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Region V OSHA Consultation and American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)
Alliance focuses on providing APTA members and others with information,
guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect
employees' health and safety, particularly in reducing and preventing exposure
to risk factors for musculoskeletal disorders and addressing ergonomic issues.
Implementation Team Members
Implementation Team Members included:
Illinois: Mica Torricelli, Peter McMenamin, PT, MS, OCS; Indiana: Ron Knickrehm,
PT, Sean Keefer and John Duncan, IH; Michigan: John Stevenson, PT, PhD, CEA,
Bill Lykes, Cindy Zastrow, MS; Minnesota: James Collins and Margot Miller, PT;
Ohio: Jean Weaver, PT, MBA, Greg Collins, Wisconsin: Terry Moen, Erin Hussey,
PT, DPT, MS, APTA National Office: Mary Fran Delaune, PT, OSHA Region V, Dana
Root, MS, PT, CPE.
Implementation Team Meetings
May 2007 to April 2008: preparatory meetings to lay ground work for alliance.
April to May: preparation for initial contact with OSHA Consultation and state
physical therapists. Development of talking points, contact lists, resources
available to each state group.
June to July: State wide conference calls between OSHA Consultation and physical
August: APTA National office set up Project Grid and priorities products to work
on. Disseminated to each APTA state chapter.
September: Fact Sheet committee established and Conference presentation
committee established by the physical therapists.
December: OSHA Consultation conference calls and APTA national office conference
call to facilitate alliance planning and preparation. Talking points suggestions
March: Alliance document distribution list and sent for 14 signatures; regional
office, national office and 6 states physical therapist presidents and OSHA
April: finalize talking points for each state OSHA consultation and physical
therapist liaison contact, contact list finalized.
May: to July: State conference calls between OSHA Consultation and physical
therapist liaison. Share working topics and how can help to disseminate safe
patient handling information. Jean Weaver has not contacted or is working with
August: APTA set up continuity of objectives in the presentations for all 6
states. Objectives include, talking points, lifting policies. Fact sheet
preparation committee initial planning. PT Magazine article is in preparation
for nation wide distribution.
September: Fact Sheet conference call to promote SPHM to guide PTs in correct
methods and philosophies. Contact various associations to check on receptiveness
for outreach presentations.
September: Indiana working on Fact Sheet (OSHA John Duncan), Minnesota, (OSHA
Dave Ferkul) working to present at Minnesota PT Conference in March, Michigan (OSHA
Gregg Grubb) will present at Michigan PT Conference in March. Wisconsin (Erin
Hussey with the SPHM Committee) will present at the WPTA conference in March.
Illinois (OSAH Rita Mosey) working with IPTA to develop a team collaboration.
October: Fact Sheet Committee in preparation and review (8 Members).
December: Three Fact Sheets in final draft: SPHM for the healthcare provider,
SPHM Business Case, SPHM for physical therapists.
January: Conference prep for Wisconsin for successes and challenges in clinical
settings (WI committee), preparation for presentations to promote SPHM to
district chapters by knowledgeable committee members.
January: conference call with Illinois OSHA and industry people. No APTA members
on the call.
January: Update of status with Michigan committee.
January: preparation for quotes and information for article into PT Magazine.
February: Process & product status update with Mary Fran Delaune, National APTA
of all committee efforts. PT Magazine article was cancelled for short term.
Module learning presentation in preparation for a 2.5 hour web based learning
module distributed through the APTA website (instructors are Kathy Rockefeller,
Marc Campo, Dana Root).
February: Michigan preparation committee for Spring APTA conference.
March: meeting to discuss goals and plan to evaluate current legislative agenda
opportunities for advancing regulation of ergonomic and safe patient handling,
explore how educators can incorporate curriculum that will foster future
improvements in workplace environments that provide safety for patients and care
givers, develop "best practices" resource of case studies illustrating value
that physical therapy provide to the workplace, use tools developed by the OSHA
sate consultation to connect with key decision makers to dialogue on innovative
solutions to work place injury.
April: planning for Wisconsin Physical Therapy Association Fall Conference
toward implementing safe lift technologies. Topic: Lite Gait, Body Weight
support therapy workshop.
May: Illinois team met with occupational health professionals, HR and employee
health reps to network safe patient handling.
May: Wisconsin Physical Therapy District Meetings: 6 chapter presentations
scheduled, topic is SPHM. Power point prepared.
May: Illinois committee is working to provide support for the house bill dealing
with patient/ee safe handling practices, develop a best practices document, and
work on buy in and outreach within the hospital communities.
Activities and Products
This report covers June, 2008 through June, 2009
September: Safe Patient Handling and Movement to Illinois Physical Therapy
Association (40 attendees) by Jean Weaver, professor at University of Findley.
October: Safe patient Handling and Movement to Ohio Injured Worker presentation
at the Ohio Physical Therapy Association (15 attendees).
December: Fact Sheets final drafts sent to American Physical Therapy Association
on Safe Patient Handling and Movement and the Healthcare Provider, Safe Patient
Handling and Movement and the Business Case, Safe Patient Handling and Movement
and the Physical Therapist. (Will be available for national distribution).
Indiana OSHA actively assists in effort.
March: Safe Patient handling and Movement presentation at the Michigan American
Physical Therapy Association conference (230 attendees with 80 attending the
SPHM session). Michigan OSHA actively assists in presentation effort.
April: Safe Patient handling and Movement presentation at the Minnesota American
Physical Therapy Association conference (30 attendees).
February: learning module webcast in development.
February: preparation and collaboration between OSHA and PT speakers for the
Michigan Physical Therapy Spring Conf.
March: University of Wisconsin La Crosse Student Focused interdisciplinary SPHM
Equipment Fair wit 4 vendors. Students from multiple disciplines (PT, OT, PTA,
OTA, CLS) attended. OSHA assists with booth.
March: A Michigan university faculty member reports to OSHA/APTA committee
member that the Physical Therapy Department curriculum will be revised to add
SPHM principle and methods while extinguishing an overemphasis on body mechanics
for PT students! In progress.
May: University of Wisconsin Milwaukee Physical Therapy class presentation on
Safe Patient Handling and Movement. OSHA assists with presentation.
May: Wisconsin Healthcare Association District meeting, District 1, safe patient
handling program implementation. OSHA assists with presentation.
June: Online training module. The final product should be available in late July
/ early August depending on review schedules.
June: On line Compendium - A resource compendium of resources geared toward
prevention of injuries in healthcare workers as a result of patient handling and
movement i will be accessible to any individual accessing information via APTA
June: Fact Sheet - A series of fact Sheets on SPHM geared toward healthcare
providers, business managers, and physical therapists are in final review and
will be available to any individual accessing information via APTA or OSHA.
State Conferences -A session on safe patient handling and movement at the
Physical Therapy state conference in Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois,
and Ohio. The session was lead by physical therapists and several states teamed
with OSHA Consultation in delivering SPHM information at the session.
Online training module - The online training module will be offered at no cost
for anyone accessing information via APTA or OSHA. The training module is
targeted to all healthcare professionals and incorporates the pertinent
objectives. The final product should be available in late July / early August
depending on review schedules.
On line Compendium - A resource compendium of resources geared toward prevention
of injuries in healthcare workers as a result of patient handling and movement
is under development and will be accessible to any individual accessing
information via APTA or OSHA. These will be available July / early August.
Fact Sheets - A series of fact Sheets on SPHM geared toward targeted populations
are in final review and will be available to any individual accessing
information via APTA or OSHA. These should be available July / early August.
A. Discuss the impact of the Alliance activities and products during the reporting period.
The Alliance between the U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration Region V
and the American Physical Therapy Association has brought attention to physical therapists' role in the
safe handling process and their risk for work-related injuries. Training physical therapists, students
and other healthcare providers in safe patient handling processes provides the impetus for changing the
medical culture to safer methods for lifting, transferring and repositioning patients to substantially reduce
work-related injuries to healthcare providers and physical therapists.
Therapists hold the one of the keys to the success of the safe patient handling process because of
their skills to progress the patient toward their functional goals and protect the healthcare worker
from injury. Plus, they are trainers and role models to the rest of the healthcare staff in safe lifting,
transferring and repositioning issues.
B. Using the table below, list each activity and the number of individuals reached or trained during the reporting period.
Type of Activity (Conference, Training, Print and Electronic Distribution,
Individuals Reached or Trained
Safe Patient Handling and Movement to Illinois Physical Therapy Association
40 trained/400 reached
Safe patient Handling and Movement to Ohio Injured Worker presentation at the
Ohio Physical Therapy Association Conference
15 trained/150 reached
Fact Sheets: Healthcare Provider, Business Case, Physical Therapist for each
discipline, Indiana prime organizer
APTA Website, Nation wide distribution. Plan to link to OSHA website
Safe Patient Handling and Movement presented to Minnesota Physical Therapy
30 trained/300 attended conference
Safe Patient Handling and Movement presented to Michigan Physical Therapy
80 trained/230 attended conf.
University of Wisconsin La Crosse Student Focused interdisciplinary SPHM
90 students and instructors attended/90 reached
University of Wisconsin Milwaukee Physical Therapy class presentation on Safe
Patient Handling and Movement
15 students and one instructor
Wisconsin Healthcare Association chapter meeting, safe patient handling and
10 trained/100 reached
Compendium resource Guide, not member restricted. Final expected in late
APTA website, Nationwide distribution, Planned to linked to OSHA Website
Safe Patient Handling and Movement Training Modules: two hour web based
training for all healthcare providers. Final expected in late summer
6 modules on APTA website with nationwide distribution for all healthcare
providers. Linked to OSHA website.
Federal OSHA or OSHA Consultation presentations: Wisconsin: Wisconsin
Healthcare Association chapter 9 & 10 meeting
Wisconsin Healthcare Association chapter 7 meeting
15 attendees present
15 attendees present
- Upcoming Milestones
Publication of the PT Magazine article on Safe Patient Handling and Movement
Release of the Safe Patient Handling and Movement on-line training modules on the APTA Website with link to the OSHA website.
Release of Fact Sheets with access on APTA website and linked to the OSHA website
Release of on-line Compendium of resources
Continued outreach at Region V Physical Therapy Fall Conferences.
Develop a region wide SPHM conference attended by physical therapists, occupational therapists and nursing in all types of healthcare settings.
Develop physical therapy faculty training module with PT curriculum for students.
Develop small grass roots training modules for chapter meeting training sessions.
Report Prepared by: ______Dana Root, Regional Ergonomics Coordinator _____________
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