August 2018

Divisions United Newsletter

Fatigue in the Workplace: Risky Employer Practices

Fatigue in the Workplace: Risky Employer Practices is part two of a three-part series. The new data summarized in the report illustrates the workplace practices and policies that are contributing to employee fatigue, such as night shift work, overtime scheduling, a lack of time off between shifts and a lack of rest areas within the workplace for employees to take breaks.

Other key survey findings in the report include:

  • 90% of employers say they will meet with a fatigued employee to understand the root causes of the fatigue, but only 55% say they will adjust an employee’s schedule or tasks accordingly
  • 74% of employers underestimate the prevalence of fatigue in the workforce
  • 73%  do not communicate to employees about fatigue
  • 61% of employers do not believe their employees would feel comfortable telling them if they were too tired to perform their job safely
  • 60% of employers lack a designated area for employees to rest
  • 51% of employers assign a night shift to an employee immediately before – or after – a day shift, increasing the employee’s chances of being injured

The first report, Fatigue in the Workplace: Causes and Consequences of Employee Fatigue, focuses on personal risk factors for employees. Both reports are now available at Employers can calculate the costs of fatigue with the NSC Fatigue Cost Calculator, available at

Calling All Women in Safety

Throughout 2018, Safety+Health has been featuring stories about how readers got their start in the EHS field. We’d love to hear stories about how women began their safety journey. Did you choose a career in safety, or did it choose you? What motivates you on the job?

Using the subject line “My Story,” email us at [email protected] and tell us about it. You could be featured in an upcoming issue of S+H.

Safe+Sound Week

The National Safety Council is proud to be a co-sponsor of Safe+Sound Week, taking place Aug. 13-19, and there are many free resources to help plan activities and promote events. The Safe+Sound Week website offers a variety of activities, each focused on one of the three core elements of a successful safety and health program: management leadership, worker participation, and finding and fixing hazards. Employers can also use customizable tools to promote their safety events.

NSC Awards Nomination Schedule

NSC awards are on a slightly different schedule this year, with the Green Cross for Safety Awards opening for submissions in August.

2019 Green Cross for Safety Awards

With three distinct awards for excellence, innovation and advocacy, the Green Cross for Safety Awards celebrate excellence in safety wherever it happens – at work, in homes and communities, and on the road. Given as a part of the Green Cross for Safety Awards Celebration in the spring, the Council recognizes semi-finalists and finalists, in addition to the winners. Learn more about the 2018 winners and how you can be a part of the 2019 celebration at Submissions for 2019 will be accepted here between Aug. 15 and Nov. 11.

2019 Rising Stars of Safety Award

Since 2010, the National Safety Council has honored the next generation of safety professionals through the Rising Stars of Safety Award. Created to recognize excellence early in a person’s career, the NSC Rising Stars awardees are younger than age 40. Submissions for 2019 will be accepted here from Sept. 24 through January 2019.

For more information on each award, including frequently asked questions and contact information, please visit

NSC 2018 Spring Professional Safety Network Division Meetings

The spring meeting was a huge success. In case you were not able to join us, highlights and copies of the presentations can be found on the NSC Divisions webpage.

Division Highlights

Transportation Safety Division

The Transportation Safety Division continues to edit the Motor Fleet Safety Manual. The updated edition will contain new sections on advanced vehicle technology, autonomous vehicles and collision mitigation systems.

Meanwhile, the Aviation Safety Committee has unveiled its 2018 conference call schedule. The remaining conference calls will take place from 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. CT Sept. 26 and Dec. 5. Topics for these calls will include OSHA citations, safety management systems for airlines, and what products and knowledge the committee can contribute to the library of the Divisions and NSC.

Young Professionals Division

The Young Professionals Division is excited to announce that all NSC student members will now automatically be part of that Division upon the successful processing of their student membership application. College students will be able to take advantage of free Young Professionals Division webinars, free student registration to Congress & Expo, multiple scholarship opportunities and up to a 30% discount on NSC textbooks sold on The Young Professionals Division will also release a new NSC student membership electronic flier by the time school starts in late August.

Update: The Young Professionals Division social media videos on safety have been successfully reviewed and processed. The final product should be ready for public release on sometime in summer 2018.

Government & Public Sector Division

Over the last few months, the Government & Public Sector Division has released new additions to its online public sector safety library, Public Eye on Safety. The July article, submitted by Division Chairman David Daniels, discusses a topic that is not often thought of as a safety hazard: a bully culture. Read the piece in the Public Eye on Safety article series, and make sure your own workplace does not suffer from its own bully culture.

In addition, the Division is researching what laws and organizations cover worker’s compensation in each state. The Division expects to release its findings on this topic sometime in fall 2018.

Business & Industry Division

The Business & Industry Division identified two projects that it will be tackling prior to its fall meeting:

  • Developing a position paper on changes to – or the lowering of – OSHA’s Noise Standard
  • Reviewing and revising some NSC standard checklists

If you would like to volunteer for either of these projects, please email [email protected]

Construction & Utilities Division

The Construction & Utilities Division decided that “Excavation” would be its next campaign and that it would be compiling a series of information and resources from industry experts. Please email [email protected], if you would like to be a contributor to this project.

Labor Division

The Labor Division Community Service/Public Safety & Health Committee hosted a blood drive, which was very successful, collecting 33 pints of blood, exceeding the goal of 25 pints.

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.

Continuing with tradition, the welcome reception and raffle raised $2,281. The proceeds were donated to Kids In Danger. KID is a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting young ones by improving children’s product safety. The Labor Division thanks everyone in attendance for their contribution.

Women’s Caucus

The Women’s Caucus met in May and had a fruitful discussion on workplace violence and harassment. The Caucus plans to tackle this issue in more detail at the fall meeting along with their colleagues from the Government and Public Sector division. Stay tuned for further details.

Alcohol, Drugs and Impairment

The “Impact of Marijuana on Health and Safety” ad hoc committee continues work on drafting fact sheets and talking points for the Council. This content will ultimately become available to workplaces, communities and families.

Webinars, Meetings & Other Important Dates

  • Construction & Utilities Division conference call and webinar
    10 a.m. CT Wednesday, Aug. 15
    Registration details
  • Transportation Safety Division conference call and webinar
    3 p.m. CT Thursday, Aug. 23
    Registration details
  • Business & Industry Division conference call and webinar
    10 a.m. CT Friday, Sept. 7
    Registration details
  • Women’s Caucus
    1-2 p.m. (CT) Wednesday, Aug. 22
    Call (877) 309-9483; Conference #884 304 2629
    Webinar link to follow
  • 2018 Fall Professional Safety Network Division Meetings
    Make plans now to attend your Division meeting that will be held during the NSC Congress & Expo in Houston, taking place Oct. 19-25. See the meeting schedule.
  • Prescribed to Death: A Memorial to the Victims of the Opioid Crisis is continuing its road tour and will be in Buffalo, New York, from Aug. 20-26. The memorial will be open to the public from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. each day. Admission is free. Visit for more information.

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