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ANNUAL LAKE COUNTY MEDICAL SOCIETY ALLIANCE REPORT
June 23, 2009

  1. 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

     
  2. Implementation Team Meetings

    July 22-31, 2008
    – The implementation worked on the 2007-2008 annual alliance report.
    October 1-2, 2008 – There were email discussion as to when to training session content that was conducted October 10. The session was held in Libertyville (Advocate Condell Medical Center).
    November 5-12, 2008 – There were email discussion and work conducted on developing a checklist to provide physician office managers information on how to update their hazard communication and bloodborne pathogen programs.
    Jan. 26-Feb. 5, 2009 – There was email discussions as to when to schedule the next training session, what should be covered and the time frame. Next training session is scheduled in Libertyville (Advocate Condell Medical Center) August 20, 2009

      
  3. Activities and Products

    Evaluation Period.

    This evaluation is from April 10, 2008 to April 10, 2009.

    Alliance Activity.

    • Training and Education:
      • Training session was held and well received regarding the hazards of healthcare professionals and OSHA requirements.
    • Outreach and Communication
      • A checklist was updated to provide physician office managers guidance on how to update OSHA hazard communication and bloodborne pathogen updates.
    • 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
      • A checklist was updated to provide physician office managers guidance on how to update OSHA hazard communication and bloodborne pathogen updates.
      • Newsletter warning members of a scam where people posing as OSHA trying to come into the workplace and conduct inspections.
      • OSHA safety reminders are also sent in periodic email messages to LCMS members and staff.
    • Promoting the National Dialogue on Safety and Health
      • Continual openness between organizations has encouraged dialogue and questions from healthcare professionals.
     
  4. 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 in a medical office setting. It is very helpful for the attendees to have the opportunity to ask questions. The OSHA update classes have provided LCMS with useful reminders and new information on current OSHA regulations. This has been useful for articles in the newsletters prepared for the members of the Lake County Medical Society and their medical office staff.
     
    Type of Activity (Conference, Training, Print and Electronic Distribution, etc.) Number of Individuals Reached or Trained
    Training Session 39
    Articles (1) 300
    OSHA publications distributed (including pandemic influenza) 150
    Safety Reminder 600
    TOTAL 1089

     
  5. Upcoming Milestones

    The next year will have a training session that will focus on writing and updating the exposure control plan. The session will also include the most frequently cited OSHA standards that apply to medical office work site and emerging infectious diseases.


    Report Prepared by: Jane Stein and Nancy Hauter

    For more information, contact the Office of Outreach Services and Alliances at 202-693-2340 or go to OSHA.