Green Cross Quarterly

March 2019

Know the Facts. Stay Safe!

Data is at the heart of the National Safety Council.

NSC often refers to itself as a data-driven organization. Data is important because it gives us a historical timeline of preventable injuries and deaths, which provides a snapshot of where we’re headed. This snapshot is crucial in developing our advocacy outreach; it allows us to anticipate the issues, get ahead of them and address them in a timely manner.

Data has always been at the heart of NSC advocacy work. Injury Facts® launched in 1921 as a print publication, and in 2018 became a free online resource available to everyone. It provides the latest data to a wide audience and links that data to NSC initiatives. Users can not only explore the facts, but also see how NSC is addressing safety issues through advocacy work.

Injury Facts data led NSC to develop many new advocacy initiatives and public awareness efforts, including the Stop Everyday Killers campaign, Prescribed to Death. The latest data reflects the stark tragedy of the opioid epidemic, which claimed nearly 65,000 lives in 2017. The highly lauded public campaign included a memorial to victims and their families and resources to help people start a dialogue about opioids with their physicians.

Injury Facts data analysts continuously collaborate with the NSC advocacy team to create new tools. When data emerged that work-related fatigue and children left in hot cars were becoming growing concerns, NSC subject matter experts worked with the Injury Facts team to create new online resources to educate and bring awareness to these new risks.

The Injury Facts team is working hard to add new pages and resources to assist in our mission of eliminating preventable deaths in our lifetime. Check back often, or sign up to be notified when the latest information is published.

Green Cross for Safety Awards Celebration

Join us for the annual Green Cross for Safety awards, recognizing outstanding achievements in safety in the categories of Safety Advocate, Safety Excellence and Safety Innovation.

This annual celebration of safety brings together mission-driven advocates, safety professionals, corporations and government officials from around the country with the common goal of creating a safer world. The funds raised will be used to carry out all facets of the NSC mission, to eliminate preventable deaths in our lifetime. Every day, NSC works to identify emerging risks to our safety at work, at home and on the road, and create effective solutions through research, education and advocacy.

For more information and to register or donate, please visit

Learn How NSC is Working for You at the State Level

The National Safety Council government affairs team advocates for safety policies on both the federal and state levels. The NSC state advocacy strategy focuses primarily on transportation safety and the opioid epidemic. In 2019, NSC will focus its transportation safety efforts on the three biggest causes of fatalities on our roads: speeding, impaired driving and lack of seat belt use. Specific policies NSC advocates for include opposing efforts to raise speed limits, supporting efforts to implement automated enforcement for speed and red light cameras (and opposing efforts to remove these tools), advocating to lower the legal BAC to .05, all offender ignition interlocks, primary enforcement seat belt laws and strong child passenger safety laws.

At the state level, NSC focuses on 12 target states. These states were chosen because of the potential to improve roadway safety by educating drivers and to implement better laws on the issue areas identified above.

The NSC state advocacy strategy in regards to the opioid epidemic is two-fold:

  • Ensure the inclusion of employers in any statewide opioid task forces; as we know, workplaces are not exempt from feeling the impact of this epidemic
  • Improve the Prescription Nation indicators in target states; this includes mandating education for prescribers of controlled substances, mandating prescribers use their states prescription drug monitoring programs, and ensuring widespread access to naloxone

360-Degree View

The 2018 National Safety Council annual report is now available online. The report details some of the larger accomplishments, including the expansion of our advocacy, business and philanthropic efforts, celebrated in 2018. View the report at

Why We Support NSC

As a society, we often take safety for granted. People ignore the risks of distracted driving – until a loved one is killed. The opioid epidemic has silently impacted millions of Americans. Were many of us aware of opioid dangers or what to do about it? The National Safety Council works tirelessly to educate businesses and the public about these and multiple other life-critical safety issues. Because of the NSC, safety receives national attention. We are smarter and better able to manage the risks that confront us daily.

For the past 13 years, we’ve owned Jetco Delivery, a Houston based trucking and logistics company. Brian has led businesses in high-consequence industries since 1995. NSC has been a tremendous resource every step of the way. Whether your safety performance is struggling or on a “good-to-great” journey, NSC is a tremendous resource.

Brian has dedicated himself to building a robust safety culture at Jetco and sharing best practices worldwide through his Leading People Safely keynotes. Safety is at the foundation of an operationally excellent business. It is the ultimate investment we can make in our employees and in the safety of the public. Safety is not a priority, it is a nonnegotiable core value. An investment in safety is a hard-core business proposition. For his contributions as a safety thought leader and practitioner, Brian was honored to receive the NSC Distinguished Service to Safety Award in 2018.

Most importantly, safety is about saving lives and keeping families and friends together. What good are your hobbies and passions if you are not around to enjoy them? Safety is at the foundation of a life well-lived. We are grateful for the Council’s outstanding work, which benefits every American. This is why we give.

– Brian and Cheryl Fielkow