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HAIs Discussed by Industry Experts at HealthLeaders Roundtable

June 24, 2014 - Posted by Bill Grana

HealthLeaders recently organized a Roundtable on a topic of ever-growing importance and concern – Healthcare Acquired Infections (HAIs). I participated in the HAI discussion alongside four other healthcare industry leaders. The issue directly affects patient care, dynamics, and bottom line performance. To create a thriving organization, as I have previously discussed, a connection between employee responsibility and the responsibility of the employer needs to be made. In the case of HAIs, we have boiled this idea down to three dynamics: culture, leadership, and organizational commitment. Though, it’s important to realize, the success and sustainability of the characteristics depends heavily on systems. Systems and supporting processes ensure an effective and efficient workplace when coupled with those high-level dimensions.

The other industry leaders who participated in the discussion included:

  • Marilyn Dubree- Executive Chief Nursing Officer
  • Gerald Hickson- Senior Vice President for Quality, Patient Safety & Risk Prevention
  • William Maples- Senior Vice President & Chief Quality Officer
  • Steve Seeley- Vice President, Chief Operating Officer & Chief Nursing Officer 
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A salute to nurses, UL celebrates Occupational Health Nurses Week

April 22, 2014 - Posted by Bill Grana

Occupational and environmental health nurses (OEHNs), stand up for a round of applause. This is YOUR week to be recognized.

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Making the case for worker responsibility

November 05, 2012 - Posted by Bill Grana

A few weeks ago I wrote about how my experience working in the concession stand at a high school football game inspired me to encourage employers to first seriously consider general conditions and physical and mental stresses to which the workforce is subjected before they blame workers for accidents and injuries.

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Topics: occupational health, workplace safety, industrial, energy, occupational safety

Injury and illness prevention programs - a look at OSHA's recent whitepaper

March 27, 2012 - Posted by Bill Grana

In the summer of 2010, OSHA held the first in a series of stakeholder meetings on its ambitious proposal to adopt an Injury and Illness Prevention Program standard.

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Topics: training, occupational health, workplace safety, OSHA, healthcare, occupational safety, injury prevention, illness prevention, employees, human resources, safety culture, OSHA recordkeeping, department of labor

Importance of health & safety in investment decisions

January 11, 2012 - Posted by Bill Grana

New Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) disclosure requirements for mining companies emphasize the importance of occupational health and safety information in making informed investment decisions.

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Topics: occupational health, workplace safety, healthcare, occupational safety, risk management

Exciting news: UL acquires PureSafety

December 06, 2011 - Posted by Bill Grana

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Topics: occupational health, workplace safety, healthcare, employee health, occupational safety

Why health & safety should work together

May 19, 2011 - Posted by Bill Grana

At PureSafety, we’ve always put a spotlight on the critical work done by health and safety professionals, but that spotlight will get even brighter as people outside these departments, and especially C-level executives, begin to recognize its potential to drive business performance.

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Topics: occupational health, workplace safety, healthcare, employee health

Bill Grana

Bill Grana is President of UL Workplace Health & Safety. He is a seasoned technology professional with a diverse background in corporate development, law and finance. Bill has led several high-growth technology companies. He earned a J.D./M.B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis with a concentration in Corporate Finance and a B.A. from the University of Virginia.

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