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July 7, 2005 and renewed in July of 2008.
Implementation Team Members.
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
Promote the use of OSHA, Wisconsin Onsite Consultation Programs, technical and
training assistance and participation in cooperative programs by Onsite
Improve the safety and health performance of employers that receive outreach,
training and other assistance service (i.e. mentoring, Onsite Consultation,
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
Administrator, Workers Compensation Division
Implementation Team Meetings
Meetings were held on these dates: November 12, 2008, December 23, 2008, June 4,
2009, August 26, 2009 and October 29, 2009.
Activities and Products
This report covers the period September 4, 2008 through November 13, 2009.
Alliance Activity and Product.
This alliance worked on the topic of fatigue in the workplace, its effects on
employees' safety and health and issues employers should consider when
scheduling employees for long work shifts. As there are no consensus standards
for workplace fatigue, this initiative involved a lot of research to find and
evaluate the science behind workplace fatigue and whether it's potential to
affect workplace safety and health has been documented in the literature. The
team worked hard to obtain evidence of specific risk factors related to
workplace fatigue and to try to determine if control measures are available.
The team developed a blog-based internet survey that anyone could access and
complete. The team's intention was to have employers and employees complete the
survey's 12 questions with the expectation that the data obtained might point to
interesting associations between real-world work environments and the
information known so far about workplace fatigue. The data from this survey is
in the process of final analysis and we expect the results to be compiled in the
next phase of this alliance period.
The alliance decided to develop materials that employers, employees and others
could use to raise the level of awareness and discussion of this topic. These
materials are in the form of a Power Point presentation that lays out the
background and science behind workplace fatigue as well as its effects on work
performance, including examples of accidents where fatigue was found to be an
underlying contributing factor. These materials also include reference to
control measures that individuals can consider in trying to minimize workplace
The Power Point and the materials used to compile the presentation will be
posted on a web site which the committee intends as a 'toolkit' for individuals
looking for information on workplace fatigue. This web site will be developed in
the next phase of the alliance period.
The online survey has been completed by more than 360 people and we are in
the process of evaluating the data.
The Power Point has been presented to four different audiences by OSHA staff:
Wisconsin Safety Council Fall Conference (9-9-08) - 30 attendees
Chicagoland Construction Safety Day (2-18-09) - 20 attendees
VPPPA Regional Conference in Madison (5-27-09) - 40 attendees
Wisconsin Safety Council Wellness Conference (8-4-09) - 40 attendees
One of the committee members who works for the Wisconsin Hospital Association
has presented the Power Point to six different healthcare-related audiences for
a total audience of about 120 people. She also references the presentation when
she meets with policy makers. She also posted it on the WHA web site for use by
anyone visiting the site.
The web page which will become the tool kit for stakeholders is due to be
completed within the next few months.
The committee is still active and we are in the process of wrapping up this
Type of Activity
(Conference, Training, Print and Electronic Distribution, etc.)
Number of Individuals Reached or Trained
|Online Survey and visitors to web site
Report Prepared by: Leslie Ptak, Compliance Assistance Specialist, Madison OSHA.
For more information, contact the Office of Outreach Services and Alliances at
202-693-2340 or go to OSHA's