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ALLIANCE ANNUAL REPORT
LAKE COUNTY MEDICAL SOCIETY
July 22, 2008
I. Alliance Background
April 10, 2007
The Lake County Medical Society – OSHA Alliance was developed to provide training and education to targeted healthcare professionals. The team has worked together to develop training materials, handouts and articles to inform medical professionals of the OSHA requirements and methods to correct common hazards in the industry.
Implementation Team Members.
Jane Stein Executive Director of the Lake County Medical Society
Mary Peterson and Kelley Elwood - LCMS
Nancy Hauter, Compliance Assistance Specialist, OSHA
II. Implementation Team Meetings
April 10, 2007 - Alliance signing
May 2, 2007 – OSHA article written for LCMS newsletter
June 25, 2007 – Outreach Training provided for 72 attendees. Handouts and OSHA materials distributed including Pandemic Influenza.
August 15, 2007 – OSHA wrote an article written for LCMS newsletter regarding diacetyl (popcorn) flavorings.
February 22-25, 2007 – There were email discussion as to when to schedule the next training session, what should be covered and the time frame. Next training session is scheduled in Libertyville (Condell Medical Center) October 10, 2008.
March 24, 2008 – Questions were emailed to OSHA from the LCMS regarding the new OSHA poster, 50 OSHA posters were sent to the LCMS as well as an email copy of the pandemic influenza poster for distribution.
III. Activities and Projects
This evaluation is from April 10, 2007 to April 10, 2008.
The alliance has had a positive impact on the healthcare professionals of Lake County Illinois. The participating physicians and office staff have remarked that they have benefitted significantly from the OSHA Update programs and they look forward to them at least annually so they can bring new staff up to speed and keep older staff members on target with regulations that apply to bloodborne pathogens and especially needle stick safety in a medical office setting. It is very helpful for the attendees to have the opportunity to ask questions.
V. Upcoming Milestones.
The next year will have a training session that will focus on the OSHA standards that apply to medical office work sites, including the bloodborne pathogen standard; tips on policies and procedures to help protect employees from risks inherent to medical offices; the importance of Hepatitis B vaccinations; needlestick precautions for any medical setting and suggestions for policies and procedures to help maintain a safe work environment.
Report Prepared by: Jane Stein and Nancy Hauter.