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, 2018 marked the first year since 2012 that the total recordable cases rate for workplace injuries and illnesses did not decline. Every employee deserves a safe work environment and to return home safely at the end of each work day.


Recognized Parsons Corporation with the 2019 Robert W. Campbell Award

Drew more than 15,000 safety, health and environment professionals and distributors from more than 70 countries to NSC Congress & Expo in San Diego; experienced a 13% YOY increase in participants with “safety” in their overall job title and an 11% YOY increase in attendees whose primary area of expertise is safety management

After a successful rebrand and launch of the NSC Southern Conference & Expo in 2018, returned to New Orleans in 2019 with nearly 1,000 safety professionals attending from the Gulf Coast region

Signed a five-year Alliance Program Ambassador agreement with Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor of Occupational Safety and Health Loren Sweatt as a commitment to continue working with OSHA to improve workplace health and safety

Partnered with the Board of Certified Safety Professionals to launch a new online prep course for the Associate Safety Professional Certification

Recognized eight CEOs Who “Get It in Safety+Health Magazine and celebrated 100 years of the magazine’s publication

Focused on hazard recognition, fatigue, impairment, and slips, trips and falls for National Safety Month

Launched the new Work Zone Technician Course to train work zone employees about safe temporary traffic control strategies to maximize work zone and road user

Redesigned the Principles of Occupational Health & Safety core course of the Advanced Safety Certificate Program as a case based, experiential learning offering

Adopted a new policy on contractor management to improve safety outcomes for contract workers

Adopted a new policy on cannabis impairment in safety sensitive positions


Trained more than 475,000 first aid responders in 2019

Unveiled the Opioids at Work Employer Toolkit at the National Press Club with Surgeon General VADM Jerome Adams, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor of Occupational Safety and Health Loren Sweatt, Assistant Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy Eric Talbot, President of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Carolyn Crawley, Stericycle CEO Cindy Miller and survivor advocate Rex Butler; the toolkit is the first to provide opioid safety resources for supervisors, human resources and safety professionals, and employees

Convened world-renowned experts in the areas of toxicology, medicine, driving safety and law to discuss current trends and safety implications for employers regarding the use of cannabis in the workplace

Awarded the Green Cross for Safety Excellence Award, sponsored by Schneider Electric, to Nationwide for its Substance Use Response Plan, which educates leaders and associates, helps keep the Nationwide workplace safe and substance-free, and helps moderate benefit costs

Released the Fatigue at Work Employer Toolkit, which provides education and training resources, model policies, data collection tools and more, so employers can implement fatigue risk management programs

Hosted the inaugural Workplace Fatigue Conference

For the 10th year, recognized dozens of Rising Stars of Safety; special recognition was given to organizations with five or more Rising Stars, including AECOM, Dow Chemical Company, Engro Fertilizer Ltd, ExxonMobil, FCA US, FirstGroup, Liberty Mutual, The Raytheon CompanyURS | CH2M Oak Ridge (UCOR), U.S. Air Force, U.S. Marine Corps and the U.S. Navy

Brought 12 scholarship winners to NSC Congress & Expo in San Diego as part of the NSC Scholarship Program

Welcomed 1,896 new NSC members in 2019

Received more than 15 state approvals for NSC First Aid training programs

Launched the inaugural NSC Northeast Conference & Expo in Pittsburgh; convened more than 1,000 safety, health and environment professionals to network, learn and view the latest safety solutions

Launched the Work to Zero initiative with a $500,000 grant from the McElhattan Foundation to educate employers about promising technology that can help eliminate workplace fatalities

Welcomed generous five-year, $500,000 underwriting support from Cummins for the Robert W. Campbell Award, showcasing EHS excellence

Received generous support from Amazon and the UPS Foundation to strengthen the Women’s Division, provide educational opportunities for female safety professionals and increase funding for the NSC Women in Safety Scholarship