Alliance Annual and Close-out Report - January 23, 2012
STATE OF WISCONSIN DEPARTMENT OF WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT WORKERS COMPENSATION DIVISION
THE US DEPARTMENT OF LABOR - OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION
THE STATE OF WISCONSIN ONSITE CONSULTATION PROGRAM ANNUAL ALLIANCE REPORT
January 23, 2012
The alliance was initially signed on July 7, 2005 and renewed in July of 2008. The signatories have reached an agreement not to pursue an extension of the alliance, so this will serve as the termination report.
Enhance outreach activities and training programs to improve business awareness of OSHA's rules, safety and health management systems and cooperative programs as well improve the awareness of the Wisconsin Onsite Consultation Programs Services.
Promote the use of OSHA, Wisconsin Onsite Consultation Programs, technical and training assistance and participation in cooperative programs by Onsite Consultation.
Improve the safety and health performance of employers that receive outreach, training and other assistance service (i.e. mentoring, Onsite Consultation, hazard identification).
Implementation Team Members
Area Director, Madison
Area Director Milwaukee
Program Director, Wisconsin Consultation
Workers Compensation Division
Implementation Team Meetings
The last official meeting was held on January 27, 2011. Additionally, meetings of subcommittees of the implementation team met at various times to achieve specific task specific goals: November 23, 2010, February 11, 2011, May 24, 2011 and September 12, 2011.
Activities and Products
This report covers the period October 1, 2010 to January 23, 2012.
Alliance Activity and Product
This alliance worked on the topic of fatigue in the workplace, its effects on employees and safety and health and issues that employers should consider when scheduling employees' work shifts. As there are no consensus standards for workplace fatigue, this initiative involved a lot of research to find and evaluate the science behind workplace fatigue and whether it's potential to affect workplace safety and health has been documented in the literature. The team worked hard to obtain scientifically valid evidence of specific risk factors related to workplace fatigue and to try to determine if control measures were available.
The alliance decided that the team was not in a position to develop OSHA standards or even recommendations; although they were convinced that information about fatigue in the workplace is valuable to employers and employees. Inspired by OSHA's safety and health web pages, we decided to collect scientifically valid information on the topic with an emphasis on how to develop and implement measures into an employer's safety and health processes. The goal was to make it available via either an OSHA web page or a standalone site. The site would be organized in a toolbox fashion so that employers and other interested parties can pick and choose the information of interest. It was also determined that we had enough information to compile the information into a publication.
All of the supporting information on workplace fatigue has been compiled and organized and is ready to be developed into a web page, either as an OSHA safety and health topic or a standalone site.
A booklet is available that summarizes the alliance's findings on fatigue in the workplace.
The PowerPoint presentation developed in the past reporting period has been further revised and presented to various groups in the past year:
On Sept. 28, 2011, a one hour presentation was given to 25 attendees of a conference sponsored by the Occupational Health Nurses.
On June 1, 2011, a one hour presentation was given to 55 attendees of the regional VPPPA conference in Cincinnati, Ohio.
On March 28, 2011, a one hour long presentation was given to 58 attendees at the Texas National Safety and Health Conference in Houston, Texas.
A committee member, who works for the Wisconsin Hospital Association, has posted the PPT to the WHA web site and she often presents it to WHA stakeholders.
Information gathered was shared with the National Office in 2011 to assist in a briefing for Dr. David Michaels, the Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA on the topic of Fatigue in the Workplace.
Type of Activity (Conference, Training, Print and Electronic Distribution, etc.)
Number of Individuals Reached or Trained
Electronic media - CDs
More than 238
Report Prepared by: Leslie Ptak, Compliance Assistance Specialist, Madison OSHA.
For more information, contact the Office of Outreach Services and Alliances at 202-693-2340 or go to OSHA's website.
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