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The American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) represents more than 5,000 physicians and other health care professionals specializing in occupational and environmental medicine. The members of ACOEM are dedicated to promoting the health of workers through preventive medicine, clinical care, research, and education. Founded in 1916, this dynamic medical society encompasses a variety of medical practices united via the College to develop positions and policies on vital issues relevant to the practice of preventive medicine—both within and outside of the workplace. The College is composed of 31 component societies in the United States and Canada.
What is the ACOEM Corporate Health Achievement Award (CHAA)?
The American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine created the Corporate Health Achievement Award to provide national recognition and honor to organizations in North America with exemplary worker health, safety and environmental management programs.
Why was the Award established?
ACOEM established the Corporate Health Achievement Award to reinforce the importance of worker health, safety and environmental management, and to provide model organizations with visibility and validation for their efforts.
For years, employers have been quietly investing in programs to protect and promote the health of their workers. The American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine established this annual award to publicly recognize the achievements of these leaders, and to nationally promote health and safety in the workplace.How are the recipients selected?
A professional team of trained examiners conducts a rigorous review of the applicants’ health, safety, and environmental programs, using the CHAA Checklist and scoring system. This review measures 17 aspects including leadership and management, healthy workers, healthy environment and healthy organization. After each selected Examiner reviews the application, the Examiner Team Leader for each application has a consensus conference to decide a score for each aspect on a 1 – 100 % basis that is used to calculate a point score for each Item. The total possible points for the Award is 1000 (perfect score), but this is considered an excellence goal. A Judge’s Panel reviews the total consensus scores for all applicants, and those with higher scores deemed to indicate the presence of exemplary programs are selected for site visits in order to verify and re-score the application. A repeat Judge’s Panel convenes using this input and makes recommendations to the ACOEM Board of Directors for recipients of that year’s CHAA.
Who is eligible to apply for the Award?
North American organizations, including manufacturing, service, government, for-profit or non-profit may apply. Applicants must employ 500 or more workers. In cases where an applicant is both a manufacturer and a service provider, if 20% or more of gross revenues comes from manufacturing, the organization will be considered a manufacturer.
Does this mean an organization employing ACOEM members can apply?
Yes, any ACOEM member meeting the criteria is eligible to apply. A strict review procedure is in place to avoid potential conflicts of interest by Examiners.
What if my organization won the award in the past, can we apply again?
The winning organizations may not apply for three consecutive years following their award.
What if my organization has not won the award but merges with an organization that has, can we still apply the next year?
No. If two organizations merge and either of them has won the award, then the newly combined organization must not apply again for a period of three years after the award date.
What if I send in the letter of intent to apply, along with my money, and then decide not to send in the application after all?
The money you send in is non-refundable. However, should your organization choose not to apply after you have sent in your letter of intent, you will not be held to apply.
Does a smaller organization have less of a chance to win?
No. The examiners judge the applications in the same way regardless of size.
Can only North American organizations receive the award?
Yes, but this does include North American sub-units of foreign organizations.
May an organization hire a consultant to help prepare answers for the CHAA application?
Yes. Due to the scope of the application, a team approach is practically essential and the use of a consultant may be helpful.
What is the expected time and people resource an organization needs to complete an application?
the years, Examiners have noted that organizations indicate
that significant time and effort is required to produce
a high-quality CHAA application. The amount of time
has varied greatly depending on the availability
of data, familiarity with the CHAA framework, communications
and cooperation from the various disciplines and
departments for development of comprehensive responses,
the project management capabilities of its leaders,
and other organizational factors. However, those
answering this question have said that the process
as a whole has been a very beneficial exercise resulting
a structured self-analysis of their programs and initiatives.
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