Reducing the $170 billion cost of workplace injuries in the U.S. will be the focus of efforts by top business, government and labor leaders at the second annual Workplace Safety Summit in Washington, D.C., on April 11-12.
Ellen Kullman, the leader of DuPont's efforts in the area of safety, security and protection, will open the summit by urging business, government and labor leaders to help the economy by collaborating on solutions for the high cost of workplace injuries.
"The complex issues of workplace safety require that we join together with research, information, teaching and science to create safe workplaces," said Kullman, group vice president - DuPont Safety and Protection. "Collaborative events like this summit will help drive solutions forward at a faster and more productive pace. The best minds in business, government and academia are needed to identify risks and create practical solutions to protect workers and improve business productivity and operations in diverse industries."
The Summit is sponsored by the recently established Center for Business and Public Policy at Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business. In addition to DuPont, this year's sponsors include the American Red Cross, the American Trucking Associations and Delta.
The Summit is one of the activities of the Center for Business and Public Policy. The center's mission also includes providing a clearinghouse of safety information, including Web-based resources; hosting seminars and conferences on workplace safety; developing a graduate-level MBA course and an executive education program on workplace safety, as well as working groups on other business policy and ethics topics.
The director of the Center is John W. Mayo, Ph.D., professor at the McDonough School of Business with expertise in industrial organization, regulation and antitrust, and the application of microeconomics to public policy. He was chief economist, U.S. Senate Small Business Committee, and has been an advisor and consultant to many government and private industry entities.
The Center for Business and Public Policy was formed as a result of interest following the first Workplace Safety Summit held in March 2001 at Georgetown University. Participants at the 2002 summit plan to expand upon the work of last year's national leadership group to make workplace health and safety a high priority and to encourage greater public awareness, policy development, research and information dissemination.
DuPont Safety Resources (DSR) is a founder and key sponsor of both the Center for Business and Public Policy and the Workplace Safety Summits. Last year's Summit was also sponsored by the American Red Cross, the Calvert Group, the FIGHT Project, the National Safety Council and Georgetown Business Ethics Institute.
edited by Sandy Smith ([email protected])