Our idea of
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.
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.
Environmental Health and Sustainability
Hazards to environmental health such as air, water, and chemical pollution equally effect human health with long-term, persistent impacts.
The World Health Organization estimates
premature deaths annually
Road Safety and Transportation
Road and transportation accidents are one of the world’s leading causes of death and critical injuries.
people are killed, with an additional 20 to 50 million critically injured or permanently disabled, from road crashes every year
Human Health and Wellbeing
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.
In the U.S. alone, over
batteries are produced, many of which are thrown away
Over half of the population of the world, about 3.5 billion people, access the internet.
With the rise of internet use and internet connected devices, an equal rise of
Source: Global Cybersecurity Index