Good to hear from you

As I write this, I’ve just returned from the 2011 National Safety Council Congress & Expo in Philadelphia.

I will tell you honestly that up until a few years ago, I used to dread attending Congress & Expo. As a publishing professional and safety greenhorn facing potentially thousands of people who knew safety inside and out, I spent my time at the show in perpetual fear that someone would introduce a subject that would expose my ignorance.

The dread is gone. I’ve been part of the Safety+Health staff – observing and reporting on the safety field – long enough that I feel as if I can converse with a safety professional on most topics, and I’m comfortable enough to say, “I don’t know what that means” about others. I’ve found safety pros to be a thoroughly down-to-earth group who genuinely care about keeping people safe, and I hope S+H contributes to your efforts by keeping you informed about the latest news in your field.

The magazine’s staff spends most of its time in the office at NSC headquarters, and we rarely have the chance to meet large groups of safety pros all at once. So I was really pleased by the number of you who took the time to stop by the S+H booth at Congress & Expo to let us know that you appreciate the magazine.

Safety pros rely on important metrics such as injury and illness data. In contrast, the publishing industry looks at numbers regarding circulation, advertising revenue, etc. While important for the magazine’s survival, such numbers are not nearly as meaningful to us as the number of you who sit down to read the magazine each month and find information that helps you do your job. Our reader surveys are encouraging on this front, but it’s gratifying to hear real people talk about certain parts of the magazine that are their favorites. Feedback – positive and negative – motivates us to improve. Please keep those comments coming.

The opinions expressed in “Editor’s Note” do not necessarily reflect those of the National Safety Council or affiliated local Chapters.

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