Work Safety

The National Safety Council was founded in 1913 to make workplaces safer for employees. Over a century later, people are more than nine times more likely to die from a preventable injury off the job than on the job. However, 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.




Welcomed 2,400 new members to the Council

Recognized the Boeing Company at the 15th anniversary celebration of the Robert W. Campbell Award

Welcomed seven new members to the Campbell Institute, including Chemours Company, Day & Zimmermann, Grainger, Krause Bell Group, Parsons Corporation, U.S. Steel and Wabtec

Increased YOY attendance at NSC Congress & Expo in Houston by 7%, with 54 companies attending for the first time, an Expo floor waiting list and sold out technical tours

Renewed NIOSH partnership to leverage organizational expertise, best practices, strategies and resources to advance workplace safety

Testified in front of Congress about the impact of opioids on employers

Ranked among world-class safety organizations on Safety Barometer employee perception survey, increasing NSC benchmarked percentile score by 20 points since 2015

Recognized 8 CEO’s Who ‘Get It’ in Safety+Health magazine

Recognized 38 Rising Stars of Safety for 2018

Awarded 12 firms with the Safety Standard of Excellence mark, celebrating a 2-year partnership with the American Staffing Association

Increased online readers of Safety+Health magazine by 32.9% YOY



Launched Injury Facts® online, making the definitive annual guide to preventable injury and fatality data widely available for free, with 22.4% growth in page views

Released two reports in the Fatigue in the Workplace series including Risky Employer Practices and Safety-Critical Industries

Surveyed U.S. employers to find that 90% are negatively impacted by fatigued employees on the job

Campbell Institute released new report on Serious Injury and Fatality Prevention: Perspectives and Practices

Adopted a policy regarding Safety Regulations and Recommended Practices for State and Local Government Workers to ensure workplace protections for all government workers

Adopted new policies on Fatigue Risk Management Systems and Educating the Public on Sleep Health through Worksite Wellness Programs to reduce risk of fatigue-related incident and injury at work

Adopted a policy on Hearing Protection recommending new exposure limits for workers consistent with NIOSH guidelines



Trained 405,000 workplace first responders in First Aid

Trained over 27,000 in workplace safety

Conducted trainings in 35 countries

Focused on Emergency Preparedness, Wellness, Falls and Driving safety for National Safety Month, with the theme #No1GetsHurt

Over 87% of National Safety Month participants said they would participate again next year

Shifted the focus from fatalities to injuries, with an innovative visual literacy experience in partnership with COVE at the NSC Congress & Expo

Brought seven scholarship winners to NSC Congress & Expo in Houston as part of the NSC Scholarship Program, including the first Women in Safety Scholarship recipient

Launched an online instructor renewal program for First Aid and created e-books for 10 different First Aid programs