Safety At Work

The National Safety Council was founded in 1913 to make workplaces safer for employees. More than a century later, people are nine times more likely to die from a preventable injury off the job than on the job. However, total fatal work injuries have been climbing for three consecutive years, reaching 5,190 in 2016 – surpassing 5,000 for the first time in nearly a decade. We still have work to do.

In 2017, We made workplaces safer



HELD THE 2017 NSC CONGRESS & EXPO IN INDIANAPOLIS, with 14,000 attendees from 71 countries and 1,100 exhibiting companies; NASCAR legend Kyle Petty was our keynote speaker

CO-SPONSORED AN EVENT with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce focused on opioids in the workplace

WELCOMED ERM, First Group North America, San Diego Gas & Electric and United Airlines, the newest Campbell Institute members dedicated to world class environmental, health and safety practices

WELCOMED more than 2,400 new members to the Council

LAUNCHED FIRST AID, CPR and AED training in China

CELEBRATED THE 75th ANNIVERSARY of the Distinguished Service to Safety Award, with five receiving the highest individual recognition in the field of safety

ALEXI CARLI, CSP, vice president of global health and safety at UPS® was named 2017 Marion Martin Award winner, celebrating influential women in safety

LAUNCHED THE NSC SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM to support continuing education opportunities for newly minted safety professionals; sponsored five student members to attend NSC Congress & Expo in Indianapolis

RECOGNIZED The Boeing Company with the Green Cross Safety Innovation Award for its fall protection system

RECOGNIZED PotashCorp with the Green Cross Safety Excellence Award for its serious injury and fatality prevention program

RECOGNIZED 7 CEO’s Who “Get It” in Safety+Health magazine

CELEBRATED Safety+Health magazine’s Class of 43 Rising Stars of Safety for 2017

AWARDED 20 FIRMS the Safety Standard of Excellence® mark; the SSE program, in its inaugural year, is a partnership between the American Staffing Association and NSC that promotes safety management best practices within the staffing industry



RELEASED THE FIRST STATE OF SAFETY REPORT, which found only two states earned “A” grades in workplace safety

IN PARTNERSHIP with NORC at the University of Chicago and funding from Shatterproof, designed and launched The Real Costs of Substance Use in Your Workforce calculator to assess costs of substance use based on an organization’s location, size and industry

CONDUCTED A NATIONAL POLL ON FATIGUE, which found 43% of Americans admit they may be too tired to function safely at work

CREATED A FATIGUE COST CALCULATOR in partnership with Brigham and Women’s Hospital to help employers assess how much fatigue is costing their bottom line

LAUNCHED A BENCHMARKING STUDY to compare safety operations and policies of NSC members; of the 500 companies participating, 54% reported a decrease in incidents

RELEASED TWO NEW CAMPBELL INSTITUTE WHITE PAPERS: Visual Literacy: How learning to see benefits occupational safety and A Systems Approach to Worker Health & Wellbeing

RELEASED A REPORT examining safety benefits of contractor management programs

RELEASED THE LAST IN-PRINT VERSION OF INJURY FACTS®; the definitive annual publication for preventable deaths and injuries in the United States for nearly 100 years will be available on the web starting in 2018

SURVEYED MORE THAN 55,000 WORKERS across 200 establishments; NSC Employee Perception Surveys provide employees a voice in their workplace safety and guide organizational leaders in developing data-driven action plans for continuous safety improvement

SURVEYED A REPRESENTATIVE SAMPLE OF AMERICAN WORKERS on perceptions of worker safety using the Council’s employee perception survey; 58% of construction workers and 47% of workers over all industries said safety takes a back seat to productivity said safety takes a back seat to productivity



OVER 27,000 ATTENDED a training session at an NSC conference, webinar, or symposium

FOCUSED ON FALLS, FATIGUE, ACTIVE SHOOTER AND ERGONOMICS for National Safety Month, with the theme #KeepEachOtherSafe; SafeAtWork pledges increased 178% from 2016, while media impressions shot up nearly 3000% for NSM overall


DEVELOPED A FREE SAFE DRIVING KIT with Wheels, Inc., to help employers stop the leading cause of workplace death

IN PARTNERSHIP with the Oklahoma Highway Safety Office launched Our Driving Concern Safety Program for Oklahoma employers

AWARDED RECORD NUMBER OF EMPLOYERS with Our Driving Concern Texas Employer Traffic Safety Awards

CELEBRATED THIRD ANNIVERSARY of the Journey to Safety Excellence® campaign; the 6,800th registrant was recorded in 2017

MEMBERS OF THE CONSTRUCTION & UTILITIES DIVISION CREATED a resource library,, to address falls from heights for the industry

SECURED AN IN-KIND GRANT from Google to improve NSC visibility through search engine marketing

SIGNED MEMORANDUM of understanding with Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Division of Workplace Programs to strengthen efforts on addressing opioid misuse in the workplace