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November 20, 2019
NSC, OSHA renew partnership alliance

On November 18, the National Safety Council (NSC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) renewed their partnership alliance.

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The NSC and OSHA first formed an alliance in 2003. The NSC serves as an Alliance Program Ambassador as part of the agreement, promoting alliances with the Agency.

“With a shared mission to protect workers, we can make the greatest impact in reducing workplace injuries and deaths,” NSC president and CEO Lorraine M. Martin said in a statement. “These combined efforts will help our nation’s workers live their fullest lives.”

OSHA and the NSC will continue to share information and guidance, provide to training resources, and promote workers’ rights and employers’ responsibilities under the Occupational Safety and Health Act.

Under the agreement:

  • The group encourages its chapters to build formal and informal relationships with OSHA’s national, regional, and area offices;
  • OSHA offers the NSC opportunities to speak at OSHA Alliance Program and Agency stakeholder meetings or events, including outreach and training events at national, regional, and area offices, as well as at the National Alliance Program Construction Roundtable and Forum; and
  • The NSC shares good practices with OSHA personnel and industry professionals through training programs, workshops, seminars, and lectures.

New NSC chair, directors

The NSC also recently installed Andrew Johnson, executive vice president and chief risk control officer for Captive Resources LLC, as the new chair of its board of directors. Johnson has been with Captive Resources, an independent consulting firm that helps businesses control their insurance costs, since 1992.

The group also announced its 11 new board members:

  • Paul Aasen, president of the Minnesota Safety Council;
  • Dane M. Bremer, director of global business continuity, employee safety, and enterprise security for Liberty Mutual Insurance;
  • James W. Connell Jr., executive vice president and chief customer officer for Centuri Group, Inc.;
  • Kathleen Eaton, vice president of safety, building services, and energy management for The Home Depot;
  • Cheryl Gomez-Smith, director of operations excellence, personnel safety, and global security at Exxon Mobil Corporation;
  • Rose McMurray, chief transportation safety advisor for FDRsafety, LLC;
  • Travis Parsons, associate director of occupational safety and health for the Laborers' Health and Safety Fund of North America;
  • Jane Sinclair, general counsel and company secretary for Firmenich International SA;
  • Brad Thomas, president of First Transit and First Vehicle Services for FirstGroup plc;
  • Chantal Trépanier, president of SIM/Cognibox, Inc.; and
  • Glenn Trout, CEO and president of VelocityEHS.

The NSC also reported an increase in the number of safety professionals attending its annual Congress & Expo most recently held in San Diego. The event saw a 13 percent increase in participants with “safety” in their job title and an 11 percent increase in attendees whose primary area of expertise is safety management.

The 2020 NSC Congress & Expo will take place October 5 through 7 at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis.

The NSC is a not-for-profit organization focused on preventing deaths in the home, in the workplace, and on the roadways.

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