Region 8 - Alliance Annual Report - May 13, 2018

Colorado Hospital Association (CHA)

  1. Alliance Background

    Date Signed

    May 13, 2016


    To provide Colorado Hospital Association (CHA) members and others in the healthcare industry with information, guidance and access to training resources that will help them protect employees' health and safety, especially hazards related to ergonomics (patient handling), bloodborne pathogens, slips, trips and falls, workplace violence and other hazards common to the healthcare industry.

    Implementation Team Members

    • Gary Swenson – CHA Director of Workers' Compensation
    • John Savage – Director, Quality Improvement and Patient Safety
    • Valerie Siebert-Thomas - CHA Education Manager
    • Peggy McCreary – CHA Meeting and Events Coordinator
    • Herb Gibson – OSHA Denver Area Office Area Director
    • Dave Nelson – OSHA Englewood Area Office Area Director
    • Brian Oberbeck – Industrial Hygienist Denver Area Office


    • CHA Risk Management and Safety Committees
    • CHA members that is responsible for employee safety in hospitals in Colorado. All the hospitals in Colorado are members of the CHA.

    Evaluation Period

    May 13, 2017- May 13, 2018

    Implementation Team Meetings

    • 6/14/17 - implementation team meeting held
    • 8/29/17 - implementation team meeting held
    • 9/8/17 – planning for the annual meeting and type of outreach materials
    • 11/9/17 – planning for webinars in 2018
    • 12/19/17 – implementation team meeting regarding uploading of OSHA 300's – in person
    • 2/15/18 – implementation team meeting held – booth/conference discussion
    • 3/23/18 – implementation team meeting held – work plan discussion
    • 4/12/18 – implementation team meeting held – Safe and Sound Week discussion
    • 4/30/18 – implementation team meeting held – in person
    • 5/8/18 – implementation team meeting held – 3 webinars planned for 2018

  2. Events and Products

    Training and Education

    • Events
    • 3/23/17 – OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens for the Healthcare Workers presentation to CHA members - webinar broadcast and recorded
    • Outreach and Communication


      Attendance at the CHA Annual Conference for Rural Hospitals in Golden where OSHA had a booth and distributed safety and health materials specifically developed for the hospital and healthcare industry. OSHA representative discussed safety and health issues with individuals responsible for safety and health in hospitals.

      Attendance at the CHA Annual Conference for all Hospitals in Vail where OSHA had a booth and distributed safety and health materials specifically developed for the hospital and healthcare industry. OSHA representative discussed safety and health issues with individuals responsible for safety and health in hospitals.

      The CHA informs members of OSHA related initiatives through the weekly newsletter. Numerous OSHA topics have been distributed to the CHA such as OSHA's new Walking and Working standards and enhancements to recordkeeping standard including uploading of OSHA 300 summary data.

    Link to OSHA "Worker Safety in Hospitals: Caring for our Caregivers" webpage highlights on the CHA Workers' Compensation webpage.

    June 5, 2017 – Published article in CHA HealthBEAT e-newsletter to support OSHA's Safe + Sound Week and provided link to OSHA's, "Recommended Practices for Safety and Health Programs."


    For example the CHA made the following documents available for the CHA members: Safe patient Handling OSHA 3708, How Safe is Your Hospital 3690, Worker Safety in Your Hospital 3689, Workplace Violence in Healthcare 3826, Safe Patient Handling Self- Assessment, Safe Patient Handling Programs 3729, How Safe is Your Hospital Learn More and Take Action 3688 and Integrating Patient and Workplace Safety Programs 3730.

    The CHA has advertised OSHA's hospital page on their website to assist hospitals in Colorado obtaining OSHA related healthcare information.

    Promoting the National Dialogue on Workplace Safety and Health

    • Events
    • Multiple training events focused on communicating enforcement issues related to OSHA's emphasis for the Healthcare Industry. Specifically the CHA assisted in distributing information about OSHA's increased emphasis on healthcare. All members were provided copies of the memorandum placing emphasis on musculoskeletal disorders, bloodborne pathogens, workplace violence, tuberculosis and slips, trips and falls.
    • The CHA supported OSHA's Safe and Sound Week by committing on OSHA's website in advance and encouraging members of the CHA to enhance and focus on safety and health program management during the Safe and Sound Week. They are also in the planning stages for promoting Safe and Sound for August 2018.
    • All of the hospitals are familiar with the June 25, 2015 document titled Inspection Guidelines for Inpatient Healthcare Settings that focuses on the main hazards in hospitals.
    • OSHA information regarding the uploading of OSHA 300 summary information was widely distributes that has resulted in a heightened awareness level of the recordkeeping requirement.
    • As a result of working on safety and health in hospitals through the alliance the DAO was requested in April 2017 to provide a speaker to the national meeting of the Association of Occupational Health Professionals in Healthcare. The topic that will be covered is OSHA's experience in healthcare as a result of the June 15, 2105 healthcare memo. The presentation was titled An OSHA Update on Inspection Activity in Healthcare Facilities on September 9, 2017 and 300 healthcare safety and health professionals attended from throughout the U.S.
  3. Results

    The alliance raises the awareness level of CHA members throughout the state of Colorado about OSHA enforcement activity and major hazards in the long term health care industry, as well as compliance assistance resources available at the OSHA area offices. Particular emphasis this year has been placed on communicating information about enforcement and expectations related to OSHA's emphasis for the healthcare industry. Additionally, during enforcement inspections in the hospital industry in Colorado, OSHA has observed a consistent level of compliance with the standards.

    Type of Activity (Conference, Training, Print and Electronic Distribution, etc.) Number of Individuals Reached or Trained
    7/27/17 - OSHA bloodborne pathogen overview for healthcare worker presentation/webinar 100
    9/14/17 - OSHA booth CHA annual meeting in Vail 300
    3/7-3/8/18 – OSHA booth CHA annual rural hospitals meeting in Golden 200
    TOTAL 600
  4. Upcoming Milestones

    OSHA and the CHA have numerous joint events already planned for the remainder of 2018 such as attendance at the annual meeting of all hospital administrators in Colorado. Additional webinars that focus on OSHA's healthcare focus have been planned and scheduled for June, August and November of 2018. The alliance expires in May 2018 and the parties agree and intend to renew the agreement for four years.