McElhattan Foundation provides additional funding for NSC ‘Work to Zero’ initiative

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Itasca, IL — The National Safety Council and the McElhattan Foundation recently announced that they will continue to work together to eliminate workplace fatalities by 2050 through the NSC Work to Zero initiative.

Launched in January 2019 with an initial grant from the foundation, the initiative aims to educate employers on technological safety enhancements to reduce and ultimately eliminate deaths in the workplace. The foundation is providing an additional grant of $3 million over three years to help further support this work and increase employers’ adoption of lifesaving safety technology.

“In a year full of unprecedented unknowns, getting our workers home safely is important now more than it ever has been,” NSC President and CEO Lorraine M. Martin said. “Technology is key to continuing this lifesaving work of improving safety in the workplace, and we thank the McElhattan Foundation for their continued support. Without it, these efforts would not be possible.”

Over the past three years, NSC has launched a webpage workers and employers can use to identify common hazardous situations, understand how safety technology can help save lives, and explore other resources and research.

Additionally, NSC has created a free tool that helps identify top hazardous situations and locate relevant technology solutions, developed educational materials and webinars on four emerging technologies, and hosted the annual Work to Zero Summit.

Established in 1994, and previously the charitable arm of Industrial Scientific Corp., the foundation was founded by K.E. McElhattan and his son, Kent McElhattan. Kent was a member of the NSC board of directors for a decade, serving as chair from 2010 to 2013.

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