How would you like to invest a dollar and get back three dollars, or even six dollars? According to the National Safety Council website and a host of other safety professionals, expect that return on investment when you invest in safety. One of the complaints made frequently by safety professionals is that many managers view safety as an expense, not as an investment. And because of the highly technical nature of safety training, some managers may feel intimidated, placing safety issues on a back burner, reacting to accidents rather than proactively working to prevent them.
Especially in today’s society where integrated risk management is so critical to an organization’s success, supervisors and managers must commit to safety. But where should organizations start that are large enough to have employees yet too small to hire full-time or highly experienced safety personnel? Membership in the National Safety Council (NSC) is one critical resource for organizations, both large and small.
The National Safety Council is a non-profit public service organization that was founded in 1913 to protect the lives of American workers. There are many reasons to join NSC. One of the most critical reasons is the training it provides, which helps organizations comply with the rigorous state and Federal regulations like Occupational Health and Safety Administration standards. A few of NSC’s trainings include driver and fleet safety, CPR training, bloodborne pathogens training and home safety. NSC also offers discounts on safety products and special training classes. In addition, NSC provides its members with its helpful “Five Minute Safety Talks,” laminated fact sheets printed in English and Spanish that supervisors can use to promote safety meetings. NSC’s monthly magazine, Safety Health, outlines legislative changes, hot topics in training and safety, and discusses methods to overcome significant safety challenges.
Another offering is the NSC’s annual National Safety Congress, which draws thousands of safety professionals from around the country. This year’s Congress will meet in September in
Membership in the National Safety Council is economical, especially considering all the benefits it offers. Organizations with one to ten employees can join for just $250 per year, and rates increase slightly with the size of the organization. For more information on member rates, click here.
Many states have local NSC chapters, and enrolling in some states’ local chapters includes joint membership in the national organization. The NSC offers customized consulting and leadership training, as well.
Why reinvent the wheel? Let membership in the NSC drive your safety efforts and watch your losses decline.