Impact of a Disability Management Program (DMP) in a fortune 100 petrochemical company

F. Bhojani, S. P. Tsai, R. P. Donnelly

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Abstract

Background In an attempt to reduce non-occupational absences at a petrochemical corporation, an in-house disability management program was initiated. Methods An internet-based management tool was used by employees who were required to report all absences on the first day and again on the fourth workday absent. A medical certification form was required for absences of 4 or more working days. Results The program resulted in a 10% reduction in total absence days per employee (6.9 to 6.2) in 2003 compared to the previous year, while business units not utilizing the program had an 8% increase (5.5 to 5.9). This disability management program resulted in a more than 4 to 1 return on investment based on direct expenditures and cost savings in terms of reduced absence days, after one year implementation of the program. In addition, the disability management program continues to meet its objective of reducing disability related absenteeism by managing intermediate term absences (i.e. those lasting 4 days to 6 months). The average workdays missed due to illness among refinery workers reduced from 4.6 to 4.4 days per employees between 2002 and 2004. Conclusions The in-house disability management program successfully reduced absence duration, increased employee satisfaction and returned on the initial investment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication8th SPE International Conference on Health, Safety and Environment in Oil and Gas Exploration and Production 2006
Pages435-444
Number of pages10
Volume1
StatePublished - 2006
Externally publishedYes
Event8th SPE International Conference on Health, Safety and Environment in Oil and Gas Exploration and Production 2006 - Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Duration: Apr 2 2006Apr 4 2006

Other

Other8th SPE International Conference on Health, Safety and Environment in Oil and Gas Exploration and Production 2006
CountryUnited Arab Emirates
CityAbu Dhabi
Period4/2/064/4/06

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Safety Research

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    Bhojani, F., Tsai, S. P., & Donnelly, R. P. (2006). Impact of a Disability Management Program (DMP) in a fortune 100 petrochemical company. In 8th SPE International Conference on Health, Safety and Environment in Oil and Gas Exploration and Production 2006 (Vol. 1, pp. 435-444)