Green Cross Quarterly

May 2020

Safety Doesn't Stop in the Face of a Pandemic

We hope you all are staying safe and well. For more than 100 years, the National Safety Council has been a partner to employers to address safety challenges that emerge in times of great uncertainty. Now, more than ever, NSC remains committed to supporting the safety challenges we are all facing in this unparalleled time.

The reality is, while many businesses have shifted to remote work, many people must still report to work every day, unable to work from home. In fact, 72% of National Safety Council member companies who responded to a NSC member benchmarking survey conducted in late March still have workers reporting to work every day. Jobs include those in grocery stores, construction, manufacturing, trucking, delivery, postal, airlines, public transportation, defense, janitorial, refuse collection, warehousing and other fields.

As a result, millions of workers are facing new challenges, and many may not be getting what they need to safely do their jobs. Whether it’s working more hours, covering new job responsibilities or not having access to the right kind of personal protective equipment, it’s more important than ever to focus on the fundamentals of safety.

Our work is more critical now than ever before. From member surveys about what issues businesses are facing to safety talks for employees to webinars featuring expert counsel, NSC is continuously sharing up-to-date and timely resources to help keep our members, instructors and the public informed about the rapidly developing coronavirus pandemic at nsc.org/coronavirus. NSC also is proud to lead the SAFER effort to address safety needs of the nation’s workforce now and in the future. This effort will provide employers with data-driven tools, resources and recommendations to ensure the safety of every workplace across the country.

NSC is able to remain steadfast in its mission of eliminating the leading causes of preventable injuries and death so people can live their fullest lives thanks to generous philanthropic contributions. Thanks to your support, NSC can stay nimble and address the safety of all our partners in new ways to respond to the world’s current landscape.

Help NSC on our mission. Donate to NSC on #GivingTuesdayNow to help keep you and your loved ones safe today and every day.

New Date: NSC 2020 Green Cross Event

Join us Oct. 4, 2020, in Indianapolis for the Green Cross for Safety® awards celebration. Held on the eve of the NSC Congress & Expo, the world’s largest premier safety conference, this annual fundraising event raises critical awareness and philanthropic support for NSC, while celebrating some of the best and brightest in safety.

This special event attracts nearly 500 attendees, including safety professionals, business executives and government officials. Guests enjoy a reception, dinner, a spirited live auction and awards presentation. The event also features an inspiring story from a survivor advocate who was impacted by one of our core mission areas and highlights vital life-saving initiatives at NSC.

All funds raised will support the NSC mission to save lives and prevent injuries, from the workplace to anyplace. Philanthropic contributions support research to identify leading causes of fatalities, education to increase awareness and minimize risks and advocacy to ensure the adoption of safety prevention measures.

Every day, NSC partners with world-class people and companies to make the world a safer place. You too can make a difference by joining us at this year’s Green Cross for Safety awards celebration. Register today.

Interested in sponsoring the Green Cross for Safety awards celebration? Please contact Jamie Arquilla at [email protected].

Young Life Cut Short by Driver on His Phone

Matthew Joseph

On Oct. 16, 2018, Matthew Joseph left for work like any other day, to do what he loved most – computer electronics and photography. As the 21-year-old paused in rush hour traffic waiting to get off an exit ramp, another vehicle barreled into his car at 69 mph, killing him instantly. The driver never even applied his brakes.

A witness had observed the driver “looking down and driving distracted” for roughly a mile and a half prior to the collision before killing Matthew and damaging six other vehicles. A life was lost and a family forever changed by tragedy, but the driver only received a six-month driver’s license suspension and 100 hours of community service.

Today, Matthew’s father works tirelessly to spread the word about the dangers of distracted driving. He travels around with Matthew’s damaged car to show young people the devastation that can occur when people choose to drive distracted. His message is clear: Distracted driving is a CHOICE you make. Distracted driving kills. Distracted driving destroys.

Matthew and his father are the reason the National Safety Council is dedicated to educating drivers about the importance of attentive driving. Thanks to the generous support of donations and partners, NSC is able to lead vital initiatives including training programs, public education campaigns and legislative action to improve driver behaviors and motor vehicle safety. Join us on our mission and get involved today.

Donor Spotlight


The National Safety Council is pleased to welcome new donor, Safety Services Company, who recently provided critical support to underwrite new COVID-19 educational webinars. Thanks to this support, NSC was able to provide even more up-to-date information on the impact COVID-19 is having on businesses, along with guidance on how employers can better ensure the safety of their employees. Topics offered in April through this funding included: understanding the impact on employee mental health; how COVID-19 impacts specific industries, such as manufacturing and construction; information about the CARES Act; and a presentation from Dr. Howard from the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health.


Thanks to Safety Services Company, these important webinars were offered free of charge and recordings of them can be found here.


Safety Services Company is a leading provider of safety, training and compliance solutions. They work to help customers achieve better safety outcomes by providing customized safety programs that fit the unique needs of their business. Safety Services Company also offers solutions to help businesses stay safe through the COVID-19 crisis.


“This was a fantastic opportunity for us to work with an organization similarly focused on helping businesses keep their employees safe,” said Peter Formisano, CEO of Safety Services Company. “NSC was the perfect partner to ensure more employers have access to valuable information that will help them address safety challenges during this unprecedented time.”


NSC is grateful Safety Services Company recognizes the importance of supporting nonprofits who join them in this mission to help meet the needs of companies of all sizes who are working to ensure the safety of their communities and their employees.


Engage with NSC


Every day, the National Safety Council carries out vital mission programs that save lives and prevent injuries at work, in homes and communities, and on the road. We are relentless in our efforts to identify emerging risks to human safety and create effective solutions for individuals, employers and community leaders.


Our donors, advocates and volunteers help us expand our reach and make even greater strides toward creating a safer world for each other. From sharing your story as a Survivor Advocate to hosting a fundraiser, there are many ways you can engage with NSC.


To learn more about how you can make a difference, please email [email protected].