Delaware Safety Council History
Founded in 1919 by DuPont Company President Irénée du Pont, the Delaware Safety Council was created with the mission of providing safety training and resources to industry and later expanded its focus to include public and school safety.
During the first part of the 20th century, the Delaware Safety Council was instrumental in the creation of many systems, laws and protocols that improved roadway safety in Delaware. In 1929, the Council conducted a traffic survey and analysis that resulted in improved highway engineering enforcement and education while in 1930, a vehicle inspection program designed to increase standards of vehicle maintenance was inaugurated with the guidance of the Council. In the 1980s, the Council focused on promoting the use of seat belts, working heavily with lawmakers and other organizations to pass the child safety restraint law and other seat belt-related legislation.
The Delaware Safety Council was also heavily involved in the improvement of school safety. In cooperation with the State Department of Public Instruction, the State Highway Department and the Delaware State Police, the Delaware Safety Council established the current formal Driver Education course for all public schools in 1935, later expanding it to include private and parochial schools in 1957. The Council also assisted in the instruction of the statewide School Bus Driver Training program and the development and distribution of the School Safety Patrol program, which still remains active today.
In later years, the Delaware Safety Council expanded as an organization and began to offer its own educational safety courses and programs. In 1967, the widely-popular Defensive Driving program was implemented with an online version later created in 2004. In 1976, the State of Delaware designated the Council as the agency to provide DUI education for first-time DUI violators and in 1989, the Council began providing DUI education as a supplement to the statewide Driver Education program. Around the turn of the century, the Delaware Safety Council began to expand its course offerings, creating a boating safety course in 1995 and, with the signing of an agreement with OSHA, began offering occupational safety training in 2005. Courses focusing on health and wellness-related courses were also implemented, including First Aid certification training, CPR certification training and a Babysitting course.