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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
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
Illinois: no team meetings scheduled
Indiana: mo 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.
Activities and Products
This report covers June, 2009 through June, 2010.
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 y
APTA National Office
October: Fall WPTA conference Safe Lift "equipment fair" for students and
October: first draft of On-line Resource Compendium completed by the National
February: West central district of WPTA presentation on safe patient handling,
WPTA committee members (Erin Hussey, Susan Burtch, Jim Todd) - 2 hours on a
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
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
- 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
- Develop small grass roots training modules for chapter meeting training
- Spring and Fall Wisconsin PTA conferences with sessions on SPHM and
- Discuss the impact of the Alliance activities and products during the
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.
- 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
||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
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.