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How can NSC help organizations achieve their safety objectives? Presenters show the ways


Itasca, IL — From workplace safety surveys “done right” and the benefits of National Safety Council membership to addressing mental health concerns, the council’s booth at the virtual NSC Safety Congress & Expo on March 3 showcased the many ways NSC can help attendees achieve their organization’s safety objectives.

Crystal Cannan, senior manager of surveys for NSC, noting the council’s 30 years of experience conducting employee safety perception surveys, offered insight into how the survey process can become a pivotal safety activity with far-reaching benefits during the morning’s “Safety Surveys Done Right!” presentation.

“I have truly seen the impact that an employee safety perception survey, when done right, can have on an organization,” Cannan said. “Many times we talk about safety culture and building safety culture. We know that safety culture is linked to lowering injuries and overall better performance, as well as employee engagement, so as part of our critical mission, we work to partner with you on conducting employee perception surveys.”

In the afternoon, Emily Whitcomb, director of the Work to Zero initiative at NSC, discussed a new series of reports on technology solutions for mitigating serious injuries and fatalities. Whitcomb and her team provided an overview of each report, including fatigue wearables, drones, proximity sensors, and augmented and virtual reality.

In between, NSC’s Ryan Pietzsch, program technical consultant, driver safety; and Lisa Robinson, senior program manager II, transportation safety, highlighted the importance of staying relevant as a driver training instructor during their “The Evolution of Driver Training” presentation. Ingrid Schoen, senior director of membership at NSC, explained how NSC membership provides the practical tools and resources needed to help keep workers safe.

Lastly, Jenny Burke, NSC’s senior director, impairment practice; and Rachael Cooper, senior program manager I, impairment practice, addressed the employer role in supporting holistic employee health.

Five more learning sessions are scheduled for March 4. They are (all times Central):

  • 10 a.m.: “Check out Networks, Consulting and Events from ORC HSE”
  • 10:30 a.m.: “Why Should Your Organization Join the Road to Zero?”
  • 11 a.m.: “Meet the NSC Divisions!”
  • 11:30 a.m.: “The NSC Approach to Advancing Organizational Maturity and Building Competency for EHS Professionals”
  • 2 p.m.: “Impairment in the Workplace”

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