Abbott - Alliance Agreement - September 10, 2003


The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Abbott Laboratories recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to advance safer and more healthful American workplaces. OSHA and Abbott Laboratories hereby agree to form an Alliance to use the groups' collective knowledge and work with stakeholders to develop information and increase access to training resources in order to help improve the safety and health of employees in the healthcare industry.

OSHA and Abbott Laboratories will work together to achieve the following training and education goals:

  • Partner with business schools to develop and integrate safety and health presentations and business case study materials into MBA level executive education seminars.
  • Develop and incorporate materials into business school curricula that communicate the business value and competitive advantages associated with the implementation of comprehensive safety and health programs in the workplace.

OSHA and Abbott Laboratories will work together to achieve the following outreach and communication goal:

  • Speak, exhibit, or appear at conferences, local meetings, or other events such as OSHA's outreach events.

OSHA and Abbott Laboratories will work together to achieve the following goals related to promoting the national dialogue on workplace safety and health:

  • Convene or participate in forums, round table discussions, or stakeholder meetings on safety and health issues in the healthcare industry to help forge innovative solutions to hazards in the workplace.
  • Work with stakeholders in the nursing home community to develop practical programs and processes for reducing injuries and illnesses.
  • Work with other Alliance participants on specific issues and projects related to safety and health business case studies that are addressed and developed through the Alliance Program.

OSHA's Alliances provide parties an opportunity to participate in a voluntary cooperative relationship with OSHA for purposes such as training and education, outreach and communication and promoting a national dialogue on workplace safety and health. These Alliances have proved to be valuable tools for both OSHA and its Alliance participants. By entering into an Alliance with a party, OSHA is not endorsing any of that party's products or services; nor does the Agency enter into an Alliance with the purpose of promoting a particular party's products or services.

An implementation team made up of representatives of both organizations will meet to develop a plan of action, determine working procedures, and identify the roles and responsibilities of the participants. In addition, they will meet at least quarterly to track and share information on activities and results in achieving the goals of the Alliance. Team members will include representatives of OSHA's Directorate of Cooperative and State Programs and any other appropriate offices and the Region V Administrator and other appropriate Region V Area Directors. OSHA will encourage State Plan States' and OSHA Consultation Projects' participation on the team.

This agreement will remain in effect for two years. Either signatory may terminate it for any reason at any time, provided they give 30 days written notice. This agreement may be modified at any time with the concurrence of both signatories.

John Henshaw
Assistant Secretary
Occupational Safety and Health Administration

Robert D. Morrison
Divisional Vice-President
Corporate Environment, Health, Safety & Energy
Abbott Laboratories