About Us

The History of the Metropolitan Safety Council

The Metropolitan Safety Council helps individuals, businesses, and associations reduce the risk of injury and death from preventable causes. Founded in 1950, the Metropolitan Safety Council provides safety and health information, training, programs, and resources in South Louisiana and the Gulf Coast region.

Originally incorporated as the New Orleans Safety Council and now as the Metropolitan Safety Council of the New Orleans Area Inc., we are a 501(c) (3) not-for-profit organization. Our federal tax identification number is 72-0459032.

The Council is a non-governmental organization whose financial support is derived primarily from education, training, and grants from private businesses and industry, as well as governmental agencies that recognize the value of the services provided. As a result, this gives citizens an opportunity to participate in all aspects of safety and health within the local community.

Our efforts focus on safety and health in the workplace, home, community, and on the roads.

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A board of directors governs the Council. 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 Council's professional staff. Board members represent business, labor, government, community groups, trade and professional associations, schools and individuals.

As a non-government organization, the Council does not have the authority to legislate or regulate. However, it can influence public opinion, attitudes and behavior. As a result, the Council 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.

The Council'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 Council have made a difference for millions of people on the job, at home and in our community. The corporations, foundations and individuals that support the Council collectively make the world a safer and healthier place for everyone.

Community Services

The Council is involved in several 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 and counties served by the organization. These programs include:

  • Emergency Planning Public Private Partnership
  • Safe Communities America Hammond
  • New Orleans Regional Traffic Safety Coalition
  • Operation Lifesaver
  • Child Safety Seat Program and Louisiana Passenger Safety Task Force
  • Alive at 25 Driver Training Program
  • Fall Prevention for the Elderly Program
  • Home Safety Program
  • Southeast Louisiana DWI Task Force (SELA)
  • Poison Prevention Workshop
  • Asthma Prevention Workshop
  • Chambers of Commerce

Travel Directions

Exit I-10 at Clearview Pkwy. in Metairie, LA. Take Clearview South (toward Mississippi River). Turn left at first street, South I-10 Service Road West. Go five blocks. We are inside the Boy Scouts of America building on the corner of Houma Blvd. The office is Suite 140.