February 2019

Divisions United Newsletter

Learn, Network, Engage: Professional Safety Network Division Meetings

The spring Division meeting is the best place to connect with – and learn from – safety professionals around the country and discuss what’s happening in your industry, learn from others and take a deep dive into harassment and bullying prevention in the workplace.

This year, there are opportunities to take technical tours, attend a Kansas City Royals baseball game and recharge your batteries.

Vendor and sponsorship opportunities are available. This is a perfect venue to showcase your company’s strengths and solutions in safety. Commit by Feb. 15 to be included in promotional materials for the meeting. Contact Kathy Bernstein via email or by phone at (630) 775-2301.

Register Today

Learn About the Council's Major Accomplishments in 2018

The 2018 annual National Safety Council report is now available online. The report details some of the larger accomplishments NSC celebrated in 2018. View the report at annualreport.nsc.org.


NSC Receives UPS Foundation Grant for Women in Safety

The National Safety Council received a $25,000 grant from The UPS Foundation to promote women in safety. NSC will use the grant to:

  • Strengthen the Women’s Caucus, which supports female safety professionals; to date, more than 300 women participate in the Women’s Caucus
  • Provide additional educational opportunities for women pursuing safety as a career; in 2018, the Council awarded its first Women in Safety Scholarship, and it will increase the number of those scholarships
  • Continue to celebrate and recognize female safety leaders through the annual Marion Martin Award, which honors female safety leaders who have achieved professional excellence in their area of specialty and helped pave the way to success for other women in the field

NSC Awards Deadlines Extended (and Other Useful Information)

Deadlines extended! There is still time to submit for the Distinguished Service to Safety Award (March 4), Marion Martin Award (March 4), Rising Stars of Safety Award (March 10) and Community Advancement Award (March 15). Learn more today at nsc.org/awards or email Sarah Van Huis.

Reviewers Needed

Are you interested in learning more about NSC awards and scholarships? Volunteer today to be a reviewer of submitted award and scholarship entries. Timeline and commitment varies by award and/or scholarship category, but you should be able to devote approximately six hours in March and April; that time includes two one-hour conference calls. Email Sarah Van Huis for more information.

Division Volunteer Recognition

Are you going to be in Kansas City for the spring meeting? Are you interested in helping create a new award to honor our dedicated volunteers? The Divisions team needs five people to discuss this new recognition at a working breakfast April 30 in Kansas City. Must be in-person to participate. Email Sarah Van Huis if you’re interested.

Alcohol, Drugs & Impairment Division Honors Borkenstein Award Recipient

Randall Beaty

The Alcohol, Drugs & Impairment Division of the National Safety Council has named Randall E. Beaty the 2019 Borkenstein Award winner.

The award, named for Breathalyzer® inventor Robert F. Borkenstein, recognizes individuals who, through a lifetime of service, have made outstanding contributions to the field of alcohol- and drug-related traffic safety. Honorees are selected by professionals involved in the Alcohol, Drugs & Impairment Division, which is managed by NSC.

Beaty will be presented with the award on Feb. 17, in conjunction with the NSC-ADID meeting in Baltimore. Register here to attend award dinner.

Mentoring Opportunities Available

The Young Professionals Division is offering mentorship opportunities to NSC Student Members. The program will partner working safety and health professionals from the Young Professionals Division with college students who are current Student Members or Young Professionals Division members. The pairings will be based on the industry of the working professional and the chief area of interest to the student.

The student will be able to network and regularly communicate with his or her mentor. The mentor can assist the Student Member with educational questions, career advice, possible work or internship opportunities, recommended professional resources, and more.

In addition, the Women’s Caucus has mentors available at many career levels and in a variety of industries.

Both groups seek to create mentor/mentee relationships that are long lasting.

Student Members who would like to learn more should contact Christy Maes. Professional women who would like to learn more should contact Katherine van den Bogert.

Member Exclusive: Safety Benchmarking Study

What’s your score? By participating in the National Safety Council’s Safety Benchmarking Study, you will be able to compare your organization’s health and safety processes, performance and resources against other member organizations.

The 2018 Safety Benchmarking Survey includes new features and questions based on the Campbell Institute award criteria. The resulting data will help you create a strategic performance improvement plan to reduce incidents, improve compliance and increase productivity.

There are three easy steps:

  1. Enter your data
  2. Select your comparison criteria
  3. Print your personalized computer generated reports

How to use your score: Benchmarking provides a reliable basis for comparative analysis, which helps facilitate strategic decision-making. Knowing how your organization compares with others in terms of safety processes, performance and resources gives you practical insight into where your organization excels and where it may be lagging.

When you identify an area where your organization differs from its comparable peers, the deviation provides an entry point for discussion. A difference in metrics does not necessarily mean there is an issue to address, but looking at the variations helps you and your team explore possible areas of improvement. Take advantage of this free Member Exclusive resource and get the information and insight necessary to assess and improve your safety performance.

Be on the lookout for an email in February announcing the opening!

Division and Caucus News

Business & Industry Division

The Business & Industry Division has its first webinar for 2019 on Feb. 8. Art Buchanan, director of the Office of General Industry and Agricultural Enforcement for OSHA, will present the Top 10 general industry and manufacturing cited standards. There will also be a quick review of the new “walking working surface” standard. Add it to your calendar here!

Government & Public Sector Division

The conference call schedule for the Government & Public Sector Division underwent a change in January. There will no longer be a monthly Division leadership call. Leadership calls will now be scheduled on an as-needed basis. In addition, there will be a monthly all-Division webinar, which is a change from the 2018 schedule. This monthly webinar will be held on the second Monday of every month from 10 to 11 a.m. CT, unless the Division meets in person at events like the spring Divisions meeting in April or the NSC Congress & Expo in September. The Division made the change in order to involve more of its members on a regular basis.

In other news, after a brief hiatus around the recent holiday season, the Division’s Public Eye on Safety article series is back. The January article was submitted by Cornell Richardson, who discusses his safety career in both the public and private sectors, and how the “bridge of accountability” can be built between the two. Read this article along with the rest of the series here.

Construction & Utilities Division

The Construction & Utilities Division has invited Larry Young, battalion chief of the Kansas City Fire Department Rescue Division, to give a presentation on the organization’s safety plan, which will include information on trench collapse rescue. A detailed agenda can be found on the Construction & Utilities Division webpage.

Labor Division

The Labor Division has a packed agenda for the upcoming spring meeting. It will kick off the first day with engaging educational sessions on women’s issues in the workplace and how to respond to an active shooter. In honor of Workers' Memorial Day, the Division is hosting a Candlelight Vigil Ceremony at a nearby park. All Divisions are invited to these events.

The rest of the week is filled with informative sessions and trainings, such as NSC Adult CPR/AED Training; Using Social Media to Effectively Communicate with Members; and Working With OSHA, Labor Liaisons and VPP. Visit the Labor Division webpage to see its full agenda.

Transportation Safety Division

The Transportation Safety Division is nearing the conclusion of the first phase to update the popular Motor Fleet Safety Manual. Division members who are acting as contributing authors for the update are turning in their completed, updated chapters to project lead Rich Carl. The next phase of the project is the peer review stage, during which the updated chapters will be reviewed by a different contributing author. This phase was scheduled to be completed by the end of January.

Once the peer review is complete, Division Vice Chair Rose McMurray will turn the entire manuscript over to the FMCSA for a final, expert review. It is estimated that the entire project will be submitted to the National Safety Council for production by the beginning of April.

Women's Caucus

Juliana Ruggieri

The Women’s Caucus will have its first meeting of the year Feb. 6. The meeting will start at 1 p.m. with a webinar by Juliana Ruggieri, environmental health and safety consultant at TRC, titled, Bridging the Gap – Safety in All Languages. The webinar will address effective ways to make sure all workers – regardless of whether they speak English – understand company policies and safe work practices by creating an inclusive environment for learning. The toll-free call-in number for the webinar is (877) 309-9483 (U.S.); the conference code is 884 304 2629. Join the meeting here.

After the webinar, the group will have its quarterly meeting, which will include discussion on Marion Martin Award nominations, the spring meeting in Kansas City, Missouri, and the UPS Foundation grant.

Webinars, Meetings & Other Important Dates


Division Conference Calls


All times Central
Audio dial-in: (877) 309-9483 (US)
Conference Code: 884 304 2629


1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6

Women's Caucus call


10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 8
Business & Industry Division call


10 a.m. Monday, Feb. 11

Government & Public Sector Division call


10 a.m. Monday, March 11

Government & Public Sector Division call


10 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13

Young Professionals Division call


3 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21

Transportation Safety Division call


April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, a united effort to recognize and eliminate preventable deaths from distracted driving. Free DDAM materials will be available to share in mid-March at nsc.org/justdrive. Join us to help save lives.


The Green Cross for Safety Awards event will take place Thursday, May 16, with a VIP reception at 5:30 p.m., a general reception at 6 p.m. and the program and dinner at 7 p.m. The event will take place at the Swissotel Chicago, 323 E. Upper Wacker Drive, Chicago, Illinois. Register here.