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TRADE NEWS RELEASE
Thursday, April 10, 2003
OSHA Contact: Bill Wright (202)693-1999
Georgetown Contact: Jessica Botta (202)687-4080
Aligns with OSHA to Promote Worker Safety and Health
WASHINGTON -- Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health John Henshaw and John W. Mayo, Dean of Georgetown University McDonough School of Business and Executive Director of the Center for Business and Public Policy (CBPP) today signed an Alliance joining the two organizations in an effort to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. The Alliance was signed during the opening ceremonies of the Center's 3rd Annual Workplace Safety Summit at the University.
"This is our first Alliance with the educational community," Henshaw said, "and it helps demonstrate the significance placed on workplace safety and health, and the need to have educational institutions deliver the critical message about the value of safety and health issues throughout our society. The relationship we're establishing today with Georgetown University gives us a tremendous opportunity to collaborate with scholars and business leaders to articulate and promote the value of workplace safety and health issues, but also further an educational process for the field."
"The promise of the Alliance with OSHA is to educate current and future business leaders on the significance of workplace health and safety on the economic and ethical well-being of organizations," added Mayo. "Our belief is that there are real linkages between the economic performance of companies and the pursuit of basic social welfare matters that can make safety a dominant economic strategy."
The focus of the Alliance with Georgetown University centers on training and education. Specifically, OSHA and CBPP will work cooperatively to continue an active dialogue on safety and health issues by supporting the Center's annual Workplace Safety Summit. Both organizations will participate in the ongoing Industry, Policy, and Safety Seminar Series that brings together scholars, business leaders and policy makers to discuss workplace safety and health research, while investigating the economic and ethical dimensions of workplace safety and health.
OSHA and CBPP have also agreed to encourage the advancement of workplace safety and health as a topic for education in business schools' curricula, and will also explore opportunities to devise executive education courses and publications for the current executive workforce on the business value that workplace safety and health brings.
Rounding out the Alliance is the agreement to participate in working group meetings that explore workplace safety and health and other policy issues, as well as sharing information that will be disseminated on both organizations' respective websites. Finally, representatives from OSHA and CBPP will use every opportunity to participate in conferences, local meetings or other events to help communicate the importance of sound workplace safety and health.
The Center for Business and Public Policy is part of Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business and provides a forum for policy makers, business people and scholars to discuss key business, economic and ethical policy issues confronting American and international businesses.
OSHA is dedicated to assuring worker safety and health. Safety and health add value to business, the workplace and life. For more information, visit www.osha.gov.
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