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  1. Alliance Background

    Date Signed.

    July 7, 2005

    Alliance Overview.
    • Enhance outreach activities and training programs to improve business awareness of OSHA's rules, safety and health management systems and cooperative programs as well improve the awareness of the Wisconsin Onsite Consultation Programs Services.
    • Promote the use of OSHA, Wisconsin Onsite Consultation Programs, technical and training assistance and participation in cooperative programs by Onsite Consultation.
    • Improve the safety and health performance of employers that receive outreach, training and other assistance service (i.e. mentoring, Onsite Consultation, hazard identification).
    Implementation Team Members.

    Kimberly Stille, Area Director, Madison
    George Yoksas, Area Director Milwaukee
    Mark Hysell, Area Director, Eau Claire
    Mel Lischefski, Area Director, Appleton
    Terry Moen, Program Director, Wisconsin Consultation Frances Huntley-Cooper, Administrator, Workers Compensation Division

  2. Implementation Team Meetings

    Meetings were held on these dates: 10/27/06, 9/12/07, 5/9/07, 7/26/07, 10/12/07, 1/15/08, 2/26/08. 5/8/08, 6/5/08, 7/10/08, and 8/7/08.

  3. Activities and Products

    Evaluation Period.

    This report covers the period October 13, 2006 through September 4, 2008.

    Alliance Activity and Product.
    • This alliance promoted the Dialogue on Safety and Health with regards to safe patient handling in healthcare facilities. Over a period of months the members developed and found funding for a radio campaign that made public throughout Wisconsin the problems with manual transfers of patients and clients and the benefits of safe patient/resident devices.
    • This campaign was so innovative that it was nominated for and won the US Department of Labor Compliance Assistance Award (Wisconsin Safety Partnership Team) and a success story was written by the National Office and posted on the OSHA web site.
    • A total of 35 persons gave their time, resources and expertise in the development of the PSA campaign, too numerous to list in this report.
    • Since the completion of the PSA project, this alliance has strived to select another project with which to focus its time and resources. The new topic is fatigue in the workplace and the aim is to develop a presentation, and perhaps other materials, and use the conference structure already in place (Wisconsin Safety Council Conferences, safety days, etc.) to have alliance members present on the topic. Non-signatory alliance stakeholders participating in this effort include: SEIU, Wisconsin Hospital Association, WisCon, DHFS, Johnson Insurance and American Family Insurance.
    • A draft presentation has been completed and two sessions at various conferences are already scheduled, one for the end of FY 08 and another for FY 09.

  4. Results

    1. The result of the radio spots is that the general public, which consists of current and future healthcare industry stakeholders (families, patients/clients and/or healthcare/personal care workers), could learn about mechanical lifting devices (perhaps for the first time ever) so that they would not be surprised when they saw one used in a healthcare or personal care situation.
    2. Results for the new topic will be evaluated once the presentations are under way and will be reported in next year's report of this alliance.

    Type of Activity
    (Conference, Training, Print and Electronic Distribution, etc.)
    Number of Individuals Reached or Trained
    Public Service Announcement Campaign 250,000

  5. Upcoming Milestones

    It is recommended that the alliance be renewed for another three year period. The Madison OSHA office is in the process of getting the extension approved by the signatories.

    Report Prepared by: Leslie Ptak, Compliance Assistance Specialist, Madison OSHA.