Wisconsin Association of Homes and Services for the Aging
Wisconsin Health Care Association

and the
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
Country Inn
2810 Golf Road
Pewaukee, WI 53187

Thursday, January 29,1998
Holiday Inn Civic Center
205 South Barstow Street
Eau Claire, WI 54701

Seminar Overview

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:

  • Discover how to create a safer workplace while realizing savings in worker’s compensation rates, insurance costs and lost productivity.