The findings, Seabrook noted, will be shared with stakeholders, including government, business, non-government entities, professional associations, individual safety, health and environmental professionals and labor.

According to ASSE Vice President of Professional Affairs Tom Cecich, CSP CIH, who was a driving force behind the center, safety is not viewed as a significant part of the sustainability debate in today's business climate.

"We need to step up and enter into this discussion of sustainability," he said during his presentation at the center’s launch last June. "Whatever claim an organization wants to make about being sustainable, they can’t do it unless they're safe."

"Each year approximately 5,000 fatal work-related injuries and 4 million non-fatal injuries and illnesses occur in the United States, which represents both unnecessary human suffering and high economic costs," said Fay Feeney, CSP, ARM, vice-chairman of the ASSE Foundation. "Kathy Seabrook's gift for safety research will assist in better evaluating workplace safety to create safer work environments."