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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), EAP Lifestyle Management, Safe State, and Deep South Center, Mercy Medical, HealthSouth, Community Health Systems, Inc and Thomas Hospital recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. OSHA, EAP Lifestyle Management, Safe State, Deep South Center, Mercy Medical, HealthSouth, Community Health Systems, Inc., and Thomas Hospital hereby form an Alliance to provide healthcare workers and others with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect employee's health and safety, particularly in reducing and preventing exposure to workplace violence issues. Each year it is estimated that there are over 9,000 health care workers each day who experience workplace violence in the workplaces. In developing this Alliance, OSHA, EAP, Deep South Center, Mercy Medical, Healthsouth, Thomas Hospital, Community Health Systems, Inc and Safe State recognize that OSHA's State Plan and Consultation Project partners are an integral part of the OSHA national effort.

OSHA to the extent its resources permit, EAP Lifestyle Management, Safe State, Mercy Medical, Community Health Systems, Inc, Thomas Hospital, HealthSouth, and Deep South Center will work together to achieve the following training and education goals:

  • Work with OSHA to provide expertise to develop training and education programs for healthcare workers on workplace violence issues, and to provide expertise in communicating such information to employers and employees in the industry.

  • Deliver and/or arrange for the delivery of training on workplace violence prevention and follow-up.

OSHA to the extent its resources permit, EAP Lifestyle Management, Safe State, Mercy Medical, HealthSouth, Community Health Systems Inc., Thomas Hospital, and Deep South Center will work together to achieve the following outreach and communication goals:

  • Work with OSHA to provide expertise in developing information and material on the recognition and prevention of on workplace violence, and to provide expertise in developing ways of communicating such information (e.g. print and electronic media, electronic assistance tools and OSHA, EAP, Deep South Center, Thomas Hospital and Safe State's Web sites) to employers and employees in the industry.

  • Develop and disseminate information at conferences, events, or through print and electronic media, including links from OSHA's, Safe State's, and EAP Lifestyle's Web sites.

  • Speak, exhibit, or appear at participating organization's meetings or other events and hold a statewide workplace violence conference for healthcare workers.

  • Share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding participant's best practices or effective approaches and publicize results through outreach by the participants and through OSHA- or the EAP Lifestyle Management, Safe State, Mercy Medical, HealthSouth, Community Health Systems Inc., Thomas Hospital, and Deep South Center developed materials, training programs, workshops, seminars, and lectures (or any other applicable forum).

OSHA to the extent its resources permit, EAP Lifestyle Management, Safe State, Mercy Medical, HealthSouth, Community Health Systems, Inc., Thomas Hospital, and Deep South Center will work together to achieve the following goals related to promoting the national dialogue on workplace violence:

  • Raise others' awareness of and demonstrate their own commitment to workplace safety and health whenever target groups are addressed.

  • Publicize statistical data regarding workplace violence in healthcare through print or electronic media, promotion at conferences, or other means of outreach.

  • Convene or participate in forums, round table discussions, or stakeholder meetings on workplace violence problems to help forge innovative solutions.

An implementation team made up of representatives of all organizations will meet to develop a plan of action, determine working procedures, and identify the roles and responsibilities of the participants. In addition, they will meet at least quarterly to track and share information on activities and results in achieving the goals of the Alliance.

This agreement will remain in effect for two years from the date of signing and will be automatically renewed annually. This agreement may be modified at any time with the concurrence of all signatories and may be terminated for any reason within 30 days written notice to all other signatories and their organizations that are represented from any signatory.





 
Ken Nishiyama-Atha
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Mobile Area Office


 
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Patricia Vanderpool
EAP Lifestyle Management, LLC


 
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Dr. William Weems
Safe State Program
University of Alabama


 
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Elizabeth H. Maples
Deep South Center for Occupational Health & Safety
University of Alabama at Birmingham
 


 
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Philip L. Cusa
Thomas Hospital
Infirmary Health System


 
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Trish White
Community Health Systems, Inc.


 
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Henry Bishop
Mercy Medical


 
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Ernest J. McCormick
Healthsouth


 
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