Magazine article Occupational Hazards

Glaxo Wellcome Wins Safety Award

Magazine article Occupational Hazards

Glaxo Wellcome Wins Safety Award

Article excerpt

The corporate health and safety program of pharmaceutical manufacturer Glaxo Wellcome Inc. earned the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine's (ACOEM) 1999 Corporate Health Achievement Award. The award was presented in New Orleans during ACOEM's annual conference in April.

Specialists in occupational medicine selected Glaxo Wellcome's health and safety programs as paragons of practice, based on documentation and an on-site visit. These included:

* Its comprehensive employee health evaluation, starting with preplacement exams and augmented by regular and as-needed medical evaluations and preventive screenings.

* Its Contract for Health and Wellness (CHW) program, which encourages and rewards employees who adopt and maintain healthful behaviors. More than half of the firm's 8,600 employees participate in CHW. In 1997, the program reduced health costs by $1 million.

* Collaborative treatment of nonoccupational injuries and illnesses through on-site emergency clinics open to visitors, contract workers and employees; 24-hour on-call coverage; services to minimize time from work for health-related issues; arrangements with a local HMO to recover services provided through internal clinics to avoid double payment for prepaid care; and effective medical information exchanges between the HMO and personal physicians. …

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