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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)
March 5, 2010

  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 GNHAs 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: 01/28/2009, 02/23/2009, 03/26/2009, 03/30/2009, 08/19/2009, 08/27/2009 and 12/21/2009

    Evaluation Period:

    December 31, 2008, through December 31, 2009

     
  3. Events and Products

    Training and Education

    Events
     
    • On February 23 & 24, 2009, 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. The second day of each seminar was 8 hours of training on Preparing for Pandemic Flu and H1N1 under a Susan B. Harwood grant.
       
    • On March 26 & 27, 2009, 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. The second day of each seminar was 8 hours of training on Preparing for Pandemic Flu and H1N1 under a Susan B. Harwood grant.
       
    • On March 30 & 31, 2009, 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. The second day of each seminar was 8 hours of training on Preparing for Pandemic Flu and H1N1 under a Susan B. Harwood grant.
       
    • On August 19 & 20, 2009, OSHA and the GTRI conducted an 8-hour safety and health seminar in Cartersville, GA. The seminar focused several topics including Introduction to OSHA, Pandemic Flu, Recordkeeping, Bloodborne Pathogen, Personal Protective Equipment, Ergonomics, Needle sticks and Electrical safety. The second day of each seminar was 8 hours of training on Preparing for Pandemic Flu and H1N1 under a Susan B. Harwood grant.
       
    • On August 27 & 28, 2009, OSHA and the GTRI conducted an 8-hour safety and health seminar in Tifton, GA. The seminar focused several topics including Introduction to OSHA, Pandemic Flu, Recordkeeping, Bloodborne Pathogen, Personal Protective Equipment, Ergonomics, Needle sticks and Electrical safety. The second day of each seminar was 8 hours of training on Preparing for Pandemic Flu and H1N1 under a Susan B. Harwood grant.
    Products
     
    • None
    Outreach and Communication

    Events
     
    • In January 28 - 29, 2009, representative from OSHA and the Georgia Tech Onsite Consultation Program participated in the 2009 GHCA Mid-Winter Conference at the Cobb County Galleria. 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. The handout materials provided for the attendees focused on Pandemic Flu, Bloodborne Pathogens, and Respiratory Protection.
    Products
     
    • None
       
  4. Results

    Outreach Activities
     
    Date Activity Impact/ Participants
    January 28 - 29, 2009 2009 GHCA Mid-Winter Conference at the Cobb County, GA 1,200
    February 23 & 24, 2009 Health and Safety Seminar - Stockbridge, GA 45
    March 26 & 27, 2009 Health and Safety Seminar - Savannah, GA 52
    March 30 & 31, 2009 Health and Safety Seminar - Gray, GA 50
    August 19 & 20, 2009 Health and Safety Seminar - Cartersville, GA 51
    August 27 & 28, 2009 Health and Safety Seminar - Tifton, GA 48
     
  5. Upcoming Milestones in FY 2010 - 11
     
    • Participation in the 2010 GHCA Mid-Winter Conference. The event was conducted on January 19 22, 2010, at the Galleria in Cobb County, Georgia
    • Schedule and conduct OSHA safety and health seminars - Training planned for throughout the State. These events will focus on Pandemic Flu and other related health and safety topics.
    • Participation in the 2011 GHCA Mid-Winter Conference, which is scheduled for.

       
    Report Prepared by: _Jonathan Worrell, CAS

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


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