Leadership Corner: Workplace Safety Ongoing Focus of MHA

Posted on June 06, 2019

The Leadership Corner features monthly updates from the MHA leadership team. The updates will provide new insights to patient safety and quality as well as information obtained from healthcare workshops and conferences across the country.

Adam Novak, MA, CPPS, director, safety initiatives, MHA Keystone Center, discusses how the MHA and the MHA Keystone Center have continued their focus on workplace safety education.

Adam NovakThe well-being of healthcare workers is an important component of hospitals’ safety and quality efforts, but these workers experience injury and illness in the workplace on a regular basis. In March 2019, the MHA launched a workplace safety collaborative to improve staff safety by addressing several core areas of harm: workplace violence, patient handling-related injuries, sharps injuries, and slips, trips and falls.

As part of the collaborative, the MHA is asking its member hospitals to submit several Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) metrics into a new survey in the Keystone Data System (KDS). The submission of monthly recordable injury rates (RIR), days away, restricted or transfer rate, and lost time case rate will provide a rounded analysis of staff safety progress.

This information was discussed in more detail during the May 13 workplace safety data collection webinar. The webinar also provided an overview of OSHA data entry into the KDS and the subcategorization of RIR into the core areas of harm. Submitting data will help the MHA and collaborative participants better understand where staff injuries are occurring and how they can be addressed through shared learning. The MHA highly recommends all its members begin data submission as soon as possible.

The MHA Keystone Center has scheduled events to target each core area of harm. First, a workshop will take place July 23 at the VisTaTech Center – Schoolcraft College in Livonia to focus on safe patient handling and mitigating the harm of musculoskeletal injuries to staff. Featured presenters include Pat Posa, RN, BSN, MSA, quality excellence leader at St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor, as well as representatives from Coverys and staff from several other hospitals. Posa will discuss the Bedside Mobility Assessment Tool, its application and how it can provide actionable steps to reduce harm. The day will conclude with an interactive panel discussion between presenters and attendees.

The second workshop will be held Sept. 25 in Troy, prior to the 2019 MHA Safety & Quality Symposium. Monica Cooke, RNC, MA, CPHQ, CPHRM, FASHRM, chief executive officer, Quality Plus Solutions, LLC, will lead a half-day, interactive session on how to design and implement a workplace violence prevention program. Cooke previously presented at the MHA Keystone Center Patient Safety Organization Annual Meeting. Other speakers include hospital and mental health facility staff who will talk about the various factors associated with effective violence-reduction programs. Workshops for the remaining core areas are being planned and details will be provided soon.

The in-person educational sessions are one component of a broader strategy to improve healthcare worker safety. The MHA believes that the combination of measurable data, education, resources and leadership support will accomplish the goal of reducing workplace violence. Members with questions may contact the MHA Keystone Center.

This article was featured in the MHA Keystone Center Newsletter. To subscribe, please contact Ashley Sandborn, MHA Keystone Center communications specialist.


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