The National Safety Council was founded in 1913 to make workplaces safer. We’ve made significant progress in the century since; however, fatal work injuries are on the rise again. The U.S. recorded the highest number of workplace deaths in over a decade in 2018, the most recent year for which data are available.

That’s why NSC starts at work – where people put everyday strategies in place to solve problems. All employees deserve a safe work environment and to return home safely at the end of each work day.


Trained over 250,000 first aid responders in NSC First Aid courses

Trained over a 1,000 professionals in workplace safety

Developed and launched the Organizational Vulnerability Assessment tool, assisting over 400 companies with determining their COVID-19 transmission risk and pinpointing key action items

Partnered with more than 50 member organizations surveying over 60,000 workers, to assess and improve their organizational safety culture

Identified more than 100 workplace technologies to mitigate risk as part of a new Work to Zero report, microsite, and safety technology tool, thanks to generous support from the McElhattan Foundation

Unveiled new, modernized brand that pays homage to NSC legacy and the NSC values of Be Safe, Be Bold, Be Impactful and Be NSC

Moved regional Southern Safety Conference & Expo and NSC Safety Congress shows from in-person to virtual

Welcomed Corteva to the Campbell Institute

Launched two new 1-day courses in response to COVID-19 challenges – Risk Assessment Workshop and Industrial Hygiene Basics

Successfully converted 11 ASC classroom courses to include virtual instructor-led offerings, allowing students to pursue their NSC Advanced Safety Certificate without risk of COVID-19

Replaced NSC University with the new NSC Learning management system, providing a more uniform customer experience

A record of seven prominent buildings, including Wrigley building, Prudential Plaza and Willis Tower in Chicago, turned green in observance of National Safety Month

Recognized nine 2020 CEOs Who “Get It” in Safety+Health Magazine

Launched SAFER: Safe Actions for Employee Returns, to help employers prioritize safety during the pandemic, partnering with over 75 large and small Fortune 500 companies, nonprofits, public health and government experts

Established the SAFER taskforce to advise on recommendations and best practices and provide thought leadership, with input from Campbell Institute members

Developed and launched three State of the Response reports, addressing state actions, employer actions, and future of world of work in response to the pandemic as part of the SAFER initiative

Awarded the Green Cross for Safety Excellence Award, sponsored by Board of Certified Safety Professionals, to La-Z-Boy, Inc. for their innovative manufacturing operations ergonomic program

Testified at the Congressional hearing on “Frontline Feds: Serving the Public During a Pandemic,” sharing insights from SAFER on keeping the federal workforce safe

Awarded the Green Cross for Safety Innovation Award, sponsored by UPS, to The Dow Chemical Company, for working to reduce aerial lift equipment injuries by developing next level technology solutions

Established the Women’s Division, with support from Amazon and UPS, providing opportunities to support and educate safety professionals on issues that disproportionately affect women in the workforce

Issued new Campbell Institute report on Serious Injury and Fatality Prevention

Awarded the inaugural Lorraine Pack Memorial Scholarship, founded by Laura Fiffick of Wilbur-Ellis and Brittany Westphal, to D’Andrea Prim, addressing the underrepresentation of women in EHS

Recognized 32 safety leaders under 40 as part of the 11th class of the Rising Stars of Safety

Secured lead sponsorship for SAFER from Avetta, Cordova Safety Products, FirstGroup, ISN, Majestic, McElhattan Foundation, SAS, and U.S. Steel

Acquired ORC HSE Strategies LLC to enhance NSC workplace safety consulting and offerings

Hosted the inaugural Work to Zero Summit, with support from Exelon and McElhattan Foundation

Held the first State of COVID-19 Response and Future World of Work Summit, with support from KPA and Intelex

More than 1,156 people registered for the virtual Green Cross Celebration, which raised over $661,000 to support the area of greatest need at NSC

Developed a tribute campaign for National Safety Month, encouraging people to honor someone who keeps them safe by raising over $36,000 for the SAFER initiative

Welcomed the Florida Chamber Safety Council as an official NSC chapter