The Chesapeake Region Safety Council, Inc. was founded on March 1, 1923, as the Baltimore Safety Council under the sponsorship of local businesses and industrial/civic leaders for the purpose of reducing accidents in the Baltimore metropolitan area. In 1933 the Council was chartered as a chapter of the National Safety Council and was incorporated under the laws of the State of Maryland.
On June 17, 1974, the name of the corporation was changed to Safety Council of Maryland, more accurately representing the desired statewide mission. Expansion resulted largely from the success and popularity of two previously established training programs:
- NSC’s 4-hour Defensive Driving Course (1965 to Present)
- Statewide training on the Federal Williams-Steiger Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 OSHA (1971-74).
The Council office was located in Baltimore City for the First 57 years until 1980 when it moved to western Baltimore County in the Catonsville-Woodlawn area.
During the 1990’s and at the outset of the 21st century the Council extended its outreach to Washington, DC and Northern Virginia. The District of Columbia was subsequently added to the Council’s National Safety Council territory. Soon afterward in April of 2004, Delaware was embraced as another territory. In June of the same year the corporate name was changed to the Chesapeake Region Safety Council. In June 2017 the State of Virginia was added to the Council’s National Safety Council territory.
In June 2007 the Council participated, as a consortium partner, in applying to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to become an OSHA Training Institute (OTI) Education Center. The application was accepted, and the Council became an OSHA-Authorized OTI Education Center and a partner in the Mid Atlantic OTI Education Center delivering OSHA Numbered Courses in OSHA Region 3 (Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia and Washington, DC). In June 2012 to present, the Council became the Lead Partner of the Mid Atlantic OTI Education Center. Since fiscal year (FY) 2018, the Mid Atlantic OTI Education Center has been a top performing Education Center in the U.S.A.