2018

Divisions United Newsletter

Film a Safety Shorts Video at the 2018 Congress & Expo

Safety Shorts, a video series spearheaded by the Young Professionals Division, targets people exploring safety as a career and those new to the safety profession. Check out some past videos here. Safety Shorts answer questions common to new safety professionals, provide deeper technical sessions on a variety of safety topics across all industries and explore the value that safety professionals find in their career.

You can film your own Safety Shorts video at this year’s Congress & Expo. Safety Shorts are no more than five minutes in length. This round of filming will be more in depth. Topics to consider include:

Safety Culture
Employee Engagement
Slips, Trips and Falls
Aging Workforce

Safety Leadership
Regulatory Compliance (OSHA, DOT, EPA)
Human Performance
Employee Wellness

Filming will take place Sunday, Oct. 21, and Tuesday, Oct. 23. Contact Christy Maes at [email protected] for more details.

Seeking Safety Ambassadors

The NSC Safety Ambassador Program encourages individuals to bring safety back home and into their communities to keep their friends, neighbors and loved ones safe. The program offers all of the tools and resources you’ll need – all you have to do is choose an activity. Visit nsc.org/SafetyAmbassadors to sign up and get started.

Bloggers Needed

Readers are interested in both the technical aspects of safety, as well as data analysis, personal stories and specific examples of safety programs. Bloggers may submit posts on the following topics: trends in safety – at work, at home or on the road – commentary and analysis of recent events, either in safety or with a safety element; interpretation of surveys, data or reports; or safety observances and upcoming events.

Always wanted to see your name in print? Contact Christy Maes at [email protected] to learn more.

New and Improved Injury Facts Available Online

Unintentional injury has become the No. 3 cause of death for the first time in U.S. history. Injury statistics provided in Injury Facts® help people understand what their greatest risks are. Our complacency has resulted in 442 preventable deaths each day, every one of which was unnecessary. We know what to do to save lives, but – collectively – we have failed to prioritize safety. NSC encourages Americans to understand their risks.

Injury Facts® online is the go-to source for injury and death statistics and their related costs in the areas of workplace, motor vehicle, and home and community.

NSC Awards Opening Early for 2019!

The National Safety Council is accepting submissions for the Green Cross for Safety Awards.

NSC Rising Stars of Safety, the Distinguished Service to Safety Awards, the Marion Martin Award and Community Advancement Awards will be open for nominations at the end of October.

Contact [email protected] if you applied last year and want to update your submission for 2019, or reach out to Sarah Van Huis at [email protected] with questions about any of the awards. Learn more about the recognition opportunities available to you through the National Safety Council at nsc.org/awards.

Fundraise for Safety

Whether you are an individual, family, school or business, you can help save lives by raising awareness and funds through an independently planned fundraising activity or event in support of the National Safety Council. From an office jeans day or school read-a-thon to golf outings and more, any type of fundraiser can make a difference.

Your donation can support many initiatives at NSC, including opioid education and improving motor vehicle and workplace safety. If you have a passion for a specific initiative, we will work with you to designate your donation to that area, or you can choose to support all NSC programs through our Friends of Safety fund.

Our staff is here to partner with you to ensure your fundraiser is a success! For more information on how to get started, email Jamie Arquilla at [email protected].

Division and Caucus News

Alcohol, Drugs and Impairment

The Alcohol, Drugs & Impairment Division will host its fall meeting Sunday, Oct. 7, at the Hyatt Regency in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Agenda items include the position on cannabis and driving, as well as the position on cannabis and safety.

Women’s Caucus

The Women’s Caucus will meet during the NSC Congress & Expo from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Oct. 23 (moved from the 22nd) in Room 342C at the Convention Center. Men and women interested in advancing the role of women in safety are welcome to attend.

The meeting will include a panel discussion on issues relevant to women in safety, committee updates and planning for 2019. You won’t want to miss out!

There will also be a Women’s Caucus Luncheon sponsored by AECOM from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23 in room 322B. Register today! Our Marion Martin award recipient will be on hand to talk about her career in safety.

Business & Industry Division

The Business & Industry Division will meet Sunday, Oct. 21, just prior to the start of the NSC Congress and Expo. After discussing issues particular to industry, the Division will assist the Council by reviewing and revising some of its online resources and tools available to NSC members.

Leadership changes will also take place during the meeting:

  • Outgoing chairman: David Jewell, CSP, Conney Safety Products
  • Incoming chairman: Roberta Kloda, Ph.D, FMC Agricultural Solutions
  • Incoming vice chairman: Kent Mowry, American Food Group
  • Incoming secretary: JoAnn Dankert, consultant

Construction & Utilities Division

The Construction & Utilities Division will meet Sunday, Oct. 21, just prior to the start of the NSC Congress and Expo. The Division will gather and share industry updates. Its guest speaker will be Scott C. Ketcham, CSP, deputy director, Directorate of Construction, OSHA.

The Division will be rolling out a new resource during the meeting. After the successful launch of the Safety from Heights resource center, the Construction & Utilities Division is turning its attention to development of a new resource focused on excavation, trenching, dozer operation and more, which will be free to all NSC members. Resources will be available in the areas of best practices, fact sheets, planning tools, and prevention and protection. Division members will preview the tools during the meeting.

Leadership changes will also take place during the meeting:

  • Outgoing chairman: Gary E. Tellish, CSP, CET, CUSP, Power Corporation of America
  • Incoming chairman: David Payton, Hendry Marine Industries Inc.
  • Incoming vice chairman: Bob McCall, Master Builders' Association of Western Pennsylvania
  • Incoming secretary: Mike Hill, SMS, CHST, manager, corporate safety, Performance Contracting Group

Labor Division

The NSC Labor Division fall meeting will run from Friday, Oct. 19, to Sunday, Oct. 21, and will include a panel discussion with OSHA regional labor liaisons and a special guest closing keynote speaker, Tony Crow. Tony’s life was changed forever when, in an instant, he was blinded for life. Tony stresses the importance of communication, wearing proper PPE and not taking risks or shortcuts. He relays the importance of training, leadership and working together as a team to ensure the safety of every employee.

Young Professionals Division

It’s the beginning of a new semester, and the Young Professionals Division has already scheduled multiple university visits. The schools on the list so far include Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP), Millersville University and the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). Jeff Kozub, the Division’s membership chair, who will be making these school visits, will discuss the safety industry as a whole and what safety students can expect to experience when they become a working professional. Additional topics he will present include an introduction to the National Safety Council, as well as the NSC Student Membership program and its benefits, plus information about the Young Professionals Division and how Division membership can enrich one’s safety education and professional life.

If you have connections with a university or college with a safety program and would like a member of the Young Professionals Division to come and speak to safety students, email Christy Maes at [email protected] to set up a visit!

Transportation Safety Division

Safety managers might not initially realize all they are responsible for, including – for example – a fleet of large trucks. In order to assist individuals who are responsible for a fleet of large trucks, the Transportation Safety Division is continuing its work on the update of the Motor Fleet Safety Manual. This popular publication was last published in 2010. Since much has changed in areas such as fatigue and vehicle automation, a refresh of the book is necessary. A group of dedicated Division members are nearly done with the first round of updates and will be soon moving to the next step, which is to have the entire updated manual copy edited.

Government & Public Sector Division

Drug poisoning is now the No. 1 cause of unintentional death in the United States. All workplaces, including public sector organizations, are at risk of being harmed by this epidemic. The Government & Public Sector Division will take a deep dive into how opioids effect and harm public sector employees at its 2018 Congress & Expo meeting.

The Government & Public Sector Division continues to contribute to its successful article series, Public Eye on Safety. The September article, Chemical Exposures and the Senses of Smell and Taste by Dr. Hildegarde Staninger, industrial toxicologist and doctor of integrative medicine, discusses how individuals in both public and private sector workplaces may come into contact with chemicals that are known – or suspected – to be toxic substances or hazardous materials and how they are experienced.

Webinars, Meetings & Other Important Dates

Don’t miss your Division meeting at the NSC Congress & Expo. View the meeting schedule and register here.

NSC Webinar Series

We are spreading the word about best practices and award-winning programs through our free-to-members webinar series. See our upcoming events here.

Prescribed to Death

Prescribed to Death: A Memorial to the Victims of the Opioid Crisis is continuing its road tour and will be at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville from Wednesday, Oct. 3, through Tuesday, Oct. 9. The memorial will be open to the public from 1 to 7 p.m. Oct. 3 and from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 4-9.

In addition, the memorial will be at the NSC Congress & Expo Monday, Oct. 22, to Wednesday, Oct. 24, in the ballroom lobby on level three. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 22 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 23 and 24.

Admission is free. Visit stopeverydaykillers.org for more information.

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