Erickson Living has received the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine’s Corporate Health Achievement Award in recognition of its efforts related to the health and safety of its workers.

ACOEM made the announcement as part of its observation of national Workplace Wellness Week the first week in April. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the award.

“When we speak of ‘a culture of health and safety,’ we mean “health and safety” in the true sense of the words — a condition in which employees’ physical well-being and safety is optimized by the environment and philosophy of the company they work for,” said ACOEM President Mark Roberts, M.D. “Erickson Living exemplifies this approach through its outstanding health, safety and environmental programs that seek to maintain and optimize a productive, motivated and creative workforce. This level of achievement makes the country’s third-largest independent living provider a logical choice to be recognized through the CHAA.”

Erickson Living, based in Baltimore, develops senior living communities and manages 18 large-scale, campus-style retirement communities in 10 states: Colorado, Florida, Kansas, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Texas and Virginia. Its biggest community, in Silver Spring, MD, is the largest continuing care retirement community (life plan community) in the United States.

Erickson Living communities are home to more than 24,000 residents nationwide, and the company employs more than 8,000 full-time workers. In addition to its approach to employee health and safety, ACOEM said it chose Erickson Living for a CHAA award because the company has targeted for response specific health issues affecting its employees. This puts it at the forefront of companies that are recognizing that addressing specific health issues within an employee population can improve organizational performance, according to ACOEM.

“Safer, healthier workplaces mean increased productivity, more job satisfaction, less harmful environmental impact and enhanced community relationships,” Roberts said.