Think Your Organization is One of the Safest in America?

It's the beginning of a new year, and organizations everywhere are setting new goals to keep workers and members of communities safe and healthy. Many organizations have already proven capable of creating and managing successful programs designed to promote environmental, health and safety performance. It is important for such efforts to be recognized so other organizations might discover ideas for generating the same positive safety results. That's why the National Safety Council (NSC) is asking organizations to showcase their successful endeavors to America by applying for the prestigious 2011 Robert W. Campbell Award.

Here is the official press release from the National Safety Council:

The National Safety Council Invites Applicants for 2011 Robert W. Campbell Award

Itasca, IL – The National Safety Council invites organizations around the world to apply for the 2011 Robert W. Campbell Award, the world’s pre-eminent award recognizing business excellence in integrated environmental, health and safety performance. The 2011 winners will be announced at the NSC Congress & Expo, scheduled for Oct. 30 to Nov. 4 in Philadelphia.

“Robert W. Campbell Award winners have a true understanding and appreciation of the intrinsic value of EHS to business vitality and sustainability,” said Janet Froetscher, president and CEO of NSC. “Campbell winners are enhancing the future of the EHS field. In collaboration with NSC and renowned business schools, winners develop case studies for use in boardrooms and classrooms worldwide.”

Awards are presented in two categories: Organizations with more than 1,000 employees or subsidiaries, and organizations with up to 1,000 employees. Applicants undergo a rigorous review process conducted by an international panel of experts in academia, government, labor and management, who provide each applicant with a written feedback report. Simply applying for the award provides valuable insight to focus and refine continuous improvement efforts.

Past Campbell winners include The Dow Chemical Company, Schneider Electric North America, Fluor Hanford, Gulf Petrochemical Industries Co., The Bahrain Petroleum Co., DynMcDermott Petroleum Operations, Alcan Inc., Johnson & Johnson and the Noble Corporation.

To download the Campbell Award information packet, please visit www.campbellaward.org. Final submittals must be postmarked by May 31, 2011.

The Campbell Award (www.campbellaward.org) is named for Robert W. Campbell, an early safety advocate and first president of NSC. The award is sponsored by NSC and underwritten by ExxonMobil Foundation.

The National Safety Council (www.nsc.org) saves lives by preventing injuries and deaths at work, in homes and communities, and on the roads through leadership, research, education and advocacy.

A Century of Safety Captured in New ASSE Film

Last Wednesday, January 5, the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) issued a press release announcing a new documentary film exploring the history of work safety. This new film coincides with the ASSE's 100-year mark since it was officially organized following one of the worst workplace disasters in modern-day history (find out what transpired below). It sounds like something any worker and employer would want to watch.

Watch the film here: ASSE
Celebrating 100 Years of Safety

Learn about the film by reading the official press release issued from ASSE's Des Plaines, Illinois, headquarters
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As many people begin their work day -- some putting on their fall protection gear, saddling up to the computer and putting the monitor at eye level, clicking on that safety belt, and taking a drink of purified water -- most will be oblivious to their workplace safety systems put in place to prevent injuries and illness. Many may not be aware of the many decades of work that went into developing and improving safety systems to prevent on-the-job injuries and helping businesses. The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) released its film titled “American Society of Safety Engineers – Celebrating 100 Years of Safety” (www.asse.org/ASSECenturyofSafety ) that tells the story of work safety and tragedy through the decades and why we are safer today.

This film not only tells the story of how and why we are safer at work today, but the genesis of safety in the workplace and the occupational safety, health and environmental profession. It also part of ASSE’s 100th anniversary. ASSE was founded in 1911 in New York City and now has more than 32,000 occupational safety, health and environmental professional members located worldwide committed to protecting people, property and the environment.

Narrated by Chicago-based actor Alan Wilder, the film walks the audience through tragedies and triumphs in the history of work safety. It spans several years and topics, from the horrific March 25, 1911, Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in New York City that took the lives of 146 people unable to escape the fire due to locked doors and collapsed fire escapes – some jumping to their deaths from the high floors -- to the successful building of large projects without worker injuries or fatalities. ASSE was founded just months after the tragic Triangle fire.

ASSE produced the documentary as part of its ongoing efforts to raise awareness about the importance of workplace safety and how it affects everyone in every facet of people’s work and daily lives. ASSE members and non-members are featured throughout the film discussing the past and the future of work safety whether in the office, the manufacturing plant, on the road, in the air, in the farm fields and more.

“It truly is a feel good profession. It’s hard work. It can be challenging. I think people can get discouraged, but at the end of the day you are helping people return home to their families safely, you are helping them earn a living and you are helping them to do it safely. And I don’t think it gets any better than that,” Sandy Smith, of Cleveland, OH, ASSE member and magazine editor discussing the importance of the occupational safety and health profession in the film.

ASSE President Darryl C. Hill, Ph.D., CSP, of MI, noted in the film, “One area that I’ve seen the profession change over the years is that it is beginning to focus on the business of safety. Whereas also demonstrating to the employer that safety is just not compliance or regulatory driven; that you as a profession or professional have to demonstrate the financial benefits to an organization.”

“I don’t know if its genetics because I’m a third generation safety engineer, but I know I’ve made a difference in the past and I know I can make a difference in the future and that’s a big driving factor,” Lawrence J. H. Schulze, Ph.D., PE., CPE, past ASSE Gulf Coast chapter president, associate professor Department of Industrial Engineering, University of Houston, said in the film. “It’s a great joy when you know you can make a difference in somebody’s life.”

The documentary not only looks back on some of the tragedies and successes involving work safety and the development of the occupational safety, health and environmental profession, safety products, education, services, and more, it also looks to the challenges of the future.

While millions of people go to work and leave work injury and illness free every day in the U.S., 12 people a day are dying from on-the-job injuries. According to the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), workplace injuries, illnesses, and deaths cost the U.S. $170 billion annually. This does not even take into account the untold grief family and friends go through. However, for every dollar invested in a safety program, four to six dollars are saved because injuries and illnesses decline or are prevented, medical and workers compensation costs decrease, along with reduced absenteeism, lower turnover and reduction in delayed production time and increased employee morale.

“This is not only our anniversary year, but the kickoff, the launch pad to the next 100 years,” ASSE President-Elect Terrie Norris, CSP, ARM, of Long Beach, CA, said. “We have much more to do.”

Founded in 1911, the Des Plaines, IL-based ASSE is the oldest professional safety society and is committed to protecting people, property and the environment. Its more than 32,000 occupational safety, health and environmental professional members lead, manage, supervise, research and consult on safety, health, transportation and environmental issues in all industries, government, labor, health care and education. For more information please go to www.asse.org.