Young Professionals

Are You a Safety Professional Younger than 45?

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.

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) 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) Webinar
Call in: (877) 309-9483
Conference Code: 374 453 6204
Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019 10 a.m. (CT) Webinar
Call in: (877) 309-9483
Conference Code: 374 453 6204
Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019 9 a.m. to noon Young Professionals Division meeting, NSC Congress & Expo, San Diego Agenda to Come
Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019 10 a.m. (CT) Webinar
Call in: (877) 309-9483
Conference Code: 374 453 6204

Engage Students in the National Safety Council

Become an advocate for college students interested in a safety career by introducing them to the 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 PowerPoint 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.

Young Professionals Mentor Program

The National Safety Council Young Professionals Division is organizing a mentorship program for NSC student members. The program will partner working safety and health professionals (Young Professionals Division members) with a college student who is a current NSC student member. Student members desiring to be partnered with a mentor should contact Christy Maes, NSC program manager, [email protected].

Students will be able to network and regularly communicate with their mentor. The mentor can assist the student member with educational questions, give career advice, offer possible work or internship opportunities, recommended professional resources and more.

A Note From Our Leadership

Thank you for your interest in joining the Young Professional's Division! We are always looking for additional safety professionals who are motivated, talented and dedicated individuals. Join us to help move safety forward in your workplace, your community, your roadways, your state, and your country. Your participation within this division will allow for great professional growth, networking with world class leaders and a wealth of resources from NSC. Please join us as we work with the National Safety Council to “End preventable deaths in our life time”!

Kristen Chipman
Young Professionals Division Chair

2017-2019 Young Professionals Division Leaders


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


Vaughn Hayes
Vice President of Operations
Team Drive-Away
Division Vice-Chair


Chris Osterhout
Manager, Operations Integrity
Crowley Alaska Tankers
Division Secretary


Lydell Banks
Safety Manager - Central Region
FirstGroup America
Immediate Past Chair


Christy Maes
[email protected]
NSCDivision Program Manager

Shelley Brown
Division Delegate

David Hunyar
Division Delegate

Peter Sullivan
Accenture Consulting

Amanda Horner
Kansas Traffic Safety Resource Office
Communications Chair

Travis Parker
Lee Mechanical
Leadership Development Chair

Jeff Kozub
Dow Chemical
Membership Chair

Adam Bates
Strategic Planning Chair

YPD Mission Statement

Our vision is to establish a diverse group of young safety professionals to represent communities, businesses, governments and learning institutions to reduce risks, engage employees, measure progress and continuously improve the safety profession through collaboration, innovation and a shared commitment to saving lives.

Our mission is to provide a platform to empower young safety professional and mobilize their talents and energy toward promoting safety in our communities and workplaces. The Young Professional Division will create opportunities in the areas of leadership, research, education, advocacy and sustainability of the safety profession.

The mission will be accomplished through:

  • Establishing programs to support the development of safety leaders for the future
  • Creating opportunities for Young Professionals to participate in researching current and emerging safety issues
  • Education of young professionals and our communities on the role of safety in their lives and organizations
  • Providing a structure and resources to utilize young professional in advocating for advancing safety in their respective organizations and communities
  • Developing skills and experience in networking, sharing of experience, work-life balance and special issues to ensure the future of the safety profession

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