About the National Safety Council
National Safety Council, founded in 1913 in the Chicago, IL area, and chartered
by the United States Congress in 1953, is the nation's
leading advocate for safety and health. Our mission is
"to educate and influence society to adopt
safety, health and environmental policies, practices
and procedures that prevent and mitigate human
suffering and economic losses arising from preventable
History. The National Safety Council has been
working for generations to protect lives and promote
health with innovative programs. The Council is a
international public service organization dedicated to
improving the safety, health and environmental
well-being of all people.
Unintentional injuries are the fifth leading cause of death in this country, and the leading cause of death for Americans under 45 years old. The Council believes that such incidents are not just random occurrences, but instead result from multiple conditions involving the interactions of machines and environments with people as they live, work, drive, and play. The Council views what some call "accidents" as unplanned, unwanted and nearly always preventable events.
Acknowledging the Council's first 40 years of operation as an Illinois nonprofit corporation, an Act of Congress on August 13, 1953, created the National Safety Council as a body incorporated under federal law. Public Law 259 of the 83rd Congress formally established the Council as a federally chartered organization. The Charter mandates that the National Safety Council be nonpolitical and not contribute to or otherwise assist any political party or candidate.
Organization. Since 1913, the National Safety
Council has served as the premier source of safety and
health information in the United States. The Council
started in the workplace -- in factories, warehouses,
construction sites -- making businesses aware of ways
to prevent unintentional injuries on the job.
Subsequently, its efforts were expanded to include
highway, community and recreation safety; and its
mission now encompasses all major causes of
preventable injuries and deaths, including
occupational and environmental health and general
with its national responsibilities, the Council
carries out its mission on the community level through
a network of Chapters.
The Council and its Chapters are committed to
promoting safety and health in all walks of life, 24
hours a day.
About the South Louisiana Chapter
Our Chapter was founded in 1950 and incorporated in 1951 as the New Orleans Safety Council, then as the Metropolitan New Orleans Safety Council Inc. We became a Chapter of the National Safety Council that same year. As our service area grow, our name was changed to the Metropolitan Safety Council of the New Orleans Area Inc., filed with the Louisiana Secretary of State under the trade names of National Safety Council, South Louisiana Chapter and Louisiana Safety Council. We now service the South Louisiana Parishes of Acadia, Allen, Ascension, Assumption, Avoyelles, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Evangeline, Iberia, Iberville, Jefferson, Jefferson Davis, Lafayette, Lafourche, Livingston, Orleans, Plaquemines, Pointe Coupee, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. Helena, St. James, St. John the Baptist, St. Landry, St. Martin, St. Mary, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Terrebonne, Vermilion, Washington, West Baton Rouge, West Feliciana. Also, due to our location, we are able to service the Mississippi Gulf Coast region.
board of directors governs the
directors are unpaid volunteers.
The directors, their officers and committees
determine policies, operating procedures and programs
to be developed and carried out by the Chapter's
Board members represent business, labor,
government, community groups, trade and professional
associations, schools, and individuals.
The Chapter serves over 450 member
organizations in South Louisiana.
a non-government organization, the Chapter does not have the authority to
legislate or regulate.
It can, however, influence public opinion,
attitudes and behavior.
The Chapter serves as an objective and
impartial intermediary by bringing safety and health
professionals representing industry and labor together
with government, association and public-interest
representatives to form coalitions on key safety,
health and environmental issues.
Chapter's not-for-profit status as a 501(c)(3) organization enables it to develop
actions and expand its outreach by securing funding
for innovative public programs that save lives.
Donations to the National Safety Council and the South Louisiana
Chapter have made a difference for millions of people
on the job, at home and in communities across the
nation. The corporations, foundations and individuals
that support the Council collectively make the world a
safer and healthier place for everyone.
Community Services. The South Louisiana Chapter is involved in a number of community programs and initiatives to address the safety and health needs of the general public and to enhance the quality of life for citizens throughout the parishes served by the organization. These programs include:
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