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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
And the
Missouri Hospital Association (MHA)

Evaluation period: March 26, 2018 – March 26, 2019

  1. Alliance Background

    1. Date Signed: March 26, 2018

    2. Alliance Effective Dates: March 26, 2018 – March 26, 2020

    3. Overview

      The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Region VII and the Missouri Hospital Association (MHA) through the Alliance and health organizations will address musculoskeletal disorders related to patient handling; bloodborne pathogen and infection control; tuberculosis; slip, trip, and falls; and workplace violence hazards. The Alliance will also explore and implement several options to evaluate alliance effectiveness and measure the impact of its overall effort on improving workplace safety for employers, and workers in the healthcare industry.

    4. Implementation Team Members


      Elizabeth Morales- Compliance Assistance Specialist & Point of Contact
      Jo Beth Cholmondeley- Safety and Health Manager/ Alliance Coordinator

      Alliance participants

      Leslie Porth, Senior Vice President of Strategic Quality Initiatives
      Jackie Gatz, Vice President of Safety and Preparedness
      Jane Drummond, General Counsel, and Vice President of Legal Affairs
      Sarah Willson, Vice President of Clinical Regulatory Affairs

  2. Implementation Team Meetings

    • April 15, 2018 – Members of the implementation team had an initial discussion by phone conference of 2018 activities as alliance was finalized.
    • August 6, 2018 – Members of the implementation team held a conference call to discuss participation in the 2018 Safe and Sound Week social media and communication strategy.
    • October 5, 2018 – Members of the implementation team held a conference call to explore the feasibility of an OSHA Vendor Booth at annual MHA Preparedness and Safety Conference. OSHA was unable to attend because it was cost prohibitive.
    • April 3, 2019 – OSHA and MHA held a conference call to discuss the information for the OSHA Annual Report. There was also a discussion of the upcoming outreach activities, where OSHA will be participating during this next year.

    In addition to these formal meetings, the Alliance coordinators from both groups maintained regular contact throughout the reporting period to monitor the Alliance's progress and results.

  3. Results

    The following table summarizes the Alliance's activities in support of the goals in the Alliance agreement.

    Raising Awareness of OSHA's Rulemaking and Enforcement Initiatives
    Activity Type Activity Name/Summary OSHA Areas of Emphasis Supported Number Reached
    ExhibitMO Department of Labor and Industrial Relations Safe at Work exhibited at MHA's Annual Emergency Preparedness and Safety Conference, October 18-19, 2018Workplace Violence 160
    OtherMHA established a statewide definition of workplace violence in March 2018, developed a policy repository and launched data collection portal to quantify the prevalence of workplace violence in health care facilities. Workplace Violence 145 hospitals
    Training and Education
    Activity Type Activity Name/Summary OSHA Areas of Emphasis Supported Number Reached
    TrainingFour regional workshops to support safe care environments during spring 2018 - engaging hospitals, Emergency Medical Services, and law enforcement partners
    • April 12, 2018; Blue Springs, Mo.
    • April 26, 2018; Springfield, Mo.
    • May 1, 2018; St. Peters, Mo.
    • May 10, 2018; Cape Girardeau, Mo.
    Workplace Violence 160
    Outreach and Communication:
    Activity Type Activity Name/Summary OSHA Areas of Emphasis Supported Number Reached
    DisseminationMissouri Hospital Association (MHA) actively engaged in Safe and Sound Week during August 2018 - member emails and daily newsletters highlighting current initiatives Workplace Violence, Human Trafficking, Infection Prevention1000+ listserv
    TOTAL  1465
  4. Evaluations

    No evaluations conducted during this reporting period.

  5. Upcoming Milestones

    • Workplace Violence Prevention Workshops (3)
        June 10-14, 2019
        Blue Springs, Missouri; Springfield Missouri; and Chesterfield, Missouri
    • Quality and Safety Convening
        July 25, 2019
        Columbia, Missouri
    • Annual Emergency Preparedness and Safety Conference
        October 9-11, 2019
        Osage Beach, Missouri

    Report prepared by:

    • Jackie Gatz, Vice President Safety and Preparedness - Missouri Hospital Association, May 7, 2019.
    • Elizabeth Morales, Compliance Assistance Specialist – OSHA Region 7, Regional Office, May 7, 2019.
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