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July 22, 2008

I.  Alliance Background

Date Signed

April 10, 2007

Alliance Overview.

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

Evaluation Period

This evaluation is from April 10, 2007 to April 10, 2008.

Alliance Activity.
  • Training and Education:
    • Training session was held and well received regarding the hazards of healthcare professionals and OSHA requirements.
  • Outreach and Communication
    • Two articles regarding occupational safety and health were written for the newsletter.
  • Promoting the National Dialogue on Safety and Health
    • The alliance has provided an “open door” policy where members of the healthcare profession are comfortable asking OSHA questions.
Alliance Products
  • Training and Education
    • Medical office specific training materials were developed by the LCMS and distributed at the training session. It is also available through the society.
  • Outreach and Communication
    • OSHA articles were published in the newsletter.
  • Promoting the National Dialogue on Safety and Health
    • Continual openness between organizations has encouraged dialogue and questions from healthcare professionals.
IV.  Results

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.

Type of Activity (Conference, Training, Print and Electronic Distribution, etc.) Number of Individuals Reached or Trained
Training Session 72
Articles (2) 600
OSHA publications distributed (including pandemic influenza) 150

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.