Applications Close May 23 for In-Person Security Risk Assessment Opportunity


HSSThe MHA Keystone Center is partnering with MHA Endorsed Business Partner HSS to offer in-person security risk assessments for its members. This assessment aims to provide an objective evaluation of threats to patients and staff and develop a corrective action plan.

To be selected for an in-person security risk assessment, hospitals are required to consistently submit Occupational Safety and Health Administration data into KeyMetrics and fill out an online application. In-person security risk assessment spots are limited. Hospitals incurring the greatest costs, highest incident rates and severest outcomes associated with staff harm will be prioritized for selection. Applications are due May 23at 5 p.m. MHA members may contact the MHA Keystone Center with questions about the assessment or application.

Explore Resources During Workplace Violence Awareness Month

Healthcare workers across the country are experiencing a growing rate of incidents of violence against front-line caregivers, including workers in Michigan. In fact, healthcare workers are nearly four times more likely to experience violence than individuals in other industries, according to the Occupational and Safety Health Administration (OSHA). In conjunction with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health’s declaration of April as Workplace Violence Awareness Month, the MHA is highlighting related resources that are available to its members.

The American Hospital Association has a dedicated webpage providing several workforce and workplace violence prevention tools for hospitals. Additionally, an OSHA publication titled Guidelines for Preventing Workplace Violence for Healthcare and Social Service Workers provides healthcare workers with tips to identify and assess workplace violence hazards and detailed information for developing violence prevention programs.

The MHA, the MHA Keystone Center and Michigan hospitals are partnering to address violence against healthcare workers through de-escalation and resiliency trainings and through the work of the MHA Workplace Safety Collaborative. The collaborative launched in March 2019 with the goal to reduce injuries and increase safety awareness through educational events, webinar series and insights from subject matter experts.

The MHA has also developed workplace safety posters for members to display throughout their facilities, communicating the consequences of committing physical harm toward healthcare workers or hospital property. The informational posters are geared toward patients, families and visitors, with various creative options available in two sizes. Complimentary copies of the materials are available to MHA members by request through an online order form. Nonmembers may purchase materials at cost.

The MHA Keystone Center collects member data on workplace safety that is used to determine areas in which their efforts should be focused, especially for workplace violence. Additionally, members can view the Workplace Safety dashboard to recognize trends in their reportable data. Members are encouraged to submit their OSHA recordable incident rate; lost time case rate; and days away, restricted or transfer rate each month in the MHA Keystone Center’s data reporting platform, KeyMetrics. Those with questions may contact the MHA Keystone Center.

Video Series Highlights Health Equity, Dashboard Available to Measure Progress

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Advancing Health EquityThe MHA and MHA Keystone Center are committed to assisting members in advancing health equity, eliminating disparities and addressing institutional racism to improve care for all Michiganders. The third and final video in the MHA Keystone Center’s video series, Eliminating Disparities to Advance Health Equity, is now available and highlights the Health Equity Organizational Assessment (HEOA) dashboard.

The video series was developed to provide guidance on completing the HEOA accurately. The HEOA identifies key priorities within nationally recognized components of an organization’s ability to identify and address disparities. The first video served as a call to action to sign the pledge and the second video detailed how to complete the HEOA.

The final video discusses how to use the HEOA dashboard, which provides a detailed report containing custom feedback and recommendations to help organizations identify key actions and next steps. Members may access the HEOA in KeyMetrics.

In conjunction with the video series, the MHA Keystone Center released the second edition of the guide, Eliminating Disparities to Advance Health Equity and Improve Quality. This version is updated to better align with the HEOA, specifically the letters of implementation and star ratings in section 5.  

Members with questions may contact the MHA Keystone Center.

Effect of COVID-19 Demonstrated Through MHA OSHA Data

The MHA collects Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Recordable Incident Rate (RIR), Lost Time Case (LTC) rate and Days Away, Restricted or Transferred (DART) rate data from member organizations as part of the MHA Workplace Safety Collaborative.

The image below is a snapshot of this data from January 2017 to March 2021. The chart demonstrates spikes in the LTC and DART rates in spring 2020 and spikes in the LTC, DART and overall RIR in winter 2020, coinciding with the COVID-19 pandemic surges.

Both DART rate spikes suggest an increase in severe incidents, since they represent the subset of the RIR that resulted in employees missing days from work, being placed on restricted duty or transferred elsewhere within the organization due to the incident. The MHA confirmed with submitting organizations that the significant increase in RIR in November 2020 is due to increased reporting of COVID-19 exposure incidents. Nearly 100% of exposure incidents resulted in DARTs due to mandatory quarantining protocols.

The MHA Keystone Center Patient Safety Organization (PSO) published initial findings in its March member safety alert. The PSO continues to contact submitting organizations to better understand why new patterns are occurring and how to support activities to mitigate future staff harm. 

Members are encouraged to submit their organizations’ OSHA data to KeyMetrics, the MHA Keystone Center’s data reporting platform. Those with questions may contact the MHA Keystone Center.

Upcoming Virtual Workshops Address Slips, Trips, Falls and Sharps Injuries

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Workplace Safety CollaborativeThe MHA Keystone Center is hosting two virtual workshops in September as part of its statewide Workplace Safety Collaborative. Both workshops are offered free of charge to MHA members.

The webinar Preventing Sharps Injuries will take place from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Sept. 15. Key speakers will be Tom Peterson, MD, FAAP, vice president and chief safety officer, Trinity Health, and Ken Smith, CHSP, CIE, CHCM, vice president, HealthCare Safety Services, who will highlight strategies to reduce the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s most common recordable incidents in healthcare.

A Preventing Slips, Trips and Falls Injuries webinar will be offered from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Sept. 24. Participants will hear from experts on the following subjects:

  • Creating a Successful and Engaging Safety Campaign, presented by Anita Henry, senior content marketing specialist, Munson Healthcare.
  • Slips, Trips and Falls Prevention for Hospitals, presented by MaryAnn Northcote, CPP, CHSP, safety and workers’ compensation manager, McLaren Health.
  • Key Elements and Considerations for a Slip, Trip Optimum Protection Program, presented by Teresa Fisk, CIH, CSP, CIE, CHSP, an independent industrial hygienist specializing in workers’ compensation and safety.

Both webinars will include a live demonstration of the workplace safety dashboard, an interactive data reporting tool in the MHA data reporting platform, KeyMetrics.

The MHA launched the ongoing collaborative to address workplace safety in hospitals. A safe and healthy workplace not only protects workers from injury and illness, it can also lower costs, reduce employee turnover, and increase productivity and quality in healthcare.

MHA members are encouraged to register for both webinars to learn about strategies and tips they can implement in their health systems. Members with questions may contact the MHA Keystone Center.