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American Physical Therapy Association & OSHA Consultation Region V
June 2009 through June 2010

  1. Alliance Background

    Date Signed:

    June 2008

    Alliance Overview

    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:

    Mica Torricelli
    PT, MS, OCS - Illinois
    Peter McMenamin
    PT, MS, OCS - Illinois
    Ron Knickrehm
    PT - Indiana
    Sean Keefer
    PT - Indiana
    John Duncan
    HI - Indiana
    John Stevenson
    PT, PhD, CEA - Michigan
    Bill Lykes
    MS - Michigan
    Cindy Zastrow
    MS - Michigan
    James Collins
    PT - Minnesota
    Margot Miller
    PT - Minnesota
    Jean Weaver
    PT, MBA - Ohio
    Greg Collins
    PT - Ohio
    Terry Moen
    PT, DPT, MS, APTA - Wisconsin
    Erin Hussey
    PT, DPT, MS, APTA - Wisconsin
    Mary Fran Delaune
    PT, OSHA Region V - National Office
    Dana Root
    MS, PT, CPE - National Office
  2. Implementation Team Meetings

    July: Indiana Physical Therapy volunteers and OSHA Consultation reviewed final draft of Fact Sheets

    January: Final edits of the Continuing Education online "Course on Safe Patient Handling and Movement" by Dr. Ken Harwood, Vice President, APTA Practice and Education

    Illinois: no team meetings scheduled

    Indiana: no team meetings scheduled

    Michigan: the Michigan PTA contact changed and no new contact identified to OSHA Consultation, no meetings scheduled

    Minnesota: no team meetings scheduled

    Ohio: no meetings for conference preparations were scheduled. OPTA contacts attempted repeatedly to get information and support from National APTA. There was no follow up from the APTA.

    Wisconsin: Several conferences were planned by WPTA volunteers to organize SPHM sessions in the Fall and Spring Conferences.

  3. Activities and Products

    Evaluation Period

    This report covers June, 2009 through June, 2010.

    Alliance Activity

    July: final review of draft copies of the three Facts Sheets

    September: review of the draft version of Safe Patient Handling and Movement: Evolving Guidelines for Healthcare Workers power point presentation created by APTA National Office

    October: Fall WPTA conference Safe Lift "equipment fair" for students and faculty

    October: first draft of On-line Resource Compendium completed by the National APTA

    February: West central district of WPTA presentation on safe patient handling, WPTA committee members (Erin Hussey, Susan Burtch, Jim Todd) - 2 hours on a Wednesday.

    April: Wisconsin PTA Spring State Conference, with presentation: Work Ergonomics in Health Care: Risks and Safety for Health Care Providers / Rehabilitation impact for clients

    May: Wisconsin PTA Fall State Conference Safe Lift "equipment fair" for students and faculty

    Alliance Products

    July: final draft copy of the fact sheets: Safe Patient Handling and movement, "My patients are hurting me", Caregiver fact sheet, sent to the APTA headquarters sent to APTA Art Department.

    Proposed work in progress products or products not completed:

    • 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
    • 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.

    State Conferences

    • Spring and Fall Wisconsin PTA conferences with sessions on SPHM and rehabilitation.
  4. Results
    1. 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 had very little activity during the second year. Volunteer efforts by the APTA members were difficult to sustain due to "other commitments." The Michigan and Illinois OSHA Consultation tried to muster interest from the physical therapy contacts, but without success. The Ohio PTA tried to muster interest within the state and sought assistance from the National APTA, but without success.
    2. Using the table below, list each activity and the number of individuals reached or trained during the reporting period.


  5. Type of Activity (Conference, Training, Print and Electronic Distribution, etc.) Number of Individuals Reached or Trained
    Wisconsin PTA Fall State Conference Safe Lift "equipment fair" for students and faculty 50 trained/500 reached
    West central district of WPTA presentation on safe patient handling, WPTA committee members - 2 hours. 30 trained/300 reached
    Wisconsin PTA Spring State Conference presentation: Work Ergonomics in Health Care: Risks and Safety for Health Care Providers / Rehabilitation impact for clients 50 trained/500 reached
  6. Upcoming Milestones

    Terminate alliance due to reduced interest by state and national stakeholders.

Report Prepared by: Dana Root, Regional Ergonomics Coordinator

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

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