Registration Open for Workplace Safety Training

Posted on January 25, 2019

The MHA Board of Trustees has designated workplace safety as a major area of focus for the 2019-2020 program year, and the association and the MHA Keystone Center are planning several initiatives to address the issue.

The MHA Keystone Center Patient Safety Organization (PSO) has initiated an in-depth analysis of workplace safety-related data. The MHA asks that each member organization complete the Michigan Workplace Safety Assessment by Feb. 14. The assessment is designed to collect high-level baseline data about current efforts on workplace safety and to gauge statewide interest in collaborative participation. 

For ease in gathering the requested information, a complete copy of the survey is available in a printable format. However, all responses must be submitted to the MHA via the online survey link. Following the assessment, the MHA invites member organizations to participate in a new collaborative to identify, develop and implement workplace safety risk-reduction strategies. A day-long kickoff meeting for this collaborative will be held March 11 at the VisTaTech Center – Schoolcraft College, Livonia. Registration is free and open to all MHA members. Members with questions may contact the MHA Keystone Center.

Also being offered in March is training to de-escalate violent behavior that can happen in numerous situations. Understanding how perpetrators behave is key to managing threats and the ability to effectively intervene to decrease threats is dependent on training and experience. The MHA will host workplace safety training, Techniques for Effective Aggression Management, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 4 in Okemos, March 5 in Saginaw, March 6 in St. Ignace, and March 7 in Marquette. Participants will:

  • Recognize factors and hazards that can contribute to aggression or violence.
  • Identify threats and take appropriate responses.
  • Use effective strategies to enhance communication and build relationships.
  • Apply the TEAM® Aggression CycleSM technique to verbally de-escalate and manage volatile situations.
  • Employ progressive behavior control methods, which are discussed in accordance with The Joint Commission and CMS restraint and seclusion guidelines.

The four-hour training is interactive, engaging participants in simulations, and is based on real healthcare experiences. TEAM® was developed by the MHA Service Corporation’s endorsed business partner HSS and has been designed exclusively for healthcare workers, including professional support staff and volunteers. TEAM® is fully compliant with The Joint Commission, CMS, OSHA, DNV (NIAHO), and NIOSH guidelines.

Members must register for the training at a rate of $100 per person and select a date and location from the choices shown above. Attendance at each location is limited and will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis. Questions about the training should be directed to Erin Steward at the MHA. Questions about registration should be directed to Erica Leyko at the MHA.

Workplace safety will also be addressed during the MHA Keystone Center Patient Safety Organization Annual Meeting scheduled for March 6 in Dearborn (see related article).

Tags: MHA Keystone Center, workplace safety, HSS

Posted in: Issues in Healthcare, Patient Safety & Quality, Top Issues - Healthcare

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