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  1. Alliance Background

    Date Signed:

    May 18, 2009

    Date Renewed:

    Not Applicable

    Alliance Overview:

    HealthWorks is the occupational medicine department the Lehigh Valley Health Network. The Network has expanded in recent years to meet the community's growing and changing health care needs and is made up of three full-service hospitals, community health centers, primary care and specialty physicians, pharmacy and imaging services, home health and hospice services, Careworks retail health clinics, community clinics and Health Network laboratories. Through this Alliance, OSHA and HealthWorks provide Lehigh Valley employers (and employees) with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect employees' health and safety, particularly in reducing and preventing employee injuries and illnesses.

    Implementation Team Members

    Scott G. Shimandle, USDOL/OSHA-AAO Comp. Asst. Specialist (CAS)
    Maureen Farrell, HealthWorks - Marketing and Sales
    Carmine Pellosie, DO., M.P.H., HealthWorks - Executive Director

  2. Implementation Team Meetings

    There have been no specific Implementation Team only meetings held over the last year. However, the Implementation Team did meet at each of the Safety Peer Group meetings as listed below.

    June 16, 2010 Safety Peer Group meeting – "Employee Assistance Programs – More Than Just An Employee Benefit”
    Sept. 29, 2010 Safety Peer Group meeting – "All Accidents are Preventable – Accident Investigations”
    Dec. 1, 2010 Safety Peer Group meeting – "Creating a Secure Workplace Environment”
    March 23, 2011 Safety Peer Group meeting – "An OSHA Update”
    Sept. 21, 2011 Safety Peer Group meeting – " Misuse and Abuse of Prescription Drugs”

  3. Activities and Products

    Evaluation Period

    May 18, 2010 through September 23, 2011.

    Alliance Activity

    • Training and Education

      Events

      June 16, 2010 "Employee Assistance Programs (EAP) More Than Just An Employee Benefit". This presentation was conducted by Mr. Oliver Neith, Licensed Social Worker (LSW), Program Director of Preferred EAP. While providing a tangible benefit to employees, a full-service Employee Assistance Program should also emphasize providing the organizational sponsor with creative solutions to the management of challenges associated with problematic employees. In his presentation, he focused on workplace behavior management interventions including mandatory EAP referral, conflict resolution, critical incident management, behavioral wellness, violence prevention and threat assessment.

      September 29, 2010 All Injuries are Preventable Accident Investigations. This presentation was conducted by Dr. Mel Cooksey, President, Abilities Education Technologies. The presentation and discussions focused on workplace accident prevention by exploring the process of uncovering the cause of a workplace injury through investigative techniques that will help reveal and examine the underlying factors in the chain of events that preceded the event.

      December 1, 2010 "Creating a Secure Workplace Environment". This presentation was conducted by Gerald Kresge, Director of Security for Lehigh Valley Health Network. He addressed the issues involved with creating a secure environment in both large and small organizations.

      March 23, 2011 "An OSHA Update". This Compliance Assistance Specialist (CAS) provided an update on the latest administrative penalty changes, industries being targeted for enforcement activity through OSHA's National Emphasis Programs, Regional and Local Emphasis Programs, OSHA's Site Specific Targeting (SST) Program, and a review of new and proposed regulations. Additionally, there was some discussion and clarification on some of the latest interpretations and the top violated conditions in both General Industry and Construction work environments.

      September 21, 2011 "Misuse and Abuse of Prescription Drugs". Dr. Basil Dolphin of HealthWorks, presented information on the misuse and abuse of prescription medication, that when taken for non-medical or recreational purposes, prescription drugs are no safer that illicit or street drugs. Throughout the country, prescription drug impairment in the workplace has reached epidemic proportion. He questioned the attendees with issues like: Can employee prescription drug abuse be posing a serious health and safety risk in your workplace and are members of your workforce relying on prescription medication to get them through pain, anxiety, depression through their workday? It's not just the potential for workplace accidents and injuries that are of concern, it's also the bottom-line costs to efficiency and productivity resulting from poor decisions made by workers who may be confused and unable to think properly due to drug abuse.

    • Outreach and Communication

      Events

      See seminar events listed above.

    • Promoting the National Dialogue on Safety and Health

      In an effort to promote OSHA's efforts to educate employers (and employees) about the hazards of Heat Stress OSHA published materials have been provided to this Alliance (and its members) for distribution in June, 2011.

    Alliance Products:

    • Training and Education

      PowerPoint presentation (for the OSHA Update) was created and/or modified for the specific topics/subject matter/audience listed above. PowerPoint presentations were provided in handout format for note taking purposes.

      HealthWorks created a DVD which addresses Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), which is a fairly easy-to-detect condition and a very manageable one. Basic sleep studies analyze severity and treatment options. Through this video, commercial truck drivers a high-risk group for sleep apnea complications can experience the diagnostic and treatment process, identify the signs and symptoms of the disorder and recognize the potential safety risks. Untreated sleep disorders are known to have triggered critical mistakes linked to serious, and deadly, roadway accidents.

      NOTE: It is necessary to charge a fee for the DVD in order to help defer some of the production expenses (HealthWorks won't even come close to breaking even) but they felt it was important to address the misunderstandings surrounding this important safety issue.

    • Outreach and Communication

      As noted above new PowerPoint presentation was developed/modified and used truck drivers. The Executive Director of HealthWorks has provided the OSHA Allentown Area Office with a complimentary copy of this DVD with permission to use for training and education as part of any OSHA Alliance program activity.

    • Promoting the National Dialogue on Safety and Health

      No products developed at this time.

  4. Results

    Although the outreach sessions conducted during this second year of this Alliance has not addressed each of the topics proposed in the agreement, we did cover the aspects of OSHA Inspections and Top Violations. The topics not specifically addressed through Safety Peer Group Meetings include: OSHA Recordkeeping regulations, Effective Safety and Health Programs and Multi-Employer Worksite Issues. However, these topics were covered for HealthWorks clients during the OSHA 10 Hour General Industry Course which was provide last May (2010). HealthWorks' Marketing and Sales Department has been, and continues to solicit from it's clients, those safety and health issues that are immediate concern, as evidence by the topics listed above (and below). OSHA representation is at all meetings to bring the attendees up to date with what is happening within the Agency and the community as it relates to occupational safety and health. Additionally, two other events, affiliated with another Allentown OSHA Alliance were conducted during this evaluation period with the assistance of HealthWorks and are listed below.

    Type of Activity (Conference, Training, Print and Electronic Distribution, etc.)

    Number of Individuals Reached or Trained

    June 16, 2010 - Safety Peer Group -Employee Assistance Programs – More Than Just An Employee Benefit.

    28

    * Lehigh Valley Safety Committee (LVSC) - Worker Compensation – Partnering with Medical Providers

    65

    Sept. 29, 2010 -Safety Peer Group - All Injuries are Preventable – Accident Investigations

    53

    Dec/ 1. 2010 - Safety Peer Group - Creating A Secure Workplace Environment 28
    * LVSC - The Impact of Workplace Injuries 47
    March 23, 2011 - Safety Peer Group - An OSHA Update  31
    September 21, 2011 – Safety Peer Group – Misuse and Abuse of Prescription Drugs 16

    TOTAL (* does not include the two LVSC events as they have been totaled for the previously submitted LVSC Alliance report)

    156


    * It is very important to note that the relationship with HealthWorks has been extremely beneficial and has extended well beyond the clients of HealthWorks. HealthWorks staff continues to provide outreach services for other OSHA related events. These events include a September 21, 2010 presentation on "Worker Compensation Partnering with Medical Providers" and a February 15, 2011 presentation on the "Impact of Workplace Injuries on the Employee, their Employer and their Family" for the Allentown OSHA Alliance with the Lehigh Valley Area Labor Management Council (now known as Lehigh Valley Safety Committee (LVSC) at Quarterly Mentoring Events. The "Worker Compensation" presentation focused on understanding the role of medical providers who are treating the injured workers and how medical providers and employers can work together to help maintain a safety workplace and minimize workers compensation injuries. This presentation was conducted by Celeste M. Saunders, MD FACEP, HealthWorks Occupational Medicine. The "Impact of Workplace Injuries" presentation was conducted by Kevin Vrablik, MD, HealthWorks, who focused on the injuries and illnesses that the HealthWorks staff has seen within the last few years and the impact these injuries had and can have not only on the individual, but also the workplace and their families.

  5. Upcoming Milestones

    Although the Alliance has surpassed its two year period, the Implementation Team has planned a meeting for October 6, 2011 to determine whether this Alliance will be renewed (possibly as a new Alliance) or if this Alliance will be concluded and this signatory Alliance member (HealthWorks) will be a new signatory member with the existing OSHA Alliance with the Lehigh Valley Safety Committee.

    Report Prepared by: Scott G. Shimandle, Compliance Assistance Specialist/ Industrial Hygienist - Allentown Area Office.

    For more information, contact the Office of Outreach Services and Alliances at 202-693-2340 or go to OSHA's Webpage.