Green Cross Quarterly - National Safety Council

Green Cross Quarterly

November 2020

Thank You for Celebrating Impact!

We were overwhelmed at the incredible response to our virtual Green Cross for Safety® awards celebration held on Oct. 1. The benefit was emceed by NBC Chicago Today’s Cortney Hall and featured a special keynote address from Founder and CEO of the Herjavec Group and Leading Shark on ABC’s Shark Tank Robert Herjavec. The event recognized the best and brightest in safety while raising vital funds to fuel our mission to save lives from the workplace to anyplace. 

Thanks to your support, we raised $662,000 to support NSC research, education and advocacy to eliminate the leading causes of preventable injury so people can live their fullest lives. We hope you enjoyed meeting our extraordinary award winners and learning about their tremendous efforts to help save lives and prevent injuries.

A sincere thank you to our sponsors who made this event possible. 

Just Drive - All Year Long

Last month, many of you joined NSC to recognize the 10th anniversary of Distracted Driving Awareness Month. Observed annually in April, but moved to October due to COVID-19, you once again helped us spread a critical safety message to make our roadways safer.

This year we were thrilled to be joined by lead sponsor TRUCE Software, a company dedicated to decreasing workplace distraction and improving worker safety. Together, we released a survey finding far too many risky behaviors are still occurring behind the wheel. Check out the infographic summarizing the findings here.

We also appreciate everyone's renewed commitment to pledge to drive distraction-free during this year's campaign. As a result of your participation and generous donations, The Zebra, the nation's leading insurance comparison site, donated $5,000 to support the work of NSC to keep you and your loved ones safe on the road.

Thanks to our sponsors and individual contributors, NSC is able to continue to lead vital initiatives including training programs, public education campaigns and legislative action to improve driver behaviors and motor vehicle safety all year round. We hope you’ll join us again in April to bring further awareness to this important cause.

Future of Work Summit on Dec. 9

Within six short months, COVID-19 has claimed more lives than accidental drug overdoses, motor vehicles and falls combined. Recognizing the need for trusted, pandemic-related safety guidance, we did what we do best – we convened the expertise, talent and passion of our unparalleled network to create SAFER: Safe Actions for Employee Returns. We partnered with large and small companies, nonprofits, legal experts, public health professionals, medical professionals and government agency representatives to provide employers with nonpartisan, science-based guidance and tools they can actually use to make their workplaces safer for employees, contractors and the public.

We’ve also been actively monitoring and analyzing the implications of our collective efforts to keep Americans safe in a series of reports. The first report, State of the Response: State Actions to Address the Pandemic, revealed 39 states did not go far enough to protect residents, jeopardizing the safety of the nation’s workforce.

The second report, released just last week, looked at what types of COVID-19-related safety practices organizations implemented and what cost they had to the employer. We found employers are doing a lot to help their workers get through the pandemic, but there is always more to do to increase worker safety, health and wellbeing.

The third report, demonstrating how our pandemic response will impact the future of work, will be debuted at the virtual State of COVID-19 Response and Future World of Work Summit on Dec. 9. Sponsored by Intelex and KPA, the Summit will help businesses, policymakers and leaders take stock of where we stand and where we are headed. The Summit will also feature candid discussions, share compelling reflections and analysis, and offer solutions for working together to keep workplaces safer across the country.

We hope you’ll join us next month to help chart the course ahead. Register today.

Donor Spotlight

If this year has shown us anything, it is that the safety profession has never been more vital. In addition to protecting against the typical hazards, like slips, trips and falls, EHS professionals have had to take on more roles, redefining the traditional scope of what it takes to keep workers safe. From securing hand sanitizer and PPE to addressing mental health, EHS professionals had to take on new challenges to ensure COVID-19-safety-related precautions were in place.

As the scope of your day-to-day work changed, we were with you every step of the way, thanks to the generosity of the safety community. From lending time and sharing expertise to providing critical funds needed to fuel the NSC SAFER effort, you showed up. Thanks to so many of you, we were able to provide more resources, more expertise and more guidance to other organizations who didn’t have the internal resources to protect their workers.

With the holidays and giving season around the corner, we want to take a moment to thank you for all you’ve given to support our mission. Keeping each other safe is more important now than ever. Together, we can make the greatest impact.