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For Immediate Release: Contact: Doris Konicki
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Marianne Dreger
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Union Pacific Railroad awarded best corporate health program

ATLANTA, May 7, 2003—The American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) selected Union Pacific Railroad of Omaha, Nebraska, as a recipient of the 2003 Corporate Health Achievement Award. Union Pacific Railroad was selected based on its exemplary programs for its 47,000 employees and the communities it serves.

Union Pacific Railroad becomes the first railroad to receive this prestigious award. The Award was presented today during ACOEM’s annual American Occupational Health Conference in Atlanta, Ga. Marcy Trainer Zauha, Director of Medical Services, accepting the Award on behalf of Union Pacific Railroad, noted that Union Pacific’s goal is to become “the healthiest company in America.”

Union Pacific Railroad has innovative programs that particularly address its largely middle age, male workforce. Model programs include an aggressive and comprehensive rehabilitation assistance program for alcohol- and drug-dependent employees. In its 13 years of existence, this program has a remarkably low recidivism rate of 8-10 percent.

Because of the geographic dispersion of its employees, one of the company’s most effective employee education tools is its live business television channel. Through this medium, Union Pacific Railroad reaches a great number of employees with safety and health education. Company officials credit the business channel for a continuously declining trend in employee injuries. As part of its commitment to the communities it serves, Union Pacific initiated a shippers’ award to recognize shippers who helped prevent non-accident chemical releases, resulting in a 28 percent reduction since 1994.

Union Pacific is unique in that it is strongly committed to research to understand not only the effectiveness of intervention strategies in reducing risk factors, but also employee’s acceptance of various interventions. This focus on research is rare in corporate America, but one that makes sense for a mature workforce.

ACOEM, an international medical specialty society of more than 6,000 occupational and environmental medicine physicians and other allied health professionals, recognizes the best corporate health programs in America through its sponsorship of the CHAA competition. The Award honors and provides national recognition to North American corporations and institutions exhibiting excellence in employee health, safety, and environmental management, and recognizes the finest health programs in America. Competing organizations are judged on their commitment to, and excellence in, creating comprehensive and innovative health and safety programs. Examiners look for measurable results in 23 quality categories covering four areas – healthy people, a healthy environment, a healthy company, and management and leadership. Founded in 1916, ACOEM provides leadership to promote optimal health and safety of workers, workplaces, and environments. The College is headquartered in Arlington Heights, Ill.

GlaxoSmithKline is the co-sponsor of the Corporate Health Achievement Award. GlaxoSmithKline is one of the world’s leading research-based pharmaceutical and health care companies, and is committed to improving the quality of human life by enabling people to do more, feel better, and live longer. The company is headquartered in the United Kingdom with operations based in the U.S.

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