Wisconsin Association of Homes and Services for the Aging
Wisconsin Health Care Association
Wisconsin Division of Health Section of Occupational Health
Passing OSHA's Test
As many as half of all nursing homes in Wisconsin soon could find themselves the recipient of a letter from OSHA indicating the agency believes their facility's lost workday injury and illness (LWDII) rates are too high. The letter will give facilities a choice: Agree to participate in OSHA's Cooperative Compliance Program or face traditional inspection and enforcement.
The management staff of all organizations should take action now to ensure that their organizations comply with OSHA regulations to minimize the risk that OSHA will inspect, cite and penalize its home for violations. This training program will discuss OSHA's CCP initiative and how it applies to you; how to implement a safety and health plan; and/or how to audit your OSHA compliance status and prepare for an OSHA inspection.
Don't wait for OSHA compliance officers to come knocking on your door!
Dates and Locations
Monday, January 26,1998
Paper Valley Hotel
333 West College Avenue
Appleton, WI 54913
Tuesday, January 27, 1998
2810 Golf Road
Pewaukee, WI 53187
Thursday, January 29,1998
Holiday Inn Civic Center
205 South Barstow Street
Eau Claire, WI 54701
An OSHA inspection is an experience most employers would rather avoid. Nursing homes hoping to avoid OSHA oversight and inspection will find that task much more difficult, if not impossible, as a nationwide OSHA compliance and enforcement initiative is launched this month. As part of the initiative, as many as 180 of Wisconsin’s nursing homes with lost workday injury and illness (LWDII) rates between 7 and 28 will be identified and asked to participate in its new Collaborative Compliance Program (CCP).
The CCP incorporates a technologically advanced system of data collection to pinpoint problem employers based on injury and illness rates. And if a company’s rates put it on OSHA’s radar screen, they will be given a simple choice: Either you address the hazards in your workplace or OSHA will come and inspect, cite, and possibly fine. It then makes available materials for employers to conduct self-audits, training information, and consulting assistance to get the employer moving in the right direction on better hazard control activities.
Participation in the CCP program also may benefit participating facilities, resulting in: fewer injuries and illnesses; a reduced LWDII rate that translates into reduced worker’s compensation and insurance costs; identification and correction of safety and health hazards; effective worker training; and improved quality of work life. When Wisconsin began its state CCP program as one of the first four CCP pilot states, 80% of the original 200 CCP-participating companies experienced a decrease in lost workday injuries and illness and all employers enjoyed a 19.9% reduction in injury rates between 1994 and 1996. In addition, worker’s compensation rates were reduced for the top 50 employers by 21% and for all employers targeted by 24%. More conclusively, 119 companies on the list actually dropped off of the inspection list when their injury rates no longer qualified them for the “Worst 200” list.
This seminar will help you determine whether OSHA’s CCP initiative applies to you; how to implement a safety and health plan; and/or how to audit your OSHA compliance status and prepare for an OSHA inspection. Here’s just a few of the reasons you should attend:
[Note: In Wisconsin, it is the Department of Commerce and not OSHA that regulates and enforces health and safety requirements in municipal and government- operated facilities.]
This seminar is designed for, but is not limited to, administrators, human resource and personnel professionals, directors of nursing and infection control nurses, safety managers, directors of maintenance, department heads and others responsible for the safety functions within a nursing home’s operations. If your facility is one of those targeted by OSHA, it is especially imperative for management to understand both the costs and the amount of time and resources required in the conditions of agreement in order to participate in the state’s CCP.
Terry Moen, Chief, Section of Occupational Health, Division of Health
James Barry, Environmental Engineer, Section of Occupational Health, Division of Health
John Lupo, Occupational Health Consultant, Section of Occupational Health, Division of Health
Eric Hands, Occupational Health Consultant, Section of Occupational Health, Division of Health
George Gruetzmacher, Advanced Environmental Civil Engineer, Section of Occupational Health, Division of Health
The registration fee to attend this seminar is $75.00 per person. Extensive training materials, including a three-ring binder of seminar handouts, will be provided to each seminar participant. Please send the registration form and the appropriate remittance by January 14, 1998 to Wisconsin Association of Homes and Services for the Aging (WAHSA), 204 South Hamilton Street, Madison, WI 53703.
Please make checks payable to WAHSA.
To receive a copy of the registration form, please click and leave an E-mail your specific request to the WAHSA office.
For Further Information
For additional information, please contact the WAHSA office: Telephone: 608-255-7060; Fax: 608-255-7064; E-Mail: [email protected]
7:45 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.
Registration -- coffee, juice, breakfast pastries, fruit.
8:30 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.
“The New OSHA: Partnership Approaches”
Participants will examine specific risk factors, such as low staffing levels during times of increased activity, isolated work with residents during examinations or treatments, and failure to train staff to recognize and manage escalating hostile or assaultive behavior, which increase the likelihood that a violent act will occur.
10:15 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
“Bloodborne Pathogens and Tuberculosis: What You Need to Know”
12:00 p.m. to 12:45 p.m.
12:45 p.m. to 2:20 p.m.
“Chemical Hazard Communication, Ergonomics and Personal Protective Equipment”
2:20 p.m. to 2:40 p.m.
2:40 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
“Physical Plant Considerations; Assessing Your Facility’s Health & Safety Programs; and The Cost of Noncompliance”
WAHSA has requested six (6.0) hours of continuing education credit from the National Association of Boards of Examiners for Nursing Home Administrators.
Wisconsin Association of Homes and Services for the Aging
204 South Hamilton Street
Madison, WI 53703
Telephone: (608)255-7060 FAX:(608)255-7064