Through the OSHA and TJC/JCR Alliance, the organizations will provide TJC/JCR members and others with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect the health and safety of workers. In particular, the Alliance will continue to address reducing and preventing exposure to physical, chemical, biological, and airborne hazards in healthcare and addressing emergency preparedness issues. The Alliance's goals include:
Raising Awareness of OSHA's Rulemaking and Enforcement Initiatives
To share information on occupational safety and health laws and standards, including the rights and responsibilities of workers and employers through the publication of three Environment of Care News articles per year.
To convene or participate in forums, roundtable discussions, or stakeholder meetings on health care worker safety related issues to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace or to provide input on safety and health issues.
Outreach and Communication
To develop information on the recognition and prevention of workplace hazards, and to develop ways of communicating such information (e.g., print and electronic media, electronic assistance tools, and OSHA's and TJC's/JCR's web sites) to employers and workers in the healthcare industry.
To share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding TJC/JCR best practices or effective approaches and publicize results through outreach by TJC/JCR through OSHA or TJC/JCR developed materials, training programs, workshops, seminars, and lectures (or any other applicable forum) developed by the participants.
To speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA's or TJC/JCR conferences, local meetings, or other events such as the JCR Annual Emergency Preparedness Conference.
May 7-8, 2014: 2014 Emergency Preparedness Conference and Exhibition, Orlando, Florida.
May 8, 2014: Presenter: Michael Pannell, Senior Industrial Hygienist, Office of Health Enforcement, Directorate of Enforcement Programs. Presentation: "Emergency Response Considerations for Radiological Dispersion Devices."
May 7-8, 2014: OSHA staff at Alliance exhibit booth.
May 5-11, 2013: 2013 North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week. The Joint Commission (TJC)/Joint Commission Resources (JCR) and a number of other Alliance Program participants support 2013 NAOSH Week. Sponsored annually by the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) and the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE), the Week focuses on the importance of preventing injuries and illnesses in the workplace. 2013 Theme: "Worker Safety Works for Everyone."
May 1-2, 2013: JCR-Emergency Preparedness Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada.
May 1-2, 2013: Region IX OSHA staff at Alliance exhibit booth.
May 6-12, 2012: 2012 North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week. The Joint Commission (TJC)/Joint Commission Resources (JCR) and a number of other Alliance Program participants support 2012 NAOSH Week. Theme: Safety, What Every Business Needs. Sponsored annually by American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) and the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE), the Week focuses on the importance of preventing injuries and illnesses in the workplace.
April 11-12, 2012: Annual Emergency Preparedness Conference, Marriott Crystal Gateway in Arlington, VA.
April 11-12, 2012: Morgan Seuberling, Safety and Occupational Health Specialists, Office of Outreach Services and Alliances, Directorate of Cooperative and State Programs, USDOL-OSHA, at Alliance exhibit booth.
Labeling the Hazard: OSHA to Institute "Global Harmonization" of Hazard Communications (PDF*). Through the OSHA and The Joint Commission (TJC)/Joint Commission Resources (JCR) Alliance, JCR developed an article that discusses OSHA's recent revision of the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS), 29 CFR 1910.1200, and the standard's alignment with the United Nations' Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals. The article also provides information on the new labeling requirements in the HCS for hazardous chemicals. (2013, July).
Nobody Likes It Hot: Preventing Heat Stress in At-Risk Workers (PDF*). Through the OSHA and The Joint Commission (TJC)/Joint Commission Resources (JCR) Alliance, JCR developed an article on heat related illnesses, including signs and symptoms of various illnesses and prevention and treatment tactics. (2011, June).
North American Occupational Safety & Health Week Set for May (PDF*). Through the OSHA and The Joint Commission (TJC)/Joint Commission Resources (JCR) Alliance, JCR developed an article to emphasize the importance of protecting workers, avoiding injury and illness, and eradicating hazards while at work as their support for the 2014 NAOSH Week. The article also highlights the 2014 NAOSH Week events held at the Department of Labor. (2014, May).
OSHA Worker Safety in Hospitals Program Launched Online (PDF*). Through the OSHA and The Joint Commission (TJC)/Joint Commission Resources (JCR) Alliance, JCR developed an article highlighting the OSHA website for worker safety in hospitals and providing links to the agency's compliance assistance materials.The article also includes information on the comparison of The Joint Commission's standards with OSHA's requirements in a safety and health management system for the health care industry. (2014, May).
Protection Partnership: How Health Care Organizations Can Better Secure the Safety of Workers and Patients Alike (PDF*). Through the OSHA and The Joint Commission (TJC)/Joint Commission Resources (JCR) Alliance, JCR developed a second article that further discusses the interrelationship between patient and worker safety in healthcare facilities. The last in the two-part series, the article explores the significance of mutual patient and worker safety, provides the means that both groups can be better protected, and presents the characteristics of a culture of safety. (2013, July).
Sharp Focus: How health care workers can prevent exposure to bloodborne pathogen (PDF*). Through the OSHA and The Joint Commission (TJC)/Joint Commission Resources (JCR) Alliance, JCR developed an article that reviews the OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens Standard and presents guidelines for preventing sharps injuries. The article also includes proper disposal procedures and summarizes the benefits of a good exposure plan. (2012, June).
Top 10 OSHA Citations in Health Care - OSHA releases information for October 1, 2010-September 30, 2011 (PDF*). Through the OSHA and The Joint Commission (TJC)/Joint Commission Resources (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. (2012, February).
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