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July 27, 2011 - July 26, 2012
The OSHA and The Joint Commission/Joint Commission Resources Alliance focuses on providing healthy and safe workplaces for health care workers, particularly in reducing and preventing exposure to biological and airborne hazards in health care and addressing emergency preparedness, ergonomics, and workplace violence issues.
Implementation Team Members
Sheila Arbury - Office of Occupational Health Nursing, Directorate of Technical Support and Emergency Management (DTSEM)
Jean Courtney - Deputy Executive Officer, JCR
*Eric Lahaie served on the OSHA and The Joint Commission/JCR Alliance Implementation Team until May 31, 2012.
**Leslie J. LaBelle served on the OSHA and The Joint Commission/JCR Alliance Implementation Team until December 31, 2011.
October 26, 2011
Outreach and Communication Goals
Environment of Care® News (EOCN)
Through the Alliance, OSHA and TJC/JCR are continuing to write an "OSHA & Worker Safety" column relating to health care worker safety and health in JCR's newsletter, Environment of Care® News (EOCN). In addition, Patricia Bray serves on the EOCN editorial board. JCR published the following news articles as Alliance products:
Through the OSHA and TJC/ JCR Alliance, JCR developed an article to emphasize the importance of preventing harm, eliminating hazards, and safeguarding health while on the job in support for 2012 NAOSH Week. The article also highlights the 2012 NAOSH Week Kick-off event held at the Department of Labor. The article was published in the May 2012 edition, volume 15, issue 5, pages 10-11 of the EOCN.
Through the OSHA and TJC/JCR Alliance, JCR developed a side bar article highlighting the top ten OSHA citations issued to healthcare facilities in Fiscal Year 2011. The information is based on the percentage of federal OSHA inspections within the health care industry (Standard Industrial Classification Code 80, Health Services) that resulted in specific standard citations. The article was published in the February 2012 edition, volume 15, issue 2, page 10 of the EOCN.
Through the OSHA and TJC/JCR Alliance, JCR developed an article to help health care facilities identify and abate incidents of workplace violence. The article was published in the January 2012 edition, volume 15, issue 1, pages 8-11 of the EOCN.
Through the OSHA and TJC/JCR Alliance, JCR developed an article on protecting workers through evaluation, recognition, and control of occupational exposure to hazardous drugs found in health care facilities. The article was published in the November 2011 edition, volume 14, issue 11, pages 6-8 of the EOCN.
TJC/JCR Alliance-Related Web Page
TJC/JCR maintains and updates the TJC/JCR and OSHA Alliance Web page on its Web site. The TJC/JCR Web page provides information on the Alliance agreement and related documents posted on the OSHA and TJC/JCR Alliance Web page on the Agency Web site. The page also contains links to the EOCN articles that were produced through the Alliance during this reporting period.
OSHA and TJC/JCR Alliance Web Page
OSHA maintains and updates the OSHA and TJC/JCR Alliance Web page on the Agency Web site. The page includes the Alliance agreement, annual reports, news releases, information on activities and events of the Alliance, and links to the Alliance developed products and resources, such as the EOCN articles.
Annual Emergency Preparedness Conference, April 11-12, 2012
On April 11-12, 2012, Morgan Seuberling, Safety and Occupational Health Specialists, Office of Outreach Services and Alliances, Directorate of Cooperative and State, staffed an Alliance Program exhibit booth and disseminated OSHA publications to 350 attendees.
TJC Standards Access
Through the OSHA and The Joint Commission/JCR Alliance, TJC/JCR provides OSHA with access to the TJC Standards for Hospitals, Laboratory Ambulatory, Behavioral, Long-term and Home Care. The standards allow for comparisons to infection prevention and control standards from the different types of healthcare institutions.
During the reporting period, the OSHA and TJC/JCR Alliance Implementation Team have not completed work on programs or projects to address this goal.
Promoting the National Dialogue on Workplace Safety and Health Goal
North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week, May 12, 2012, Washington, DC
TJC/JCR and a number of other Alliance Program participants supported the 2012 NAOSH Week. Sponsored annually by the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), an Alliance Program participant, and the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering, the Week focuses on the importance of preventing injuries and illnesses in the workplace. The theme for 2012 was "Safety, What Every Business Needs."
To help support the event, TJC/JCR disseminated information about 2012 NAOSH Week to their membership in an EOC article.
Through the Alliance Program, OSHA and TJC/JCR are working together to update and develop new resources related to reducing and preventing exposure to biological and airborne hazards in healthcare and addressing emergency preparedness issues. The positive relationship that TJC/JCR has developed with OSHA over the past eight years led to the generation of projects and programs that the team is currently working on or has recently completed.
OSHA continues to serve on the editorial board of the JCR publication, Environment of Care® News, and works jointly with TJC/JCR on developing an "OSHA & Worker Safety" standing column for the newsletter. The articles developed during this reporting period are linked to both the TJC/JCR Alliance Web page and the OSHA Web pages.
In addition, TJC/JCR maintains an Alliance-related Web page. The page provides information on the OSHA and TJC/JCR Alliance, the Alliance agreement, and related documents linked from the OSHA and TJC/JCR Alliance Web page on the Agency Web site.
During the upcoming year the OSHA and TJC/JCR Alliance Implementation Team is planning a number of activities to provide health care workers 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 biological and airborne hazards in health care and addressing emergency preparedness issues.
For example, OSHA and The Joint Commission/JCR will continue to jointly compose three articles for the standing column, "OSHA & Worker Safety, in JCR's publication, Environment of Care® News. In addition, the Agency and TJC/JCR are committed to maintaining and updating their Web pages with information and resources developed through the Alliance Program. Lastly, the OSHA and TJC/JCR Implementation Team are developing plans to promote the Alliance through a speaking and exhibiting opportunity during the Annual Emergency Preparedness Conference in the spring of 2013.
Report prepared by: Morgan Seuberling, Alliance Coordinator, Office of Outreach Services and Alliances, August 14, 2012.