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I. Alliance Background

Date Signed

September 10, 2003

Evaluation Period

September 10, 2003 - September 9, 2004

Overview

The OSHA-Abbott Laboratories Alliance addresses developing information and increasing access to training resources in order to help improve the safety and health of employees in the healthcare industry. The Alliance focuses on a number of areas including, working with business schools to develop and integrate safety and health presentations and case studies into MBA level executive education seminars.

Implementation Team Members

 
OSHA:  
Mike Connors
Howie Eberts
Lee Anne Jillings
Elizabeth Sherfy
Region V
Region V
Office of Outreach Services and Alliances (OOSA)
OOSA*
   
Abbot Laboratories  
Jim Murphy Director, Global Crisis Management and Business Continuity Planning

*Elizabeth Sherfy is the Alliance Implementation Team Coordinator

II. Implementation Team Meetings

Joint meeting with the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) and the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA):

  • October 6, 2003 Conference call

III. Results

  1. Events and Products

    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.

        Center for Business and Public Policy (CBPP) of the McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University

        OSHA and Abbott Laboratories are working with another Alliance Program participant, the CBPP of the McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University, to develop case studies to be incorporated into business school curricula to communicate the business value and competitive advantage of an effective safety and health program.
    • 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.

        Occupational Safety and Health Case Studies

        OSHA, Abbott Laboratories and CBPP prepared case studies dealing with ergonomics, auto parts manufacturing general safety and health, offshore manufacturing plants, exposure limits, stadium construction, and fleet safety to communicate the business value and competitive advantage of an effective safety and health program. OSHA plans to post the case studies on the OSHA-Abbott Laboratories Alliance Web page for use by the general public and announce their availability to business schools and other institutions involved in workplace safety and health training.
    Outreach and Communication Goals

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

      Events

      Speaking


      Representatives from the OSHA-Abbott Laboratories Alliance spoke at the following events:

        OSHA 2004 Compliance Assistance Training Sessions

        Mike Connors, the Regional Administrator for OSHA's Region V in Chicago, IL, and Jim Murphy, the Director of Global Crisis Management and Business Continuity Planning at Abbott Laboratories, Abbott Park, IL, spoke on "The Business Case for Safety - Adding Value and Competitive Edge" at the at OSHA Compliance Assistance Training Sessions, June 14-18, 2004, in Falls Church, Virginia.

        54th Annual Illinois Health Care Association (IHCA) Convention and Trade Show

        Representatives from the OSHA and Abbott Laboratories Alliance made the following presentations at the 54th Annual Illinois Health Care Association (IHCA) Convention and Trade Show, which was held September 15-17-2003, in Springfield, Illinois.

        - September 16, 2003: "How To Establish A Zero Lift Policy That Works," Kim Kohls, Nursing Home Administrator, Countryside Care Center updated the attendees on examples of how nursing homes have implemented 0-Lift programs quickly and at a relatively low cost.

        - September 16, 2003: "OSHA Update," Bob Leonard, Industrial Hygienist, Region V, USDOL-OSHA, updated the attendees on the particular items that OSHA is focusing on when inspecting nursing homes and the latest updates to OSHA's standards that affect nursing homes.

        - September 16, 2003: "Illinois Nursing Home Initiative," Mike Connors, Region V Regional Administrator, USDOL-OSHA, made a presentation to IHCA regarding safety for healthcare workers.
      Products

      Motor Vehicle Safety Safety and Health Topics Page


      The following representative from Abbott Laboratories serves on the editorial board of the Motor Vehicle Safety Safety and Health Topics Page:

      • Joe McKillips, Manager of Global Fleet Safety
      OSHA-Abbott Laboratories Alliance Webpage

      The OSHA-Abbott Laboratories Alliance Webpage features information on the products and activities of the Alliance and includes links to related documents, activities and events and milestones and successes. For information on the number of visits to the OSHA-Abbott Laboratories Alliance Webpage, please see the Alliance Program Reach table on page 5.

      Print and Electronic Media

      Articles on the OSHA-Abbott Laboratories Alliance have appeared in a number of printed and online publications, including: CBS.MarketWatch.com, The News Sun (Waukegan, IL), Insideishn.com, OSHA's Press Releases, Quick Takes and Alliance Quarterly Review. Abbott Laboratories also featured the Alliance Program in its report, Abbott Laboratories - Touching Lives - 2003 Global Report. OSHA estimates that more than one million individuals were reached through the publications. For more information on the articles, please see the Alliance Program Reach table on page 5.
    Promoting the National Dialogue on Workplace Safety and Health Goals

    • 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.

      • No products or resources have been developed to meet this Alliance goal.
    • Work with stakeholders in the nursing home community to develop practical programs and processes for reducing injuries and illnesses.

        Illinois Nursing Home Summit Follow-Up

        On August 20, 2003, Kim Kohls, Nursing Home Administrator, Countryside Care Center updated 20 nursing home industry attendees on examples of how nursing homes have implemented "0-Lift" programs quickly and at a relatively low cost at the Illinois Nursing Home Summit Follow-Up, Des Plaines, Illinois.
    • 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.
      • No products or resources have been developed to meet this Alliance goal.
  2. Executive Summary

    Through the Alliance Program, OSHA and Abbott Laboratories are working together to improve the safety and health of employees in the healthcare industry, and develop and integrate safety and health presentations and case studies into MBA level executive education seminars.

    The OSHA-Abbott Laboratories Alliance reached out to members of the nursing home community through presentations at the 54th Annual Illinois Health Care Association (IHCA) Convention and Trade Show, September 15-17, 2003, Springfield, IL. Alliance implementation team members discussed workplace safety and health and the value of a "0-lift" policy. Members of the Alliance implementation team also made similar presentations at the Illinois Nursing Home Summit Follow-Up on August 20, 2003, in Des Plaines, Illinois.

    Additionally, the Alliance teamed with CBPP, another Alliance Program participant, to develop case studies for business school curricula to communicate the business value and competitive advantage of an effective safety and health program. Together the group developed case studies that cover a number of issues including ergonomics, construction, general safety and health, fleet safety and occupational exposure limits.

    Members of the OSHA-Abbott Alliance made a presentation entitled "The Business Case for Safety - Adding Value and Competitive Edge" on the case studies at the 2004 OSHA Compliance Assistance Training Sessions, which were held June 14-18, 2004, in Falls Church, Virginia. In addition, the Alliance implementation team explored opportunities to make a presentation on the case studies as part of a workplace safety and health seminar series sponsored by the CBPP.

    Information about the Alliance is available on the OSHA Website with links to related documents, activities and events, and milestones and successes on the OSHA-Abbott Laboratories Webpage. In addition, a representative from Abbott Laboratories serves as a member of the editorial board of OSHA's Safety and Health Topics page for Motor Vehicle Safety.

  3. Alliance Program Reach
Type of Activity (Conference, Training, Print and Electronic Distribution, etc.) Number of Individuals Reached or Trained
OSHA Compliance Assistance Training Sessions, June 14-18, 2004, in Falls Church, VA
  • Presentation on June 16, 2004, by Mike Connors, the Regional Administrator for OSHA's Region V in Chicago, IL, and Jim Murphy, the Director of Global Crisis Management and Business Continuity Planning at Abbott Laboratories, Abbott Park, IL, on "The Business Case for Safety - Adding Value and Competitive Edge."
80
54th Annual Illinois Health Care Association Convention and Trade Show, September 15-17, 2003, in Springfield, IL.
  • "OSHA Update" on September 16, 2003, by Bob Leonard, Industry Hygienist, Region V.
50
54th Annual Illinois Health Care Association Convention and Trade Show, September 15-17, 2003, in Springfield, IL.
  • Presentation on September 16, 2003, by Kim Kohls, Nursing Home Administrator, Countryside Care Center on "How To Establish A Zero Lift Policy That Works."
50
54th Annual Illinois Health Care Association Convention and Trade Show, September 15-17, 2003, in Springfield, IL.
  • Presentation on September 16, 2003, by Mike Connors, Regional Administrator for Region V in Chicago, IL, on "Illinois Nursing Home Initiative."
50
Illinois Nursing Home Summit Follow-Up, on August 20, 2003, in Des Plaines, IL
  • Presentation by Kim Kohls, Nursing Home Administrator, Countryside Care Center on "How To Establish A Zero Lift Policy That Works."
60
OSHA-Abbott Laboratories Alliance Webpage on the OSHA Website 4,649
Motor Vehicle Safety Safety and Health Topics page 3,600
September 10, 2003 - OSHA distributed a press release announcing the Alliance signing 25 News Services
September 10, 2003 - Abbott Laboratories distributed a news release announcing the Alliance signing Data Not Available
September 10, 2003 - "Abbott Laboratories and the Occupational Health and Safety Administration Announce Alliance," CBS.MarketWatch.com 1,000,000
September 12, 2003 - "Abbott to work with OSHA on safety in health-care industry," The News Sun (Waukegan, IL). 25,000
September 15, 2003 - "OSHA Welcomes Newest Alliance Program Participants," QuickTakes 50,000
September 19, 2003 - "OSHA and Abbott Labs Team Up for Healthcare Safety," insideishn.com (http://www.insideishn.com) Data Not Available
December 2003 - "Alliance Develops Graduate-Level Case Studies," Alliance Quarterly Review Data Not Available
June 2004 - "An OSHA-Abbott Alliance to Improve Employee Safety" Abbott Laboratories - Touching Lives - 2003 Global Report Data Not Available
TOTAL 1,083,329

IV. Upcoming Milestones

In the upcoming year, the OSHA-Abbott Alliance will continue to reach out to employees in the healthcare industry about occupational safety and health issues. The Agency also will identify national and regional conferences and events where Alliance representatives can speak about innovative solutions to hazards in the workplace. It also will identify opportunities to work with stakeholders in the nursing home community to develop practical programs and processes for reducing injuries and illnesses.

Representatives from the Alliance will promote and publicize the safety and health case studies it developed for MBA level executive education seminars. OSHA will post the case studies on the OSHA-Abbott Laboratories Alliance Website. It will publicize the case studies' availability through press releases and articles in the Alliance Quarterly Review and other publications, and through speaking opportunities. The Alliance is exploring the possibility of making a presentation on the case studies as part of a safety and health seminar series hosted by CBPP.

In addition, the OSHA-Abbott Laboratories Alliance has agreed to explore opportunities to update and develop additional safety and health compliance assistance resources such as OSHA's eTools and Safety and Health Topics pages.
 
The week of September 19, 2005, Jim Murphy and Mike Connors have agreed to present "The Business Case for Safety - Adding Value and Competitive Edge." at the World Safety Congress in Orlando, Florida.


Report prepared by: Elizabeth Sherfy, Alliance Coordinator, Office of Outreach Services and Alliances, February 11, 2005.