Trade News Release
January 13, 2006
Contact: Frank Meilinger
Phone: (202) 693-1999
OSHA Forms Alliance with Center for Business and Public Policy, McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University
WASHINGTON -- The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Center for Business and Public Policy (CBPP) at Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business, today formed an Alliance to focus on issues that are important to general industry and small business, such as the economic value of safety and health programs.
"Education is one of the cornerstones of safety and health," said Jonathan L. Snare, Acting Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA. "This Alliance offers a unique opportunity to work directly with the business leaders of tomorrow and establish a foundation of knowledge on the value of effective safety and health programs."
"Our Alliance will promote both OSHA's interest in assuring a healthy and safe workplace, as well as the Center's interests in understanding the business and economic drivers behind a safe and healthy workplace," added John W. Mayo, Executive Director, Center for Business and Public Policy, McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University. "This partnership of academic and government resources will create new insights and improve policymaking beyond what either of us could do alone."
The Alliance signing took place today during CBPP's safety and health symposium, "Engaging Tomorrow's Leaders in Safety and Health: The Case Study Approach." Acting Assistant Secretary Snare also made a presentation during the symposium on the OSHA and CBPP Alliance.
Through the Alliance, OSHA and CBPP will work to deliver workplace safety and health courses as part of the business school curriculum through Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business course "Contemporary Safety/Health Issues for Business" course, and others.
The Alliance members will also work to provide businesses and safety professionals with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help protect employees' health and safety, with particular focus on issues significant to general industry and small businesses. The organizations will develop and disseminate best practices and case studies that illustrate the business value of occupational safety and health, and participate in forums and other meetings to help establish innovative solutions in the workplace.
A team of OSHA and CBPP representatives will meet at least three times a year to develop an action plan, identify potential project and activities, and establish the roles and responsibilities of the participants. OSHA will also encourage state plan states and consultation projects to participate in the Alliance.
Employers are 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.
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