International Overdose Awareness Day A Time To Remember, Act

The National Safety Council is calling on Americans to observe International Overdose Awareness Day on Aug. 31 by taking time to remember lost loved ones and acting to prevent overdose. Opioid overdose deaths, in particular, have reached alarming numbers in the U.S. in recent years. Of the 61,311 preventable drug overdoses in the country in 2017, more than 43,000 involved opioids. Preventable opioid overdose deaths increased nearly 14% in 2017 from 2016, and are up 633% since 1999. “Opioid misuse touches one in every four Americans, and these deaths are…

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NSC Receives Grant from The UPS Foundation to Promote Women in Safety

The National Safety Council has received a $25,000 grant from The UPS Foundation to promote women in safety. In the U.S., women are 47 percent of the workforce. But they are only 18% of health and safety professionals. In addition, males in the industry tend to have longer tenure, hold higher-level positions in their organizations and/or are more likely to directly supervise other staff. “Today more women than men earn bachelor’s degrees, but women are still underrepresented in STEM fields,” said Nick Smith, interim president and CEO of the National…

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NSC Joins PAVE Coalition to Build Public Understanding of Automated Vehicles

The National Safety Council is pleased to join a nationwide coalition of organizations dedicated to raising public awareness about automated vehicles and the safety benefits of advanced driver assistance systems. PAVE – an acronym for Partners for Automated Vehicle Education – will help counter the confusion about current and future technologies so drivers and policymakers are fully educated about the life-saving potential of these advancements. The PAVE Coalition was unveiled today at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. “We are on the brink of the next generation of transportation…

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NSC Receives Grant from McElhattan Foundation to Speed Adoption of Technologies to Make Workplaces Safer

The National Safety Council has received a $500,000 grant from the Pittsburgh-based McElhattan Foundation to launch the Work to Zero initiative, which will help educate employers about new technological safety advancements that promise to reduce and ultimately eliminate preventable deaths in the workplace. NSC also will develop tools and resources for employers who want to integrate potentially life-saving technology, including comprehensive reports and a training program. The grant is the largest single-payment grant in the history of the McElhattan Foundation, established last year by Kent McElhattan, co-founder and chairman at…

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NSC Launches Safety Ambassador Program to Engage the Public to Help Eliminate Preventable Deaths

The National Safety Council is pleased to announce the launch of the NSC Safety Ambassador Program, which encourages individuals to bring safety back home and into their communities by participating in activities that educate about the leading causes of preventable death and injury. With preventable deaths at an all-time high, NSC hopes to engage at the community level through grassroots efforts. The NSC Safety Ambassador Program provides information, turnkey tools and resources to help Americans teach one another how to improve the safety of those closest to them. The Council…

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