Good Business The Top Benefit of Successful Workplace Safety and Health Programs
workplace safety and health practices are good business -- that's the
emphasis of a new series of case studies that are a product of OSHA's
Alliance with Abbott.
Alliance, signed in 2003, OSHA and Abbott worked with the Georgetown
University McDonough School of Business to develop case studies that
communicate the business value and competitive advantages of an
effective safety and health program that can be incorporated into
business school and executive education curricula.
studies offer useful information and demonstrate the correlation
between safety and health excellence and business excellence," said
Jonathan L. Snare, acting assistant secretary of Labor for OSHA. "They
provide practical examples of how this correlation can protect worker
safety and health, improve employee moral, and increase quality,
efficiency and profitability."
studies focus on a variety of industries and safety and health issues.
One case study describes how Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island was
able to reduce musculoskeletal disorders (MSD) related workers'
compensation cases with lost workdays by implementing a new ergonomics
program and increasing workstation evaluations.
A second case
study discusses the reduced injury rates and workers compensation
claims experienced at two nursing home facilities that implemented
study demonstrates the economic benefits of a safety and health program
by comparing the construction of two professional athletic stadiums --
one which opened a year late and ran more than $90 million over budget
and another which was built in two and a half years and realized a net
program savings estimated at $4.6 million through reduced workers'
compensation and general liability costs due to a low injury and
the case studies focus on Abbott operations, including general safety
and health in manufacturing plants, fleet safety, ergonomics and
occupational exposure limits.
with Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business, one of our
country's most respected business schools, we are finding new ways to
reach all levels of the business community -- from MBA students to
senior-level executives -- to help them understand the value of safety
program excellence and the benefits brought to their businesses, their
employees and their communities," said Jim Murphy, director, Global
Crisis Management and Business Continuity Planning with Abbott.
The case studies are available on OSHA's Alliance Program Web site: http://www.osha.gov/dcsp/alliances/index.html
and are available for use in business and other training curricula that
address management skills and occupational safety and health issues.
responsible for providing a safe and healthful workplace for their
employees. OSHA's role is to assure the safety and health of America's
workers by setting and enforcing standards; providing training,
outreach, and education; establishing partnerships; and encouraging
continual process improvement in workplace safety and health.
For more information visit www.osha.gov/dcsp/compliance_assistance/success_stories.html#Studies, www.osha.gov/dcsp/alliances/abbott/abbott.html, www.osha.gov.