What is

Safety?

What is

Safety?

Our idea of

Safe

is continually evolving.

Just a few decades ago, seat belts were an afterthought.

The sun was something to soak up.

Bike helmets were considered ridiculous.

Thankfully

This has changed

We now take great care to protect ourselves from a variety of hazards. Moreover, the concept of safety itself has expanded.

We can see how environmental conditions such as poor air quality and polluted waterways have long-term impacts to our wellbeing. Extreme weather events can have devastating consequences on our cities and communities. New technologies bring with them unknown safety threats, and effects that are oftentimes unpredictable.

Considering this wider definition of safety, how does education play a role in building a safer and more sustainable world?

At UL Education and Outreach, we focus on addressing the most persistent and difficult global safety challenges by implementing, inspiring, and supporting educational solutions across a broad range of themes.

1

Fire Safety

Injuries and deaths related to fire incidents are amongst the greatest threats to human life and wellbeing.

Parameter

Fire safety deaths in 2017

26,873

Source: UL Safety Index
Globally, our approach to fire safety education is to leverage the top minds in the fields of fire science, engineering, and safety research, and to transform their knowledge and expertise into science-driven, sustainable education programs.

2

Environmental Health and Sustainability

Hazards to environmental health such as air, water, and chemical pollution equally effect human health with long-term, persistent impacts.

Parameter

The World Health Organization estimates

7,000,000

premature deaths annually

Source: WHO
As a safe environment requires inter-generational vigilance, our focus is to support and recognize the critical work of non-profit organizations across the United States and Canada, who lead the way in scientific and technological innovation with a focus on solving environmental challenges.

3

Road Safety and Transportation

Road and transportation accidents are one of the world’s leading causes of death and critical injuries.

Parameter

Nearly

1,300,000

people are killed, with an additional 20 to 50 million critically injured or permanently disabled, from road crashes every year

Source: WHO
An ambitious agenda to drastically curb this trend requires sustained education and outreach across key road safety interventions. These methods must be effective in reducing road traffic fatalities and injuries, and in bringing desired behavioral change. At UL, we adopt multi-level, evidence-based interventions that are and focused on preventive strategies for global impact.

4

Water Safety

Globally, drowning is one of the leading causes of accidental death.

Parameter

Globally, drowning is the third leading cause of unintentional injury death totalling over

360,000

a year

Source: WHO
In our effort to reduce and eradicate accidental drownings, we aim to provide swimming and water safety educational materials that can help save countless numbers of lives. UL Education and Outreach focuses on developing global partnerships and collaborative approaches to address accidental drowning.

5

Resilience

Extreme weather events are increasingly more costly and more dangerous to human life and critical infrastructure than ever before.

Parameter

Average number of extreme weather events by decade, 1900-2010

Source: WHO
Engineering resilience is a fundamental key to ensuring safe and strong cities and communities. From policy makers, to educators, to engineers, the UL Education and Outreach program leverages UL’s rigorous scientific research and unmatched engineering expertise - along with worldwide partnerships - to create innovative, locally specific engineering resilience programs.

6

Human Health and Wellbeing

The evolution of safety must also take into account the topic of human health and wellbeing.

Parameter

Worldwide deaths from unintentional injury are expected to grow by 40% between 2015 and 2030, from

3,400,000

to

4,700,000

Source: WHO
At UL Education and Outreach, we contribute to the protection of human health and wellbeing through our scientific research, data development, and education and outreach, while maintaining our focus on both immediate and long-term threats to health and safety.

7

Battery Safety

Batteries enable many aspects of daily life, However, with improper use and handling, batteries can cause serious injury from fires, explosions, and other critical failures.

Parameter

In the U.S. alone, over

3,000,000,000

batteries are produced, many of which are thrown away

Source: WHO
Considering the necessity and large-scale dependence on safe and reliable portable energy, UL Education and Outreach focuses on delivering important battery safety educational materials, which rely heavily on research conducted by UL’s leading scientists and engineers. The distribution of this knowledge is critical to help educate the our tech dependent society. ever-growing population and consumer base of battery users.

8

Cyber Security

Over half of the population of the world, about 3.5 billion people, access the internet.

Parameter

With the rise of internet use and internet connected devices, an equal rise of

cybercrime

has increased

Source: Global Cybersecurity Index
Robust education programs are needed to enable internet consumers to navigate cybersecurity risks in this complex, ever-changing environment.

We encourage you to join us in our efforts to empower action and change around the world.
Click here to explore all the themes and our approaches towards addressing today’s most pressing safety challenges.