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  1. Alliance Background

    Date Signed:

    August 23, 2002

    Date November, 2005 Alliance Renewed for 3 years

    Alliance Overview

    The purpose of the Alliance is to provide Illinois Council on Long Term Care 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 blood, ergonomic, chemical, electrical and physical hazards and for the implementation of effective safety and health programs.

    Implementation Team Members

    Nancy Hauter, CAS, Chicago North, Robert Leonard, CSHO Calumet City and Terry Sullivan, Director of ICLTC
  2. Implementation Team Meetings

    OSHA, Illinois On-site Consultation Service, and ICLTC met during the year. OSHA’s relationship with the Council began in 1992. The relationship building and Safety and Health program development stages have evolved. Most contact was made by E-mail and telephone. The council regularly requests clarification on OSHA standards and encourages their members to seek answers from OSHA’s area offices. The Council’s newsletter publishes every request by OSHA. Every council member uses a safety and health program that was developed with OSHA’s guidance in 1994. The program was updated in 1998 and again in 2001. Council members were retrained when the updates were released. OSHA, Illinois On-site Consultation Service and ICLTC main contact during this reporting period has been through training sessions.

    There has been 1 training session conducted with OSHA. The session was announced in the Council’s newsletters and many homes were encouraged to attend.

    This office combines the nursing home sessions with members of the Illinois Council on Long Term Care, Illinois Health Care Association and The Life Services Network.

    When the renewal of the ICLTC Alliance was discussed with the Council, Terry Sullivan expressed his satisfaction with the relationship.
  3. Activities and Products

    Evaluation Period.
    This report covers January 2008 to January 2009
    Alliance Activity.

    As a part of the Alliance, The Chicago OSHA Offices in Illinois conducted 1 training session in the Chicago Area for nursing homes in the Illinois Council on Long Term Care. The session covered: recordkeeping, general nursing home hazards, ergonomics and limited lifting programs.

    One ICLTC member continues to support and help OSHA in conjunction with the Abbott Laboratory Alliance, by updating on the how safety has paid since they instituted a no lift policy.

    Alliance Products.

    The Council’s Safety and Health Program, which was developed and updated with OSHA’s guidance, is available to all nursing homes through the Council.
  4. Results

    Year after year very few of the Council’s members appear on the list of high injury and illness work sites. We have discussed ways to recognize homes with the lowest Injury and illness rates.

    The Statewide training activity reached 200 nursing home representatives, affecting 2000 nursing home employees. As the nursing home communities, through their internal training sessions, share information and their safety and health program.

    Type of Activity Number of Individuals Reached or Trained
    IL Council on Long Term Care - May 22, 2008 Session 90 attendees
    TOTAL 90

  5. Upcoming Milestones

  6. The implementation team is planning to increase the number of training session for 2009.
    Report Prepared by: Bob Leonard - Calumet City Area Office and Nancy Hauter, Compliance Assistance Specialist, OSHA Chicago North Area Office