April 2018

Divisions United Newsletter

National Safety Stand-Down

Fatalities resulting from falls from elevation continue to be a leading cause of death for construction employees, according to OSHA, accounting for 370 of the 991 construction fatalities recorded in 2016 (BLS data). Those deaths were preventable. The National Safety Stand-Down raises fall hazard awareness across the U.S. in an effort to stop fall fatalities and injuries.

What is a Safety Stand-Down?

According to OSHA, a safety stand-down is a voluntary event for employers to talk directly to employees about fall safety. Any workplace can hold a stand-down by taking a break to focus on fall hazards and reinforce the importance of fall prevention during this weeklong observation. Employers at companies not exposed to fall hazards can use this opportunity to have a conversation with employees about the other job hazards they face, as well as protective methods and the company's safety policies and goals. It can also be an opportunity for employees to talk to management about fall hazards they see and other job hazards.

Who Can Participate?

Anyone who wants to prevent hazards in the workplace can participate in the National Safety Stand-Down. In past years, participants included commercial construction companies of all sizes, residential construction contractors, sub- and independent contractors, highway construction companies, general industry employers, the U.S. military, other government participants, unions, employer trade associations, institutes, employee interest organizations and safety equipment manufacturers.

Learn more and get involved

Looking for Tools to Prevent Falls from Heights?

Check out the Construction & Utilities Division "Safety at Heights" resource center. Visit www.nsc.org/falls for best practices, toolbox talks and planning guides.

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month

Distracted driving is a public health issue that affects us all. The 2017 statistics show motor vehicle fatalities are up 6% from 2015, with more than 40,000 people killed on our nation's roadways. A major contributor to those tragic statistics is distracted driving and, sadly, each death is 100% preventable.

From cell phones to dashboard infotainment systems to quickly evolving voice command features, each new gadget poses a potential threat to our safety. Just one second of your attention is all it takes to change a life forever. Distracted Driving Awareness Month is a united effort to recognize and eliminate these preventable injuries and deaths. 

Join the National Safety Council to help save thousands of lives. Sign up for our free materials at nsc.org/justdrive, where you can get:

  • Posters
  • Infographics
  • Pledge forms
  • Fact sheets
  • Social media kit and, with your participation, Thunderclap will release a uniform message at 8 a.m. CST April 2, with the hope of getting #justdrive trending; sign up here
  • A Council webinar at 11 a.m. CST April 19

Create awareness in your workplace, home or community by sharing the distracted driving message.  Each person has a choice when he or she gets behind the wheel of a car, and those decisions could have devastating consequences. Protect yourself and others by participating in Distracted Driving Awareness Month. It takes all of us to protect just one of us.

Memorializing Loved Ones

The National Safety Council has adopted the "Celebrating Lost Loved Ones" map from Esri, a global market leader in geographic information system (GIS) software.

The interactive map allows family and friends to memorialize loved ones lost to the opioid epidemic. Through real faces and stories, the Council is raising awareness of the broad impact of the opioid crisis and advancing its mission of ending opioid deaths.

Esri employee Jeremiah Lindemann, who lost his brother to an opioid overdose, created the map in 2016. Today, more than 1,300 memorials populate the map. The Council hopes to grow the number to reflect the true impact of the crisis.

With the adoption of the map, the Council continues to recognize loved ones affected by the opioid epidemic. In addition, the adoption supports the continued efforts of the Stop Everyday Killers campaign and aids in the growth of the survivor advocate program.

Workplace Training at Your Location, on Your Schedule

The National Safety Council, a leader in workplace safety, offers onsite safety training relevant to your industry and specific to employees' jobs. The training can be completed at office locations or worksites and is highly engaging. Additionally, it is OSHA-compliant. Using a live, instructor-led format (OSHA's preferred method of safety training), onsite safety training can minimize staff and operational downtime, save money and – most importantly – engage the employees who need training.

Onsite Safety Training Programs

Our highly experienced instructors can deliver high-engagement, onsite safety training programs that cover OSHA standards and NSC Best Practices in Safety Leadership.

Custom and Tailored Solutions

Our team of experts can tailor existing NSC safety training programs to suit a company or organization's specific needs and budget, making training more affordable. We can also develop new custom safety content from the ground up to fill in any gaps in your desired safety training program. Learn more.

A Legacy of Safety

In 1913, the National Safety Council was the driving force behind the safety movement in America. Forty years later, in 1953, the Council was recognized as an authority in workplace safety through a Congressional Charter. Since 2003, the Council has maintained an OSHA Alliance Agreement to help save lives and prevent unintentional workplace injuries. Today, we continue our safety leadership heritage by providing effective and engaging onsite safety training programs. 

A Culture of Safety Begins With a Well-trained Workforce

The Council has helped countless companies implement a culture of safety by developing and delivering safety training programs that engage employees and are compliant with regulatory agencies. 

2018 Green Cross for Safety Awards Celebration

Join us in Chicago as we honor excellence with the Green Cross for Safety® awards, recognizing outstanding achievements in safety through three distinct awards: Safety Excellence, Safety Innovation and Safety Advocate. 

All funds raised will be used to educate the public on ways to prevent prescription drug overdoses, reduce motor vehicle fatalities and help companies across the globe improve safety practices for their employees, both at home and at work.

Together, we can eliminate preventable deaths in our lifetime.

For more information or to register, please visit greencross.nsc.org.

Editor's Choice

Register Today for the Divisions Spring Meeting


Stay active with your division! Meet us May 20 to 23 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Rosemont, Illinois, just minutes from O'Hare International Airport.

Recharge your safety knowledge with topics such as "Workers and Management Working Together to Change Safety Culture;" "Clearing the Air about OSHA's New Silica Regulations;" and "A Proactive Approach to Addressing Opioids in the Workplace." View the agenda.

And don't miss the keynote address, "Safety - It's a Wonderful Life," presented by Dale Lesinski, QSSP, vice president of sales and training at DiVal Safety. Register Today!

NSC Award Nominations

Celebrate excellence wherever you see it! The National Safety Council is now accepting award submissions in the following categories: 

Rising Stars of Safety – for the next generation of safety leaders

Marion Martin Award – for women in safety who have paved the way for others

Community Advancement Award – recognizing individual sites dedicated to safety for their employees and the communities around them

Distinguished Service to Safety Award – a highly prestigious award for those who have dedicated their careers to safety

Learn more and apply

OSHA Delays Beryllium Rule Enforcement

OSHA will delay until May 11 enforcement of its final rule on occupational exposure to beryllium. Beryllium is a light metal used frequently in the aerospace and electronics industries that – when inhaled as dust – poses health risks for lung cancer, chronic beryllium disease and other illnesses. The rule lowers the exposure limit by 90 percent.

Small Change Makes a Big Difference

June will be here soon, and that means it's time to get ready for National Safety Month! This year we're focused on preventing injuries with the theme No 1 Gets Hurt. Start thinking about one change you can make to keep yourself, your loved ones and your coworkers safe. As we draw closer to June, the Council will provide free materials to help get the word out, including a poster, tip sheets and social media graphics. Sign up today to be the first to get the materials when they are ready later this spring. 

Upcoming Events

Fabricators and Manufacturers Association Safety Conference

The 10th annual conference will be held April 18 and 19 at FMA headquarters, 2135 Point Blvd., Elgin, Ill. Conference highlights include a tour of the UL Northbrook headquarters, roundtable discussions on safety topics and presentations by expert safety professionals.

Here is the link to register.

Distracted Driving Awareness Month

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month. The theme this year repeats the impactful 2017 theme – Just Drive. The month, which seeks to educate the public about the often fatal results of distracted driving, addresses everyone: employers, individuals, families, communities and schools.

Free materials, including posters, infographics and fact sheets, can be downloaded at nsc.org/justdrive. A webinar will take place in April. Check the website for details.

Webinar: Building a Safety Culture from the Ground Up

This is a daunting task filled with opportunities and challenges. Learn the value of quick wins when beginning your journey. Nathan Benson, the first director of occupational safety and risk management for Chatham County, Georgia, will share insights from his success since being appointed in 2015. Benson is also an NSC Rising Star of Safety.

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