June 2018

Divisions United Newsletter

Celebrate National Safety Month

June is National Safety Month and it's the perfect time to download our FREE materials for this year's campaign, No 1 Gets Hurt. Download your poster, tip sheets, social media graphics and much more to raise awareness of the following weekly themes: Emergency Preparedness, Wellness, Falls and Driving. NSC members receive additional free materials during June, including checklists, 5-minute safety talks and more. Share NSM materials in your workplace and community so we can keep each other safe.

Division Members in the News


DSSA Winner Retires

“Rick has always been willing to help anyone in safety. In my leadership role within the Labor Division of NSC, Rick took me under his wing, never hesitated to be there to answer any questions I had and was always the epitome of the patient mentor. His legacy is and always will be present as the Labor Division moves forward. We will deeply miss Rick as not only as our past leader, but as our friend. We wish him all the best life has to offer. Stay safe!” – Joe Grabinski

Exceptional Members Earn NSC Honorary Lifetime Achievement Awards

Congratulations to our Lifetime Achievement Award honorees! Both from the Construction & Utilities Division, Richard Sanders and J. Nigel Ellis were presented with the HLA in recognition of their service and dedication to the Construction & Utilities Division.

J. Nigel Ellis, PhD, CSP, PE, CPE, has been a part of the Division since 1974 and has held a number of volunteer posts since then, including serving on the Board of Delegates. He has attended every NSC Congress & Expo since 1970, and has been a speaker at NSC Congress & Expo and the EuroAmerican Construction Conference. Nigel has contributed articles for Safety+Health® magazine and has participated in writing and revising data sheets and materials for the Council.

Richard Sanders, WSO-CSM, has been a dedicated member of the Council since 1970, and has been a part of the Divisions since 1976. In addition to serving the Division in all roles available, he has also been a dedicated member of the Board of Delegates and is currently serving his fourth term on the Board of Directors.

Both men are also Distinguished Service to Safety Award winners. Thank you both for your dedication to safety and to the Council.

Edward Egan Soldier of Safety Award

Eric Bierbaum, Safety Director of IBEW Local 725 in Terre Haute, Indiana, was recognized with the Edward Egan Soldier of Safety Award. The award is a tribute to the ideas and guidance that Egan practiced every day of his adult life in the promotion of safety and health for the American worker.

Outreach Opportunity: Promoting Safety as a Profession

The NSC Young Professionals Division has developed an outreach presentation for any Division member to use at local area colleges. More information on this program, including signup and a complete description of the opportunity, can be found here.

Division News

The Government & Public Sector Division is proud to highlight its Public Eye on Safety online library. This monthly digital resource, first introduced in September 2017, was created by Division members. It seeks to benefit public sector safety professionals by sharing knowledge on a variety of safety and health issues. Division members share knowledge for public sector safety management as well as guidelines on how to develop policies and programs for controlling hazards and enhancing safety. Articles contributed by Division members are posted at the beginning of each month. Currently, there are nine articles posted on topics ranging from creating a continuation-of-service plan to fire protection in public housing.

The Transportation Safety Division believes in keeping reputable, reliable NSC publications like the Motor Fleet Safety Manual current. To do so, the Division is undertaking a revision of the popular manual. While it will not be a complete revision, Division members are reviewing all chapters to ensure the information is current, and then submitting any necessary revisions. This manual is popular with universities and with workplace trainers for motor fleets of large trucks.

Join the Young Professionals Division on Wednesday, July 11, 2018 at 10 a.m. CT for a discussion on “The One-Way Valve.” Amy May, Director of Workplace Safety at Boeing Company, will provide guidance on career paths to becoming a safety leader, and how adopting a mindset intolerant of injury can propel your personal and company success even further.

Employer Opportunity: On-site Recall Repairs

Today, about 34 million vehicles on the road have Takata airbags. In an accident where the airbag deploys, metal fragments could spray into the vehicle and cause serious injury and even death to drivers or their passengers. It’s likely that many of your employees are driving a vehicle that has an airbag that has not yet been repaired. That puts their lives and those of their passengers at risk.

NSC is pleased to announce a new opportunity from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, the maker of Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Ram vehicles. FCA is offering your employees the opportunity to have affected airbags repaired for free in your company’s parking lot. Employees who drive Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Ram vehicles drop their cars off in the morning with the free valet service, and their airbags would be repaired while they worked. At the end of the day, employees pick up their fixed vehicles — all at no cost to your company or your employees.

This mobile repair service is currently available in Florida (Ft. Lauderdale, Miami, Orlando and Tampa) and Texas (Austin, Dallas, Houston and San Antonio), and it will be expanding to California later this spring. To get more information or request this service, please contact the team at [email protected].

Editors Choice

Upcoming Dates


Look for meeting notices in your inbox:

  • B&I conference call June 9 at 10 a.m. CT
  • G&PS conference calls June 11 and Aug. 13, both at 10 a.m. CT
  • Transportation Safety Division conference calls June 21 and Aug. 23, both at 3 p.m. CT
  • Young Professionals Division conference call July 11, 2018 at 10 a.m. CT
  • Member Exclusive WEBINAR – Building a Culture of Safety, June 19 at 1 p.m. CT. Nathan Benson, CSP the first Director of Occupational Safety and Risk Management for Chatham County, GA, will share insights since his start in 2015 on:
    • Identifying the quick wins for the start of your journey
    • How employee morale and engagement can impact your success
    • How data can be effective in driving change management

Register today.


Forklift (LTO) Training is a 360° Job



Forklift operator trainers can now benefit from using a free 3D, virtual reality, interactive training video to help illustrate potential safety risks for operators and other employees working or walking around lift trucks.


This training tool, provided by the National Safety Council and BigLook360, is ready to use to enhance any forklift training program. Stop, look around or look up and discuss potential hazards as you go. It works best via Google Chrome but other browsers can be used to play it. Learn more at nsc.org/forklift360.

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