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U.S. Department of Labor
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Savannah Area Office
450 Mall Boulevard, Suite J
Savannah, Georgia 31406 1418
(912) 652-4393
Savannah, Atlanta-East and Atlanta-West Area Offices
Annual Alliance Report

Georgia Health Care Association (GHCA) Alliance
(formerly Georgia Nursing Home Association)
January 30, 2009

  1. Alliance Background

    Date Signed:


    October 21, 2003
    Agreement Renewed January 19, 2006

    Overview:

    OSHA, Georgia Tech, and GNHA hereby form an Alliance to provide GNHA's members and others with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect nursing home employees' health and safety, particularly in reducing and preventing exposure to musculoskeletal disorders (MSD), bloodborne pathogens, falls, workplace violence and other hazards.

     
  2. Implementation Team Membership and Contributors:

    Representatives from OSHA and Georgia Health Care Association conducted all required quarterly meeting by teleconferencing, formal meetings and training sessions on the following dates: 10/10/2007, 01/23/2008, and 07/23/2008.

    Evaluation Period:

    October 1, 2007, through December 31, 2008

     
  3. Events and Products

    Training and Education

    Events
     
    • On October 10, 2007, OSHA and the GTRI conducted an 8-hour safety and health seminar in Stockbridge, GA. The seminar focused several topics including Introduction to OSHA, Pandemic Flu, Recordkeeping, Bloodborne Pathogen, Personal Protective Equipment, Ergonomics, Needlesticks and Electrical safety.
       
    • On October 11, 2007, OSHA and the GTRI conducted an 8-hour safety and health seminar in Gray, GA. The seminar focused several topics including Introduction to OSHA, Pandemic Flu, Recordkeeping, Bloodborne Pathogen, Personal Protective Equipment, Ergonomics, Needlesticks and Electrical safety.
       
    • On October 12, 2007, OSHA and the GTRI conducted an 8-hour safety and health seminar in Savannah, GA. The seminar focused several topics including Introduction to OSHA, Pandemic Flu, Recordkeeping, Bloodborne Pathogen, Personal Protective Equipment, Ergonomics, Needlesticks and Electrical safety.
       
    Products
     
    • None
       
    Outreach and Communication

    Events
     
    • Representative from OSHA and the Georgia Tech Onsite Consultation Program participated in the 2008 GHCA Mid-Winter Conference at the Cobb County Galleria. The event was conducted January 23 - 24, 2008. Safety and health training during the event focused on Pandemic Flu. OSHA also participated in the event as an exhibitor, which was attended by over 1,200 employers and employees.
       
    Products
     
    • None
       
  4. Results

    Refer to the Training and Education events above

     
  5. Upcoming Milestones in FY 2009
     
    • Participation in the 2009 GHCA Mid-Winter Conference. The event is scheduled for January 28 - 29, 2009 at the Cobb County Galleria, in Georgia.
       
    • Schedule and conduct OSHA safety and health seminars - Training planned for February 19 and 20, 2009 in Savannah, February 23 and 24, 2009 in Stockbridge, and March 30 and 31, 2009 in Gray, GA. Pandemic Flu and other related topics will be covered.

       
    Report Prepared by: Jonathan Worrell, CAS

    For more information, contact the Office of Outreach Services and Alliances at 202-6932340 or go to OSHA.