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Trade News Release
November 15, 2005
Contact: Bill Wright
Phone: (202) 693-1999
Focus remains on increasing safety and health training resources for the health care industry
WASHINGTON -- Workers in the health care industry are the continued focus of a renewed Alliance between the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Abbott, the agency announced today.
Acting Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA Jonathan L. Snare signed a two-year renewal for Abbott's Alliance that will continue to address ergonomics, emergency preparedness, and safety and health management systems in the workplace.
"Our Alliance with Abbott has helped increase the awareness of how safety and health impacts health care management issues," Snare said. "The continuation of our collaborative efforts is important as we work to increase access to training resources that will advance the safety and health of employees throughout the industry. We are delighted that Abbott wants to continue working with us."
"Abbott is proud to renew our alliance with OSHA," added Robert D. Morrison, divisional vice president, Global Environmental, Health, Safety & Energy (GEHS&E), Abbott. "The renewal of this alliance demonstrates our continued commitment to the safety of our employees, customers and the communities in which we operate."
OSHA and Abbott, in concert with Georgetown University's Center for Business and Public Policy -- another Alliance program participant -- have developed case studies for business school curricula to communicate the business value and competitive advantage of an effective safety and health program. Additionally, OSHA and Abbott teams are exploring opportunities to integrate these case studies into MBA-level executive education seminars. Implementation team members have also delivered presentations at the 54th Annual Illinois Health Care Association Convention and Trade Show in Springfield, Ill.; OSHA's 2004 Compliance Assistance Training Sessions; and the Illinois Nursing Home Summit follow-up in Des Plaines Ill.
OSHA and Abbott will continue to identify opportunities to work with stakeholders in the nursing home community to develop practical programs and processes for reducing injuries and illnesses. The renewal also calls for a continued focus on developing case studies that illustrates the business value of safety and health. Those materials will be developed for inclusion in business school curricula. The OSHA-Abbott Alliance will include exploring opportunities to update and develop several safety and health compliance assistance resources, such as OSHA's eTools and Safety and Health Topics pages.
Abbott is a global, broad-based health care company devoted to the discovery, development, manufacture and marketing of pharmaceuticals, nutritionals and medical products, including devices and diagnostics. The company employs 60,000 people and markets its products in more than 130 countries. Abbott's news releases and other information are available on the company's Web site at www.abbott.com.
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 improvement in workplace safety and health. For more information, visit www.osha.gov.
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