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I. Alliance Background
March 13, 2006
During the three-year alliance, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the state of Illinois On-Site Safety and Health Consultation Service, the Life Services Network and the Life Services Network Trust will provide nursing homes in the state of Illinois with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect employees’ health and safety, particularly in reducing and preventing exposure to safety and health hazards found in nursing homes.
The alliance will also promote and encourage participation in OSHA's cooperative programs. These include compliance assistance, safety and health consultation programs, the Voluntary Protection Programs and the Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program.
Implementation Team Members
Nancy Quick, CAS, Aurora; Rita Mosley, Training Manager, Illinois Onsite Consultation Program; Karen Messer, Life Services Network; and Mike Miller, Life Services Network Trust.
II. Implementation Team Meetings
The Implementation Team Members held two (2) meetings during the year and email contact was maintained throughout the year.
III. Activities and Products
This report covers March 13, 2006 to March 13, 2007.
This year, the Alliance focused on two activities. First, the Alliance members developed and produced a video and companion workbook, entitled “Slips, Trips, and Falls”. The training material addressed a major safety hazard causing work-related injuries to nursing home workers in Illinois – slips, trips, and falls. Although this is the second major cause of work-related injuries in nursing homes, training materials, targeted toward nursing facilities, are not readily available.
The video production was shot at a nursing home member of LSN and starred “real” employees. The companion 30-page workbook was designed so that nursing homes could use it for in-service training, and included case studies. Two thousand DVDs were produced and distributed to Life Services Network, Life Services Network Trust, and the Illinois Council for Long-Term Care, for distribution to their members.
In addition, the Alliance designed and printed several “safety posters”. These companion posters served as continuing reinforcement of the safety training workers received. The technical and financial support of the state of Illinois Onsite Consultation Service made this project possible.
Second, the Alliance members worked on increasing participation in the SHARP. A consultation visit at a LSN Board Member’s facility was scheduled. LSN and LSN Trust intend to promote the SHARP by publicizing the visit to their members.
The Alliance produced a DVD and companion workbook on Slips, trips, and falls in the nursing home industry.
This Alliance provided valuable technical information to nursing homes. More than 200 nursing homes in Illinois were provided with training materials on slips, trips, and falls.
V. Upcoming Milestones
The Alliance Partners will continue to meet to address emerging issues and develop strategies to address those concerns.
Report Prepared by: Nancy M. Quick, Compliance Assistance Specialist, Aurora Area Office.