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  1. Alliance Background

    Date Signed

    February 19, 2004

    Date Renewed

    August 27, 2006

    Overview

    The OSHA and AOHP Alliance is providing the association's members and others with information, guidance, and access to training resources to help them protect employees' health and safety, particularly in reducing and preventing exposure to patient-handling hazards, bloodborne diseases, and emergency preparedness in healthcare facilities.

    Implementation Team Members
     
    OSHA:  
       
    Sheila Arbury
    Bret Besser
    Brently Donaldson
    Sandra Khan
    Directorate of Science, Technology and Medicine (DSTM)
    DSTM
    Directorate of Training and Education
    Office of Outreach Services and Alliances
       
    AOHP:  
       
    Diane Dickerson
    June Duck
    Jan Frustaglia
    Linda Good
    MaryAnn Gruden
    Sandra Prickett
    Denise Strode
    Director, EHS, Inova Health System
    Team Coordinator, Sentara Healthcare
    Program Coordinator, Austin Community College
    Employee Health, Scripps Memorial Hospital
    EHS Coordinator, West Penn Hospital
    EHS Coordinator, Morin General Hospital
    Case Manager, OSF Saint Francis

    Evaluation Period

    February 19, 2007 February 18, 2087

  2. Implementation Team Meetings
     
    February 22, 2007
    June 19, 2007
    June 26, 2007
    November 20, 2007
    Hospital eTool Development Team Meeting
    Implementation Team Meeting, Teleconference
    Hospital eTool Development Team Meeting
    Implementation Team Meeting, Teleconference

    In addition to these formal meetings, the Alliance coordinators from both groups maintained regular contact throughout the reporting period to monitor the Alliance's progress and results.

  3. Results

    1. Events and Products

      Training and Education Goal


      • Develop workplace safety and health curricula for training and education programs on patient handling and bloodborne pathogens for healthcare institutions and workers.

        During this evaluation period, no products or resources have been developed to meet this Alliance goal.
      Outreach and Communication Goals

      • Work with OSHA to provide expertise in developing information on the recognition and prevention of workplace hazards, and to provide expertise in developing ways of communicating such information (e.g. print and electronic media, electronic assistance tools and OSHA's and AOHP's Web sites) to employers and employees in the industry.
      Products

      OSHA and AOHP Alliance Web Page


      OSHA continues to maintain and update the OSHA and AOHP Alliance Web page on the Agency's Web site. The page contains information on the Alliance's products and resources, activities and events, and milestones and successes. For more information on the number of site visits, please see the "Alliance Program Reach" table.

      AOHP and OSHA Alliance-related Web Page

      AOHP continues to maintain and update the AOHP and OSHA Alliance-related Web page on the organization's Web site. The page includes links to OSHA's Pandemic Influenza Preparedness and Response Guidance for Healthcare Workers and Healthcare Employers, the OSHA and AOHP Alliance Web page on the Agency's Web site, and OSHA's electronic assistance tools, including the Hospital eTool and Bloodborne Pathogens and Needlestick Prevention Safety and Health Topic page.

      Print and Electronic Media

      Information on the activities of the OSHA and AOHP Alliance have appeared in print and online publications, including PR Newswire, Yahoo News and the AOHP Journal and Quarterly Electronic Newsletter. For more information on the articles please see the "Alliance Program Reach" table.

      OSHA's Safety and Health Topics pages and eTools

      An AOHP representative, Mary Ann Gruden, President Emeritus, serves on the editorial board for OSHA's Bloodborne Pathogens and Needlestick Prevention Safety and Health Topics page.

      • Speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA's or AOHP's conferences, local meetings, or other AOHP sponsored events such as the AOHP Annual National Conference.
      Events

      AOHP Annual National Conference, September 26-29, 2007, Savannah Marriott Riverfront, Savannah, Georgia


      Sheila Arbury, Health Scientist, Office of Occupational Health Nursing, DSTM, USDOL-OSHA, presented a poster, "Use of Blunt-Tip Suture Needles to Decrease Percutaneous Injuries to Surgical Personnel," during the AOHP Annual National Conference, September 26-29, 2007 in Savannah, Georgia.

      In addition, AOHP distributed a copy of the AOHP guidance document, "Beyond Getting Started: A Resource Guide for Implementing a Safe Patient Handling Program in the Acute Care Setting," developed through the OSHA and AOHP Alliance and the OSHA and AOHP Alliance Activities Summary to conference attendees.

      • Share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding AOHP's best practices or effective approaches and publicize results through outreach by AOHP and through OSHA or AOHP's developed materials, training programs, workshops, seminars, and lectures (or any other applicable forum).
      AOHP Central Pennsylvania Chapter Meeting, March 23, 2007
      Wildwood Conference Center, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania


      OSHA representatives, Peter Brown, Outreach Coordinator, Region III Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Area Office, USDOL-OSHA, gave a presentation about OSHA's Voluntary Protection Programs and Donna Melnic, Compliance Safety and Health Officer, Region III, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania Area Office, USDOL-OSHA, gave a presentation about job hazards in healthcare during the AOHP Central Pennsylvania Chapter Meeting, March 23, 2007 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

      Products

      "Beyond Getting Started: A Resource Guide for Implementing a Safe Patient Handling Program in the Acute Care Setting"


      AOHP continued to promote the AOHP guidance document, "Beyond Getting Started: A Resource Guide for Implementing a Safe Patient Handling Program in the Acute Care Setting," that was developed through the OSHA and AOHP Alliance. The document was published on September 20, 2006 and is posted on the AOHP Web site and a link to the document is featured on the OSHA and AOHP Alliance Web page on the Agency's Web site. In 2007, a link to the guidance document was posted on the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Safety and Health Topic page: Health Care Workers on the Agency's Web site and on the Minnesota OSHA Workplace Safety Consultation Web site.

      • Work with other Alliance participants on specific issues and projects related to patient-handling hazards, bloodborne diseases and emergency preparedness that are addressed and developed through the Alliance Program.
      Products

      OSHA's Compliance Assistance Quick Start: Health Care Industry


      Through the Alliance, AOHP worked with other health care industry related Alliance Program participants to review of the draft Health Care module for OSHA's electronic assistance tool, Compliance Assistance Quick Start. The module was added to OSHA's Web site in August 2007. In addition, AOHP published information about the module in its October edition of the AOHP Quarterly Electronic Newsletter and the Fall edition of the AOHP Journal.

      OSHA Hospital eTool

      Through the Alliance, AOHP representatives are working with other Alliance Program participants including the Association of Occupational Health Nurses (AAOHN) and The Joint Commission/Joint Commission Resources (JCR) to provide OSHA with input and expertise to OSHA to help the Agency update its Hospital eTool. The eTool modules that are being updated are Surgical Suite, Bloodborne Pathogens (BBP) and Ergonomics.

      Events

      2007 North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week, May 6-12, 2007


      AOHP supported and promoted the 2007 NAOSH Week May 6-12, 2007 by providing information about the event and linking to the 2007 NAOSH Week Web page on the American Society of Safety Engineers' (ASSE) Web site from the AOHP and OSHA Alliance-related Web page. NAOSH Week is sponsored by ASSE, another Alliance Program participant, and the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE). The goal of the annual Week is to promote safety and health and how to help prevent injuries and illnesses in the workplace and the 2007 theme is, "All Modes of Transportation."

      Association of Occupational Health Professionals in Healthcare Congress of Presidents, Savannah, Georgia, September 27, 2007

      Through the OSHA and AHA Alliance and the OSHA and AOHP Alliance, Alex Barbieri, Senior Case Manager, AHA, gave a presentation about the organization's Start Program to 35 attendees at the AOHP Congress of Presidents.

    2. Executive summary

      During the fourth year of the OSHA and AOHP Alliance, the organizations continued to work together to provide AOHP members and others with information, guidance and access to training resources to help protect employees' health and safety, particularly in reducing and preventing exposure to patient-handling hazards, bloodborne diseases, and emergency preparedness in healthcare facilities. The collaborative relationship has resulted in a sustained effort to support the Alliance Program's initiatives and the development of safety and health resources. As a result, OSHA and AOHP agreed to renew the Alliance agreement in 2008.

      To meet the Alliance's goals, OSHA and AOHP continued to work on a number projects and support outreach activities. For example:

      • In 2007, a link to the AOHP guidance document, "Beyond Getting Started: A Resource Guide for Implementing a Safe Patient Handling Program in the Acute Care Setting," that was developed by AOHP through the Alliance Program was added to the NIOSH Safety and Health Topic page: Health Care Workers on the Institutes Web site and on the Minnesota OSHA Workplace Safety Consultation Web site.

      • OSHA continues to maintain and update the OSHA and AOHP Alliance Web page on the Agency's Web site. The Web page includes links to the OSHA and AOHP Alliance agreements, news releases, activities and events and products and resources.

      • AOHP also maintains and updates its AOHP and OSHA Alliance-related Web page on the organization's Web site. The page includes links to OSHA's Pandemic Influenza Preparedness and Response Guidance for Healthcare Workers and Healthcare Employers, the OSHA and AOHP Alliance Web page on the Agency's Web site, and OSHA's electronic assistance tools, including the Hospital eTool and Bloodborne Pathogens and Needlestick Prevention Safety and Health Topics page.

      • AOHP is working with OSHA to update the Agency's Hospital eTool. The organization's representatives are working on this project with other Alliance Program participants, including the AAOHN and The Joint Commission/JCR.

      • OSHA representatives, Peter Brown, Outreach Coordinator, Region III Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Area Office, USDOL-OSHA, gave a presentation about OSHA's Voluntary Protection Programs and Donna Melnic, Compliance Safety and Health Officer, Region III, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania Area Office, USDOL-OSHA, gave a presentation about job hazards in healthcare at the AOHP Central Pennsylvania Chapter Meeting, March 23, 2007 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

      • AOHP joined with other Alliance Program participants in supporting and promoting the 2007 NAOSH Week, May 6-12, 2007.

      • During the AOHP Annual National Conference, September 26-29, 2007 in Savannah, Georgia, Sheila Arbury, Health Scientist, Office of Occupational Health Nursing, Directorate of Science, Technology and Medicine, USDOL-OSHA, presented a poster, "Use of Blunt-Tip Suture Needles to Decrease Percutaneous Injuries to Surgical Personnel."

      • AOHP representatives shared their expertise with OSHA and are serving on the editorial board of OSHA's Bloodborne Pathogens and Needlestick Prevention Safety and Health Topics page.
      AOHP representatives also worked with other health care industry related Alliance Program participants to review of the draft Health Care module for OSHA's electronic assistance tool, Compliance Assistance Quick Start. The module was added to OSHA's Web site in August 2007. Finally, AOHP published information about the module in its October edition of the AOHP Quarterly Electronic Newsletter and the Fall edition of the AOHP's Journal.

    3. Alliance Program Reach
    4. Type of Activity
      (Conference, Training, Print and Electronic Distribution, etc.)
      Number of Individuals
      Reached or Trained
      OSHA and AOHP Alliance Web page on OSHA's Web site 4,346
      AOHP and OSHA Alliance Web page on AOHP's Web site 23,340
      OSHA's Blood Borne Pathogens and Needlestick Prevention Safety and Health Topics page 24,387
      OSHA's Hospital eTool 38,913
      OSHA's Compliance Assistance Quick Start: Health Care Industry 12,745
      March 23, 2007
      AOHP Central Pennsylvania Chapter Meeting
      Wildwood Conference Center
      Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
      125
      Spring 2007, "AOHP and OSHA Alliance Update"

      AOHP's Journal
      1,100
      April 2007, "AOHP and OSHA Alliance Update"

      AOHP's Quarterly eNewsletter
      1,100
      April 24, 2007, "OSHA, American Society of Safety Engineers Note Major Growth in May's North American Occupational Safety and Health Week Support"

      Insurance Newsnet
      Data not available
      April 24, 2007, "OSHA, American Society of Safety Engineers Note Major Growth in May's North American Occupational Safety and Health Week Support"

      PR Newswire
      Data not available
      April, 24, 2007, "OSHA, American Society of Safety Engineers Note Major Growth in May's North American Occupational Safety and Health Week Support"

      Quote.com
      Data not available
      April, 24, 2007, "OSHA, American Society of Safety Engineers Note Major Growth in May's North American Occupational Safety and Health Week Support"

      Yahoo News
      Data not available
      Summer 2007, "AOHP and OSHA Alliance Update"

      AOHP's Journal
      1,100
      July 2007, "AOHP and OSHA Alliance Update"

      AOHP's Quarterly eNewsletter
      1,100
      Fall 2007, "AOHP and OSHA Alliance Update"

      AOHP's Journal
      1,100
      September 26-29, 2007
      AOHP Annual National Conference
      Savannah Marriott Riverfront
      Savannah, Georgia
      400
      October 2007, "AOHP and OSHA Alliance Update"

      AOHP's Quarterly eNewsletter
      1,100
      January 2007, "AOHP and OSHA Alliance Update"

      AOHP's Quarterly eNewsletter
      1,100
      Winter 2007, "AOHP and OSHA Alliance Update"

      AOHP's Journal
      1,100
      TOTAL 104,256

  4. Upcoming Milestones

    During the upcoming year, the OSHA and AOHP Alliance Implementation Team is planning a number of activities to meet the goals of the Alliance and to protect employees' health and safety, particularly in reducing and preventing exposure to patient-handling hazards, bloodborne diseases, and emergency preparedness in healthcare facilities.
    For example, AOHP will develop a reference guide, "Mass Seasonal Flu Immunization of Healthcare Workers," to increase vaccinations among healthcare workers.

    AOHP and OSHA will promote the Alliance Program through a number of speaking and exhibiting opportunities including, the AOHP Annual Conference, September 17-20, 2008, in Denver, Colorado.

    AOHP will also support and promote the 2008 NAOSH Week, May 4-10, 2008 and OSHA's 2008 Teen Summer Job Safety Campaign.

    Further, AOHP will continue to review and provide expertise on OSHA developed safety and health documents, as requested.

    In addition, OSHA and AOHP Alliance will continue its focus on patient-handling hazards in the workplace by updating information on the AOHP and OSHA Alliance-related Web page and on the organization's Web site as new information becomes available. Representatives from AOHP will also provide their expertise to the Agency by serving on the editorial board for OSHA's Bloodborne Pathogens and Needlestick Prevention Safety and Health Topics page and will work with other Alliance Program participants, including the AAOHN and The Joint Commission/JCR, to assist OSHA with its update of the Agency's Hospital eTool.

    Report prepared by: Sandra Khan, Alliance Coordinator, Office of Outreach Services and Alliances, April 2, 2008.