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I. Alliance Background

Date Signed

September 10, 2003

Date Renewed

November 15, 2005

Evaluation Period

September 10, 2005 September 9, 2006

Overview

Through the Alliance, OSHA and Abbott are committed to providing the health care industry and others, including small businesses, with information, guidance and access to training resources that will help them protect employees' health and safety. Through the Alliance, the groups are particularly addressing ergonomics, emergency preparedness and the business value of safety and health management system programs in the workplace.

Implementation Team Members

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

II. Implementation Team Meetings

Although the OSHA and Abbott Alliance implementation team had no formal implementation team meetings during the evaluation period, Jim Murphy and Mike Connors were in regular contact to discuss participating in speeches and presentations about the OSHA and Abbott Alliance case studies and related slide presentation, and Alliance Program issues.

III. Results

  1. Events and Products

    Outreach and Communication Goals


    • Work with OSHA to provide expertise in developing information on the recognition and prevention of workplace hazards, and to provide expertise in developing ways of communicating such information (e.g., print and electronic media, electronic assistance tools and OSHA's and Abbott's Web site) to employers and employees in the industry.

      Products

      OSHA and Abbott Alliance Web page on OSHA's Web site


      OSHA maintains an OSHA and Abbott Alliance Web page on the Agency's Web site. The Web page includes links to the OSHA and Abbott Alliance agreement and renewal agreement, news releases, annual reports, and milestones and successes. The OSHA and Abbott Alliance Web page also contains links to the eight case studies and slide presentation developed through the Alliance. During the reporting period, information about Alliance-related speeches were added to the page. For information on the number of visits to the OSHA and Abbott Alliance Webpage, please see the Alliance Program Reach table.

      Motor Vehicle Safety Safety and Health Topics Page

      The following representative from Abbott serves on the editorial board of the OSHA Motor Vehicle Safety Safety and Health Topics Page, providing expertise and technical review:

      • Joe McKillips, Manager of Global Fleet Safety
      Print and Electronic Media

      Articles about the OSHA and Abbott Alliance have appeared in a number of printed and online publications, including: BNA's Occupational Safety and Health Report and the June 2006 Alliance Quarterly Review, OSHA's news releases, QuickTakes and Alliance Quarterly Review. For more information on the articles, please see the Alliance Program Reach table.

    • Speak, exhibit or appear at OSHA's or Abbott's national or local meetings or other events such and health care industry conferences.

      Events

      World Safety Congress, Orlando, Florida, September 20, 2005


      Mike Connors, Regional Administrator, Region V, USDOL-OSHA, presented the "Business Case for Safety: Adding Value and Competitive Advantage" to 200 attendees at the World Safety Congress September 20, 2005 in Orlando, Florida.

      Chicago Joint Safety Days, Chicago, Illinois, September 29, 2005

      Mike Connors, Regional Administrator, Region V, USDOL-OSHA, presented the "Business Case for Safety: Adding Value and Competitive Advantage" to 200 attendees at the Chicago Joint Safety Days event September 29, 2005 in Chicago, Illinois.

      Ohio Manufacturing Association, Columbus, Ohio, October 25, 2005

      Mike Connors, Regional Administrator, Region V, USDOL-OSHA, presented the "Business Case for Safety: Adding Value and Competitive Advantage" to 200 attendees at the Ohio Manufacturing Association October 25, 2005 in Columbus, Ohio.

      Honda Conference, Cincinnati, Ohio, November 3, 2005

      Mike Connors, Regional Administrator, Region V, USDOL-OSHA, presented the "Business Case for Safety: Adding Value and Competitive Advantage" to 200 attendees at the Honda Conference November 3, 2005 in Cincinnati, Ohio.

      Occupational Safety and Health State Plan State Association Winter Meeting, San Diego, California, February 28, 2006

      Mike Connors, Regional Administrator, Region V, USDOL-OSHA, presented the "Business Case for Safety: Adding Value and Competitive Advantage" to 80 attendees at the Occupational Safety and Health State Plan State Association Winter Meeting on February 28, 2006 in San Diego, California.

      The Business of Small Business III: Making the Case for Safety and Health, Washington, DC, April 28, 2006

      Mike Connors, Regional Administrator, Region V, USDOL-OSHA, presented the "Business Case for Safety: Adding Value and Competitive Advantage" to 45 attendees at OSHA's forum, The Business of Small Business III: Making the Case for Safety and Health on April 28, 2006 in Washington, DC.

      Annual On-site Consultation Training Conference, Dallas, Texas, August 9, 2006

      Mike Connors, Regional Administrator, Region V, USDOL-OSHA, presented "The Business Case for Safety A Joint Venture of OSHA, Abbott & Georgetown University" to 225 attendees at the Annual On-site Consultation Training Conference August 9, 2006 in Dallas, Texas.

    • Share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professional regarding Abbott's best practices or effective approaches and publicize results through outreach by Abbott and through OSHA- or Abbott-developed materials, training programs, workshops, seminars and lectures (or any other applicable forum).

      During the evaluation period, no products or resources were developed to meet this Alliance goal.

    • Work with other Alliance participants on specific issues and projects on health care or small business that are addressed and developed through the Alliance Program.

      Events

      Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business's Center for Business and Public Policy's Seminar, "Engaging Tomorrow's Leaders in Safety and Health: The Case Study Approach," Washington, DC, January 13, 2006


      Mike Connors, Regional Administrator, Region V, USDOL-OSHA, and Jim Murphy, Director Crisis Management, Emergency Preparedness and Business Continuity, Abbott, made a presentation, "A Look at the Corporate Academic Partnership: The Abbott Case Studies," to approximately 60 attendees at Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business's Center for Business and Public Policy's seminar, "Engaging Tomorrow's Leaders in Safety and Health: The Case Study Approach," January 13, 2006, in Washington, DC.
    Promoting the National Dialogue on Workplace Safety and Health Goals

    • Develop and disseminate case studies illustrating the business value of safety and health and publicize their results.

      The OSHA and Abbott Alliance Web page on OSHA's Web site features eight case studies developed through the Alliance, which are available to the public. In addition, members of the Alliance implementation team disseminate information about the case studies through numerous speeches and presentations.

    • Convene or participate in forums, round table discussions, or stakeholder meetings on ergonomics, health care or small-business issues to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace or provide input on safety and health issues.

      Events

      Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business's Center for Business and Public Policy's Seminar, "Engaging Tomorrow's Leaders in Safety and Health: The Case Study Approach," Washington, DC, January 13, 2006


      Mike Connors, Regional Administrator, Region V, USDOL-OSHA, and Jim Murphy, Director Crisis Management, Emergency Preparedness and Business Continuity, Abbott, made a presentation, "A Look at the Corporate Academic Partnership: The Abbott Case Studies," to approximately 60 attendees at Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business's Center for Business and Public Policy's seminar, "Engaging Tomorrow's Leaders in Safety and Health: The Case Study Approach," January 13, 2006, in Washington, DC.
  2. Executive Summary

    OSHA and Abbott renewed their Alliance on November 5, 2006. Through the Alliance renewal agreement, OSHA and Abbott are continuing to work together to provide the healthcare industry and others including small businesses, with information, guidance and access to training resources that will help them improve employees' workplace safety and health.

    The OSHA and Abbott Alliance reached out to members of the occupational safety and health community through presentations at a number of conferences and meetings, including the World Safety Congress held September 20, 2005, in Orlando, Florida; Chicago Joint held Safety Days September 29, 2005, in Chicago, Illinois; Ohio Manufacturing Association meeting held October 25, 2005, in Columbus, Ohio; and the Honda Conference held November 3, 2006, in Cincinnati, Ohio.

    Alliance representatives also spoke at Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business's Center for Business and Public Policy's seminar, "Engaging Tomorrow's Leaders in Safety and Health: The Case Study Approach," held January 13, 2006, in Washington, DC. Alliance implementation team members also made presentations at the Occupational Safety and Health State Plan State Association Winter Meeting held February 28, 2006, in San Diego, California, the Business of Small Business III: Making the Case for Safety and Health held April 28, 2006 in Washington, DC; and the Annual On-site Consultation Training Conference held August 9, 2006 in Dallas, Texas.

    Information about the Alliance is available on the OSHA Web site with links to related documents, activities and events, and milestones and successes on the OSHA and Abbott Web page. In addition, a representative from Abbott serves as a member of the editorial board of OSHA's Safety and Health Topics page for Motor Vehicle Safety. Through the speaking opportunities and the online resources, OSHA and Abbott Alliance representatives provide members of the public with information about the Alliance and related compliance assistance tools and resources.

  3. Alliance Program Reach
Type of Activity (Conference, Training, Print and Electronic Distribution, etc.) Number of Individuals Reached or Trained
OSHA and Abbott Alliance Web page on the OSHA Website 4,649
Motor Vehicle Safety and Health Topics page 19,200
September 20, 2005: World Safety Congress, Orlando, Florida
Speaker:
Mike Connors, Regional Administrator, Region V, USDOL-OSHA
200
September 29, 2005: Chicago Joint Safety Days, Chicago, Illinois
Speaker:
Mike Connors, Regional Administrator, Region V, USDOL-OSHA
200
October 25, 2005: Ohio Manufacturing Association, Columbus, Ohio
Speaker:
Mike Connors, Regional Administrator, Region V, USDOL-OSHA
200
November 3, 2005: Honda Conference, Cincinnati, Ohio
Speaker:
Mike Connors, Regional Administrator, Region V, USDOL-OSHA
200
November 15, 2006: "OSHA Renews Alliance with Abbott," OSHA News Release 69 News Services
December 2005, "National Alliances Update," QuickTakes 50,000
January 13, 2006: Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business's Center for Business and Public Policy's seminar, "Engaging Tomorrow's Leaders in Safety and Health: The Case Study Approach, Washington, DC
Speakers:
Mike Connors, Regional Administrator, Region V, USDOL-OSHA
Jim Murphy, Director Crisis Management, Emergency Preparedness and Business Continuity, Abbott
60
January 19, 2006: "Georgetown, OSHA Promote Case Studies to Advance Safety, Health Business Value," BNA Occupational Safety and Health Reporter Data Not Available
February 28, 2006: Occupational Safety and Health State Plan State Association Winter Meeting, San Diego, California
Speaker:
Mike Connors, Regional Administrator, Region V, OSHA
80
April 28, 2006: The Business of Small Business III: Making the Case for Safety and Health, Washington, DC
Speaker:
Mike Connors, Regional Administrator, Region V, OSHA
45
June 2006: "Agency makes the case for small business safety and health programs," Alliance Quarterly Review 350
August 9, 2006: Annual On-site Consultation Training Conference, Dallas, Texas
Speaker:
Mike Connors, Regional Administrator, Region V, OSHA
225
TOTAL 75,409

IV. Upcoming Milestones

In the upcoming year, the OSHA and Abbott Alliance will continue to reach out to employees in the healthcare industry about occupational safety and health issues. Representatives from the Alliance will promote and publicize the safety and health case studies and slide presentation it developed for business schools and safety and health professionals. OSHA and Abbott representatives will identify forums where they can make presentations about how the case studies are effective tools for illustrating the business value of safety and health programs.

The OSHA and Abbott Alliance has also agreed to develop additional case studies. For example, the Alliance plans to develop a case study with input from OSHA's Foundry Ergonomics Strategic Partnership, which includes six foundries in OSHA's Region V's Area Office in Appleton, Wisconsin, labor unions and the Wisconsin Health On-Site Consultation Program. The foundries are members of the American Foundry Society, an Alliance Program participant. The case study will highlight the foundries' substantial reductions in workplace injury and illness rates and increased awareness of ergonomics risks associated with foundry processes among employees and management. The foundries involved have also experienced significant savings from increased productivity and reduced workers' compensation costs.

OSHA and Abbott will continue to update the Alliance's Web page on OSHA's Web site. Abbott representatives will also continue to serve on OSHA's Motor Vehicle Safety and Health Topics page.

Report prepared by: Elizabeth Sherfy, Alliance Coordinator, Office of Outreach Services and Alliances, September 15, 2006.