Green Cross Quarterly

December 2019

New Resource: Opioids at Work Employer Toolkit

Seventy-five percent of U.S. employers have been directly impacted by the opioid crisis, according to a National Safety Council survey. Yet, only 17% feel well prepared to deal with the issue. To help employers address this workplace safety and health issue, NSC has created the Opioids at Work Employer Toolkit – a free, downloadable resource launched in September in partnership with Stericycle, whose generous sponsorship helped make the national launch possible.

The toolkit explains:

  • Which medications are opioids and the nature of opioid misuse disorder
  • How to educate supervisors and employees
  • How to implement an effective opioid policy
  • The best ways to incorporate appropriate elements into drug-related HR policies and procedures

This free toolkit includes implementation guides and calendars, fact sheets, presentations, 5-minute safety talks, posters, reports, videos and more so you can enhance or create a program and save lives.

Consider the Council on Giving Tuesday

The Tuesday after Thanksgiving is globally recognized as Giving Tuesday – a day for everyone to join in the spirit of giving and donate to the charities whose work inspires them most.  As the nation’s leading nonprofit safety advocate, the National Safety Council empowers individuals, employers and community leaders with the knowledge and tools to reduce risks, and prevent injuries and fatalities.  Philanthropy plays a vital role in propelling our mission.  NSC relies on charitable contributions to:

  • Research the leading causes of preventable fatalities
  • Provide education and training that increases awareness and minimizes risks
  • Implement advocacy programs that advance safety and prevention measures

Support NSC today to help people live their fullest lives, not just on Giving Tuesday but year-round. 

DriveitHOME: The Key to Keeping Teens Safe on the Road

Parents of new or soon-to-be teen drivers have a special responsibility: staying involved as their teen learns to drive. Why? Car crashes are the leading cause of death for teens and parents have the most influence over teens’ driving habits. 

The National Safety Council is committed to decreasing the number of fatalities involving teen drivers. A key component to teen driver safety is parental involvement. NSC created to guide parents and caregivers in helping their teen get the experience they need behind the wheel and become safer drivers.

Fully funded through philanthropic support from General Motors, DriveitHOME resources include:

  • Pointers for Parents, a collection of weekly driving lessons and scenarios parents can use to coach their teen through their driving journey
  • The New Driver Deal, a parent-teen agreement designed to help you to discuss, set and enforce boundaries and household rules related to driving

These resources, along with educational videos, weekly blog posts and other tools, are available free at Sign up today and be sure to share these resources with your family, friends and co-workers who have a new or soon-to-be teen driver in their life.

One parent shared, “Thank you for this program. It gave us a structure to cover important topics. We paired it with logging 50 hours of supervised driving. We downloaded all the lessons into an electronic notebook and checked them off as we did them. By the time my daughter went for her license I felt comfortable that she was a driver, not just a student driver.”

The more you do to set a good example and to stay involved – even after your teen gets a license – the safer we’ll all be behind the wheel.

Donor Spotlight

Celebrating EHS Excellence

From left: Michelle Garner-Janna, executive director of health, safety and environment at Cummins Inc.; Lorraine M. Martin, NSC president and CEO; Carey Smith, chief operating officer at Parsons Corp.; and Jerry Wascom, vice president operations excellence, safety, security, health & environment at ExxonMobil Corp.

Exxon Mobil Corporation and Cummins Inc. believe in the Robert W. Campbell Award’s goal: to recognize companies that show leadership and excellence by integrating EHS management into their business operating systems. By underwriting the award, both organizations have demonstrated their dedication to celebrating safety accomplishments and best practices.

ExxonMobil has supported the Campbell Award program for 15 years and will continue to do so through 2023. That represents a total commitment of $3.75 million. Cummins joined ExxonMobil in 2019 with underwriting support of $500,000 through 2024.

The National Safety Council thanks both organizations for living the award’s values and leading efforts to recognize safety excellence. Award winners have the opportunity to stay involved as members of the Campbell Institute, working alongside equally committed organizations to learn from one another and share expertise as we strive to create safer workplaces and communities worldwide.

Established in 2004 and supported by a network of global partners across five continents, the Campbell Award is the most prestigious safety award presented annually by NSC. Named after the first president of NSC, Robert W. Campbell was a noted safety pioneer who believed that the success of the safety movement would depend on educating engineers, top executives and employees on the business and personal benefits of EHS.

To learn more about the Campbell Award and the Campbell Institute visit

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].