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  1. Alliance Background

    Date Signed.

    This alliance was signed on December 4, 2004

    Alliance Overview.

    The purpose of the alliance is to develop training and education programs targeted to occupational health on a variety of workplace issues.

    Implementation Team Members.

    Kimberly Stille, Area Director
    Leslie Ptak, Compliance Assistance Specialist
    Cindy Groves, RN, BSN, COHN-S
    Lorna Knapp, RN, COHN-S
    Colleen Hasler, MS, RN, COHN-S
    Pat Olson, RN, COHN-S

  2. Implementation Team Meetings

    Meetings were held on these dates: January 20, 2006, February 24, 2006, March 24, 2006, April 21, 2006, May 18, 2006, June 19, 2006, July 14, 2006 and January 26, 2007

  3. Activities and Products

    Evaluation Period.

    This report covers the period of December 30, 2005 to January 26, 2007.

    Alliance Activity.

    Distributed the brochure for the VPPPA Regional Conference to SCWAOHN.

    One of the nurses, Lorna Knapp, RN, COHN-S, assisted with an OSHA project. OSHA has been trying to implement safe patient handling procedures in healthcare across Wisconsin. The Bureau of Quality Assurance offered to let OSHA have input on one of its regulation revisions that affects safe patient handling, HFS 129. HFS 129 mandates the curriculum for certified nursing assistants and specifies that manual transfers of residents (i.e., biomechanics) be taught to CNAs, which is not safe patient handling. Lorna helped develop language for the revised regulation in "Nurses' language” which was extremely helpful as medical personnel revise these curriculums. The revision with the safe patient handling requirements was accepted with no recommendations for change. This was a tremendous accomplishment in the field of safe patient handling in Wisconsin.

    Alliance Products.

    A brochure listing occupational health nurse resources was finalized and distributed to OSHA's stakeholders in Wisconsin. Copies were mailed to Chambers of Commerce across the Madison Area Office territory.

  4. Results

    Because the SCAOHN Board meets quarterly and takes the summers off, the activities of the alliance have been slowed but a meeting was held to determine the agenda and goals for 2007.

  5. Type of Activity
    (Conference, Training, Print and Electronic Distribution, etc.)
    Number of Individuals Reached or Trained
    SCWAOHN brochure 200 chambers of commerce
    Revision of HFS 129 1000+
    TOTAL 1200

  6. Upcoming Milestones

    OSHA plans on offering safety courses to SCWAOHN and allowing SCWAOHN to present to OSHA staff. We also would like to get SCWAOHN presenters involved in AGC-WI and ABC-WI events.

    We are considering a presentation to the nurses on how to develop a business case for occupational health nursing.

    Report Prepared by: Leslie Ptak