NIOSH and Williams College of Business at Xavier Partner to Advance Job Safety

October 6, 2008

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and the Williams College of

Business of Xavier University, Cincinnati, Ohio, are partnering under a new Memorandum of

Understanding to advance the “business case” for the pivotal role that occupational safety and health

consideration plays in corporate strategy and planning.

NIOSH and the Williams College of Business will seek opportunities for “developing an improved

understanding of the return on investment in occupational safety and health relating productivity to

healthy workers,” the agreement stated. The Memorandum of Understanding was signed Aug. 8,

2008.

“We are pleased to join with our neighbor and partner in Cincinnati, the Williams College of Business

at Xavier University,” said NIOSH Acting Director Christine M. Branche, Ph.D. “This is a

wonderful opportunity for reaching business leaders, notably America’s emerging generation of new

executives and entrepreneurs, with the message that a safe and healthy workplace is a golden asset

for a company in today’s increasingly competitive marketplace.”

“Corporate Social Responsibility is an important aspect of our mission,” said Dr. Raghu Tadepalli,

Dean of the Graduate School of Business at Xavier. “By partnering with NIOSH, we want to raise

the level of awareness in organizations about Health & Safety. Our goal is to train students to view

Health & Safety as business investments and to demonstrate the return on investment on them.”

Through the Memorandum of Understanding, NIOSH and Xavier, in partnership with the National

Safety Council, are developing a course for MBA students on the “Business Value of Safety and

Health,” which is scheduled to be offered in spring 2009. This course will address how business can

use occupational safety and health improvements and initiatives for long-term planning, operations

management, and other decision-making.

In collaboration with The National Safety Council, the integration of the Robert W. Campbell Award

for Safety/Health and Environment Business Case Studies into the class will be utilized. These are

real-world cases from multiple industries that have capitalized on the incorporation of occupational

safety & health into their respective business models with outstanding results. The National Safety

Council also is linking Xavier and NIOSH with other MBA programs with whom the council has

been working in developing business case studies.

NIOSH is the federal agency that conducts research and makes recommendations for preventing

work-related injuries and illnesses. It was established under the Occupational Safety and Health Act

of 1970 and has research laboratories in Cincinnati, Ohio; Morgantown, W.Va.; Pittsburgh, Pa.; and

Spokane, Wash., as well as offices in Washington, D.C.; Atlanta, Ga.; Anchorage, Alaska; Denver,

Colo.; and Boston, Mass. Further information about NIOSH’s research and partnerships can be

found at

www.cdc.gov/niosh .