Itasca, IL – The National Safety Council recently announced that it has acquired ORC HSE Strategies, LLC, in order to offer employers additional world class safety resources including thought leadership and consulting, and to add value to both organizations’ membership at a moment when workplace safety is as critical as ever. The two organizations will serve employers at the national and global levels to help them achieve safety excellence, prevent injuries and save lives.
More than 4,500 workers are killed on the job each year in the U.S., and more than 4.6 million workers were seriously injured in 2018. Workplace fatalities cost society $170.8 billion annually in 2018, the latest year for which final data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics are available. The number of deaths and injuries on the job has left employers seeking resources and information, and NSC and ORC HSE Strategies have long been regarded as leaders in delivering these services.
With ORC HSE joining NSC, the Council will immediately strengthen its ability to provide dynamic on-the-ground workplace safety consulting services to employers and safety leaders. ORC HSE and NSC are both member-based organizations, and the acquisition will allow both organizations’ membership additional opportunities for benchmarking, networking, training and thought leadership. The two organizations have been exploring the acquisition for more than a year.
The acquisition also further strengthens the Council’s commitment to its workplace safety roots. ORC HSE will integrate into the Workplace Practice Area at NSC, led by Vice President of Workplace Safety Mark Baker.
“In 1913, NSC was founded by a group of employers who decided that workplace deaths and injuries were unacceptable,” said Lorraine Martin, president and CEO of the National Safety Council. “Today’s acquisition is a doubling down on the promise NSC made to U.S. employers more than a century ago: to provide the resources needed to ensure no one dies or is injured at work. ORC HSE shares the NSC vision and commitment to helping people live their fullest lives, from the workplace to anyplace. We are delighted to join forces to lead safety into the future in a world undone by a pandemic, help companies advance on their own safety journey, and eliminate preventable workplace deaths and injuries once and for all.”
“ORC HSE is thrilled to be joining the National Safety Council,” said ORC HSE Strategies Partner Steve Newell. “Our goal has long been to become the premier HSE networking and service firm, connecting HSE thought leaders and driving continuous learning and innovation. We are excited to join forces with NSC so that together we can advance worker protection and deliver exceptional value for our stakeholders.”