OSHA, Georgetown Univ. Bus. School to Form Alliance for Workplace Safety to Open University's 3rd Annual Workplace Safety Summit

April 08, 2003

National Safety Council CEO to Deliver Keynote Address about Workplace Safety Problems to Highlight 2nd Day of Summit

WASHINGTON, DC - April 8, 2003 - The head of OSHA and the Dean of Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business will form an alliance for workplace safety to open the annual 2-day Workplace Safety Summit at the School's Center for Business and Public Policy on Thursday, April 10, at 1pm. National Safety Council President and CEO Alan McMillan will deliver the keynote address about workplace safety problems to highlight the 2nd day of the summit on Friday, April 11, at 1:15pm. The Summit is the only event of its kind that brings together high-level academics, business executives, government leaders, labor union activists, nonprofit representatives, and opinion leaders to work on the nation's workplace safety problems, its causes, and possible solutions. Workplace safety incidents in the U.S. cause nearly 6,000 deaths, 6 million injuries and illnesses, and cost U.S. businesses and taxpayers over $170 billion annually in lost productivity and higher worker compensation, health care and insurance costs. The goals of this year's Summit are to elevate safety as a priority of business, and to advance the understanding that safety results from programmatic attention ("safety is not an accident").

WHAT: Annual Workplace Safety Summit by Georgetown Univ. Ctr. for Bus. & Public Policy


* Keynote speaker: Alan McMillan, Pres./CEO, National Safety Council
* John Henshaw, Assistant Secretary of Labor - OSHA
* Dr. John Howard, Dir., National Inst. for Occupational Safety & Health
* Dr. John Mayo, Dean, McDonough School of Business and Exec. Dir., Ctr. for Business & Public Policy, Georgetown Univ.
* Dr. Lamar Reinsch, Dir., Ctr. for Bus. & Public Policy, Georgetown Univ.
* Dr. David Weil, Visiting Scholar, JFK School of Gov't, Harvard Univ.
* James E. Swartz, Dir. of Corporate Safety, Delta Airlines
* Ellen Kullman, Group Vice President, DuPont
* Joe Fowler, Exec. Dir., Laborers' Health & Safety Fund of N.A.
* Bruce Phillips, Sr. Fellow Regulatory Studies, NFIB Research Foundation
* Cliff Meidl, 2-time Olympian flatwater kayaker/survived workplace electrocution accident

WHEN: Thursday, April 10: 1:00pm-5:00pm EST
Opening Ceremony, 1:00pm-OSHA and Georgetown University Center for Bus. & Public Policy Form Alliance for Workplace Safety

Friday, April 11: 9:00am-2:30pm EST
Keynote Speech, 1:15pm-1:45pm-Alan McMillan, CEO/Pres., Nat. Safety Council

WHERE: Georgetown Univ. Conf. Ctr., 3800 Reservoir Road, NW, Wash., DC (202) 687-3252

Background: The establishment of Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business Ctr. for Business and Public Policy is a direct outcome of the School's first workplace safety summit in 2001, when over 100 stakeholders gathered to discuss workplace safety issues and ways to make worker safety a national priority. The aim of this year's summit is for stakeholders to identify specific goals for developing and advancing a national workplace safety agenda.