Green Cross Quarterly

February 2023

Exploring the Future at an Innovative NSC Event

Hundreds of thought leaders recently gathered in Long Beach, California, for The Future of EHS. The three-day conference brought together EHS professionals, business leaders, researchers and solutions providers for an open exchange of ideas and the latest in safety innovations and best practices. Decision makers from a diverse set of industries, including The Boeing Company, Allegion and W.W. Grainger, were represented at the event. 

Attendees explored leading approaches to eliminating death and injury in the workplace and experienced the latest safety innovations at the brand new Safety Technology Pavilion. 

Benchmark ESG, an MSD Solutions Lab Advisory Council member and MSD Pledge signee, returned with a two-year sponsorship to support The Future of EHS through 2024. The event will take place at the Omni Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky in 2024. 

Additional sponsorship opportunities are available now. To learn more about how your organization can support this event, contact Vicki Verboom at [email protected].

Accenture Supports NSC Diversity in Safety Programs

Diversity is crucial to the safety profession. From small local businesses to global industries, all workplaces benefit from trained specialists who better reflect the diversity of workers. 

Recognizing the need for more diverse occupational health and safety specialists and technicians, in 2018 the National Safety Council created a Women in Safety Scholarship Fund, which provides monetary support to five women pursuing a career in safety. In 2022, NSC launched a Diversity in Safety Scholarship Fund. This latest initiative offers financial assistance to four people of color pursing secondary education to support a career in safety. 

Building on this success, NSC continues to raise additional funding to provide more scholarships and increased career development for women and people of color.

One company recently chose to support this initiative in a unique way. Accenture, a professional services company, raised additional dollars for the Council’s scholarship programs through its Employee Giving Campaign.

“Accenture employees are committed to giving back to the community through a variety of programs and services,” said Pete Sullivan, CSP, managing director at Accenture. “I am thrilled to help lead efforts to support NSC and its work to increase the number of diverse safety professionals on their educational journey.”

The safety profession has never been more important to today’s workforce. If you or your company is interested in helping build a more diverse generation of safety leaders, please contact Tracy Sadlon at [email protected]. Your support will ensure the professionals tasked with keeping us safe truly represent us all.  

NSC Board Member Nicole Piggott Shares Safety Story

Nicole Piggott

Safety became personal for NSC Board Member Nicole Piggott when she attended the funeral of an employee who was killed when a landslide pushed his engine off the track and into Canada’s Mersey River.

Piggott, working in the mining industry at the time, remembers thinking, “This did not need to happen.” 

Now the chief operating officer of Women in Governance in Quebec, Canada, Piggott became passionate about the importance of safety and the value of diversity, equity and inclusion in the safety profession. 

Read more of Nicole’s story, and watch her interview with NSC President and CEO Lorraine Martin, part of the Council’s Safety is Personal video series. 

Save the Date: Green Cross Celebration 2023

This year’s Green Cross Celebration will take place Monday, Oct. 23, in New Orleans! Join us for a fun and memorable evening at Mardi Gras World, the warehouse and studio where artists and architects build floats for the annual parade.

We look forward to seeing you all then, as we once again celebrate the best and brightest in safety and raise funds to support the Council’s important work of saving lives, from the workplace to anyplace. Please email Jamie Arquilla at [email protected] for sponsorship and event details. 

Safety is Personal

Becky and Mike Savage’s two teenage sons, Nick and Jack, accidentally overdosed on a deadly cocktail of alcohol and prescription drugs on the same night in June 2015.

Becky turned her devastation into a powerful message: educating students, parents, lawmakers and anyone else who will listen about the dangers of prescription drug misuse and abuse. The Savages created the 525 Foundation (the boys’ hockey numbers were 5 and 25) with the goal of preventing another family from experiencing their daily, everlasting pain.

To date, Becky and Mike have shared their story with thousands of high school students and have presented at numerous conferences throughout the country. The 525 Foundation has testified in front of the U.S Senate committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions and participated in countless interviews for podcasts and news media, reaching an international audience.

NSC is grateful to Becky and all our Survivor Advocates for sharing their stories to raise awareness around important safety issues. The NSC Survivor Advocate Network provides a face and heart to our strategic initiatives and allows for individuals and organizations to connect, share stories, educate communities and influencers, and advocate for change. Read more of their stories, and learn how NSC is working to stop the opioid epidemic. 

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