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Illinois Health Care Association


February 11, 2009

  1. Alliance Background

    Date Signed:

    December 11, 2006

    Alliance renewed for 3 years

    Alliance Overview

    Alliance to provide IHCA 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

    Peggy Zweber, CAS, Peoria and Debbie Belt, Director of Training, IHCA were the implementation team members until Peggy retired. Brian Bothast represented the Peoria OSHA office after Peggy retired in May 2008.

  2. Implementation Team Meetings

    Peggy Zweber and Debbie Belt had email contact, but no specific training or outreach was completed during the first part of the year.

    On January 28, 2008, following discussions with Debbie Belt, Brian submitted an application to speak at the IHCA conference in Peoria, Illinois.

    February 22, 2008, Brian Bothast had discussions with Debbie Belt to address options for the alliance for 2008. Brian and Debbie addressed possible topics and methods that could be used to help the IHCA members meet the OSHA requirements.

    On November 10, 2008, Brian Bothast met with Ms. Belt and developed a list of issues the IHCA would like to see OSHA address for their members in 2009 and set up outreach sessions throughout the state.

  3. Activities and Products

    Evaluation Period

    This report covers December 11, 2008 - December 11, 2009

    Alliance Activity

    As a part of the Alliance, Brian Bothast of the Peoria Area Office spoke at the IHCA Annual Conference, on September 9, 2008, in Peoria, Illinois. The IHCA Annual Conference is the major event for their membership. Brian's presentation addressed the local and national emphasis programs, personal protective equipment, hexavalent chrome, bloodborne pathogens, hazard communication, recordkeeping, lockout, asbestos, electrical, emergency preparedness, and ergonomic hazards.

    Alliance Products

    A handout was provided for participants at the conference addressing information on fall hazards, powered industrial vehicle training requirements and a vehicle inspection checklist, lead, silica, amputation hazards, personal protective equipment requirements, hexavalent chrome exposure from welding on stainless steel, common violations of the bloodborne pathogen standard, the hazard communication requirements, OSHA recordkeeping requirements, lockout, asbestos, electrical, emergency preparedness, and ergonomic hazards.

  4. Results

    Although our contact was limited in the first year, the IHCA Annual Conference is a major contact as their membership of over 400 long-term care facilities, is throughout the state of Illinois, so to be invited to speak at this conference is a significant contribution to this alliance.

    Type of Activity

    Number of Individuals Reached or Trained

    IHCA Annual Conference - Peoria, IL 30 participants
    TOTAL 30
  5. Upcoming Milestones

    Brian Bothast has completed a call for presentations for the IHCA conference in September, 2009, and should hear if he was accepted in May, 2009.

    Brian Bothast and Nancy Quick completed OSHA training for IHCA members at three separate training sessions throughout the State of Illinois in lat January, 2009.

    Brian Bothast developed an emergency action compliance checklist that was used at the training session and will be disseminated to members to ensure they meet the OSHA requirements.

Report prepared by: Brian Bothast

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