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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
    Barry Glashagel, Program Director, Wisconsin Consultation
    Frances Huntley-Cooper, Administrator, Workers Compensation Division

  2. Implementation Team Meetings

    Meetings were held on these dates: 7/19/05, 8/24/05, 9/28/05, 10/27/05, 12/2/05 and 1/13/06.

    Conference calls were held on two dates: 7/19/06 and 9/8/06

  3. Activities and Products

    Evaluation Period.

    This report covers the period July 7, 2005 through September 31, 2006.

    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 the Region 5 Ed Rearick award, Innovator of the Year (award recipient has not been decided at this time).
    • Fifteen radio spots at 60 seconds each for each of three messages per week for a total of 4680 times played
      • Statewide on 78 Wisconsin radio stations.
      • An eight week long campaign from January 23 - March 11, 2006.
      • Radio spots were played Monday through Saturday , 6 am - 7 pm, including drive time
    • 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.
  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. The PSAs were an innovative step in introducing to these stakeholders the use of mechanical lifting devices in patient and client care situations. This initiative helped the health and personal care industries because it showed that the industry had the support of government and various stakeholder agencies.

    2. 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

    The alliance team is in the process of deciding on another project. It is possible that they will stick to the healthcare/safe patient and resident handling issues.

    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 website.