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ALLIANCE ANNUAL REPORT

Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the
The National Association Directors of Nursing Administration in Long Term Care (NADONA/LTC)
January 11, 2005


I. Alliance Background

Date Signed

April 4, 2003

Evaluation Period

April 4, 2003 – April 3, 2004

Overview

The OSHA and NADONA Alliance focuses on providing NADONA/LTC members and others with information and guidance to help them protect their employees’ health and safety, particularly in reducing and preventing exposure to ergonomic hazards.

Implementation Team Members

 
OSHA  
Ivanona Cail
Bob Curtis
Brently Donaldson
Sandi Khan
Lisa Ramber*
Beth Sherfy
Office of Training and Education (OTE)
Salt Lake Technical Center (SLTC)
OTE
Office of Outreach Services and Alliances (OOSA)
OOSA
OOSA
   
NADONA/LTC  
Mary Jane Daggett*
Ronald J. Romano*
Joan Saunders
Director of Education
VP of sales and Marketing
Founder/Executive Director

*Lisa Ramber was the Alliance coordinator until March 2004. Ronald Romano was the Alliance contact until April 2004. Mary Jane Daggett was the Alliance coordinator from July – November 2004.

II. Implementation Team Meetings

April 4, 2003  Kick-off meeting, OSHA, Washington, DC

III. Results
  1. Events and Products

    Training and Education Goal
    • Develop and deliver training and education programs and disseminate information on ergonomic issues.

      Products

      OSHA Web Cast on Ergonomic Guidelines for Nursing Homes


      NADONA/LTC reviewed and provided comments on OSHA’s Web Cast on the Ergonomic Guidelines for Nursing Homes. In addition, the OSHA and NADONA/LTC Alliance is referenced during the Web Cast.

      Georgetown Survey

      NADONA/LTC reviewed and provided feedback on a survey sponsored by Georgetown University, Center for Business and Public Policy entitled, "Value-Focused Assessment of Lifts an Assists in Nursing Homes."
    Outreach and Communication Goals
     
    • Develop and disseminate information at conferences, events, or through print and electronic media, including informational links from OSHA’s and NADONA/LTC’s web sites.

      OSHA and NADONA/LTC Alliance Web Page

      The OSHA and NADONA/LTC Web page on OSHA’s Web site contains information on the Alliance, activities and events, and milestones and successes. The page is updated regularly. For more information on the number of visits to the OSHA and NADONA/LTC Webpage, please see the Alliance Program Reach table on page 4.

      Print and Electronic Media

      Articles on the OSHA and NADONA Alliance have appeared in a number of printed and online publications, including: Nursing Home News Briefs, NADONA/LTC News, The Director, OSHA QuickTakes, OSHA Press Releases, Occupational Health and Safety Reporter, and Inside OSHA, Inside HealthPolicy.com. Over 90,000 individuals were reached through the publications. For more information on the articles, please see the Alliance Program Reach table on page 4.
       
    • Speak, exhibit, or appear at conferences, local meetings, or other events to promote the effectiveness of NADONA/LTC members’ ergonomic programs.

      Events

      16th Annual NADONA/LTC Annual Conference, Cincinnati, Ohio, June 7-11, 2003


      Mike Seymour, Director, Office of Physical Hazards, Directorate of Standards and Guidance, USDOL-OSHA, gave a presentation entitled "Ergonomics in Nursing Homes" on the development and the elements of OSHA’s ergonomic Guidelines for Nursing Homes.
       
    • Cross-train OSHA personnel and industry safety and health practitioners in NADONA/LTC ergonomic best practices and programs; as jointly defined by OSHA and NADONA/LTC.

      No products or resources have been developed to meet this Alliance goal.
       
    • Promote and encourage NADONA/LTC members’ participation in OSHA’s cooperative programs such as compliance assistance, the Voluntary Protection Program, Consultation, and its Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program.

      No products or resources have been developed to meet this Alliance goal.
       
    • Encourage NADONA/LTC’s members to act as mentors to help implement ergonomic programs and review ergonomic best practices: as jointly determined by OSHA and NADONA/LTC.

      No products or resources have been developed to meet this Alliance goal.
    Promoting the National Dialogue Goals
     
    • Encourage NADONA/LTC members to act as industry liaisons and resources for OSHA’s cooperative programs and Compliance Assistance Specialists.

      No products or resources have been developed to meet this Alliance goal.
       
    • Share ergonomic best practices and innovative solutions, as jointly determined by OSHA and NADONA/LTC, with others in the health care industry through outreach by NADONA/LTC and OSHA-developed training programs and materials.

      No products or resources have been developed to meet this Alliance goal.
       
    • Share information demonstrating the reduction of ergonomic hazards through the use of programs developed by NADONA/LTC and its members. In addition, share examples of ergonomic hazard recognition strategies and analytical tools with OSHA and others in the industry to encourage wide implementation. Promote their implementation through print or electronic media, at conferences, and/or through other means of reaching out to others in the health care industry.

      No products or resources have been developed to meet this Alliance goal.
       
    • Convene or participate in stakeholder groups, round table discussions or other forums on ergonomics to help create new solutions to ergonomic issues in the workplace. NADONA/LTC will also help to make the business case for sound ergonomic programs.

      No products or resources have been developed to meet this Alliance goal.
  2. Executive Summary
    The OSHA and NADONA/LTC Alliance focus is on reducing and preventing employee exposure to ergonomic hazards in the workplace and increasing NADONA/LTC members’ understanding of OSHA’s Ergonomic Guidelines for Nursing Homes. Through the Alliance, NADONA/LTC members’ participated in the survey and review of the study conducted by Georgetown University, Center for Business and Public Policy entitled, "Value-Focused Assessment of Lifts and Assists in Nursing Homes," reviewed and provided feedback on OSHA’s Web Cast on Ergonomic Guidelines for Nursing Homes, and an OSHA representative gave a presentation during the NADONA/LTC 16th Annual Conference on Ergonomics in Nursing Homes.

    There has been limited activity of the OSHA-NADONA/LTC Alliance due to NADONA’s focus on increasing its membership, staff attrition, and position changes. According to NADONA/LTC they have been unable to fully support their commitment to the Alliance due to several factors including, the NADONA Alliance coordinator’s position being vacant for several months resulting in the inability to schedule an implementation team meeting. A conference call will be scheduled between OSHA’s Office of Outreach Services and Alliances and NADONA/LTC to explore new avenues to reach the Alliance goals and future plans for the OSHA-NADONA/LTC Alliance.
     
  3. Alliance Program Reach
Type of Activity (Conference, Training, Print and Electronic Distribution, etc.) Number of Individuals Reached or Trained
September 17, 2003, "Value-Focused Assessment of Lifts and Assists in Nursing Homes" conducted by Georgetown University, Center for Business and Public Policy
  • NADONA participated in the survey
Data Not Available
June 7 - 11, 2003, 16th Annual NADONA/LTC Conference, Netherland Hilton Plaza, Cincinnati, Ohio.
  • Speaker: Mike Seymour, Director, Office of Physical Hazards, Directorate of Standards and Guidance, USDOL-OSHA, on "Ergonomics in Nursing Homes" on the development and the elements of the Agency's ergonomic guidelines for nursing homes
452
June 2003, OSHA and NADONA/LTC "Partner to Promote Workplace," Nursing Homes, News Briefs 35,000
April 15, 2003 - OSHA includes information on the OSHA/NADONA/LTC Alliance agreement in its bi-weekly e-newsletter; QuickTakes 50,000
April 14, 2003, "OSHA signs First Ever Alliance with Educational Community," Inside OSHA - Insidehealthpolicy.com Data Not Available
April 10, 2003, "Long-Term Care Group Forms Alliance with OSHA to Promote Ergonomic Guidelines" Occupational Safety and Health Reporter Data Not Available
April 9, 2003 - "NADONA/LTC First LTC Organization to Sign Alliance with OSHA," The Director 30,000
April 4, 2003, OSHA and NADONA/LTC Alliance Web page launched 4,000
April 4, 2003, OSHA News Release announcing the OSHA/NADONA/LTC Alliance 25 News Services
TOTAL 119,452

IV. Upcoming Milestones

The OSHA and NADONA/LTC Implementation Team have not yet identified programs or projects to address through the Alliance Program during the upcoming year.

Report prepared by: Sandi Khan, Alliance Coordinator, Office of Outreach Services and Alliances, January 11, 2005.