Young Professionals

Are You a Safety Professional Younger than 46?

Network with top young safety professionals worldwide. National Safety Council Young Professionals Division member benefits include:

  • Exclusive invitations to the Young Professionals Division meetings
  • Networking opportunities with safety professionals from companies including AECOM, Accenture, ARCO Construction, Argonne National Laboratory, Cianbro Fabrication & Coatings, COP Construction, First Student, National Gallery of Art, Pepsi, U.S. Air Force and more
  • Mentoring and career development opportunities
  • Leadership opportunities
  • Opportunity to help craft NSC policies and positions

Young Professionals Division members can share tips or post a question on the group's Facebook page. Not a Division member yet? Join today.

Chairman's Message

The Young Professional’s Division welcomes safety professionals under age 46 from all industries with the goal of bringing together like minded safety driven individuals to improve safety across all segments. Our Division provides a great opportunity for anyone interested in getting involved in the National Safety Council to become familiar with the Divisions and the Council as a whole. We welcome you and look forward to working with you help eliminate preventable deaths in our lifetime.

– Vaughn Hayes
2019-2021 Young Professionals Division Chair
Hopkins Propane

NSC Division Events

2020 NSC Spring Divisions Meeting

Join your Division colleagues in Pittsburgh at the 2020 NSC Spring Divisions meeting. Learn, discover, connect at the Spring Meeting event, held for the first time in conjunction with the 2020 NSC Northeast Conference & Expo.

Registration for spring meeting requires NSC membership and the promo code "Divisions."

Register Today

Event Date: March 11, 2020
Venue: David L. Lawrence Convention Center
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Hotel: The Westin Pittsburgh, 1000 Penn Avenue
Reserve a room here, or call (412) 281-3700 and reference the NSC Northeast Conference & Expo block by Monday, Feb. 17. Cost is $149, single/double.

Get the Schedule

Young Professionals Division Events

Date Time Location/Dial-in Topic
Oct. 21, 2018 9 a.m. to noon (CT) 2018 NSC Congress & Expo, Houston

View the presentations:
Understanding the True Value of Safety
Leading People Safely:Leadership Lessons I Wish Someone Had Told Me
Monday, Dec. 10, 2018 10 a.m. (CT) YPD All-Division Call/Webinar View the Presentation
Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019

10 a.m. (CT) All-Division Call/Webinar Get the Presentation
Visual Literacy
April 28-May 1, 2019
9 a.m. (CT) 2019 Spring Divisions Meeting, Kansas City
Safety & the Proficiency Curve
Bleeding Control
Wednesday, June 12, 2019 10 a.m. (CT) Meeting Agenda Joshua Franklin: "Stuck in Safety: Breaking Through Your Career Plateau"
Stuck in Safety PowerPoint
Stuck in Safety Worksheet
Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019 10 a.m. (CT) Meeting Agenda Webinar: How to make the most out of your first NSC Congress & Expo experience
Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019 9 a.m. to noon Young Professionals Division meeting, NSC Congress & Expo, San Diego Agenda
Meeting Minutes
YPD Agenda Presentation
Current Trends in Training
Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019 10 a.m. (CT) Join the Call
Call in: (877) 309-9483
Conference Code: 867 398 7170
Essential elements of communication, appreciation and mutual respect across the generations that will push us forward as an industry and help us save lives.

Engage Students in the National Safety Council

Become an advocate for college students interested in a safety career by introducing them to free student membership offered by NSC. Advocates visit local colleges and universities that have safety industry-related classes and clubs. They explain NSC membership, review student membership program documents and give a presentation on the benefits of student membership, NSC scholarships, the NSC Divisions and the NSC mentoring program.

Get more details about the advocate program, and download the PowerPoint presentation to get started right away.

The NSC Young Professionals Division also has organized a FREE undergraduate student mentor program that partners working safety and health professionals (Young Professionals Division members) with active NSC undergraduate student members. Students will regularly communicate with their mentor, who can assist with educational questions, give career advice, connect students with possible work or internship opportunities, recommend professional resources, and more.

Undergraduate university students interested in working with a mentor should contact Christy Maes, NSC program manager, [email protected], to indicate their desire to participate in this free program. Interested student members should indicate their field of interest so they can be matched with a mentor most effectively.

2019-2021 Young Professionals Division Leaders


Vaughn Hayes
Director of Operations
Hopkins Propane
Division Chair


Chris Osterhout
System Safety Specialist
Sound Transit
Division Vice Chair


Amanda Horner
Mid-America Regional Council
Division Secretary


Kristen Chipman
Environmental, Health and Safety Supervisor
Cianbro Fabrication & Coatings Corporation
Immediate Past Chair


Christy Maes
[email protected]
NSCDivision Program Manager

Kristen Chipman
Cianbro Fabrication & Coatings Corporation
Division Delegate

Tameca Miles
District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority
Marketing and Events Chair

Travis Parker
Lee Mechanical
Leadership Development Chair

Jeff Kozub
DowDuPont Specialty Products (DuPont Division)
Membership Chair

Adam Bates
Strategic Planning Chair