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Workplace Violence Alliance, North Florida

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), EAP Lifestyle Management, LLC., American Society of Safety Engineers Pensacola Chapter, Inc., Sacred Heart Health System, Inc., Employee Assistance Professional Association Big Bend Chapter, Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor, and the Northwest Florida Association Of Occupational Health Nurses, Inc., recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. OSHA, EAP Lifestyle Management, LLC., American Society of Safety Engineers Pensacola Chapter, Inc., Sacred Heart Health System, Inc., University of South Florida Consultation Services Program, Employee Assistance Professional Association Big Bend Chapter, Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor, and the Northwest Florida Association Of Occupational Health Nurses, Inc., hereby form an Alliance to provide workers from all industries with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them to protect employees’ health and safety, particularly in reducing and preventing exposure to workplace violence issues. Each year, it is estimated that there are over 9,000 health care workers each day who experience workplace violence in their workplaces.

OSHA, to the extent its resources permit, along with the American Society of Safety Engineers Pensacola Chapter, Inc., Sacred Heart Health System, Inc., Employee Assistance Professional Association Big Bend Chapter, Northwest Florida Association Of Occupational Health Nurses, Inc., Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor, University of South Florida Consultation Services Program, and EAP Lifestyle Management, LLC will work together to achieve the following training and education goals:

  • Provide expertise to develop training and education programs for employers on workplace violence issues, and to provide expertise in communicating such information to all employers and employees.
  • Deliver and/or arrange for the delivery of training on workplace violence prevention and follow-up.

OSHA, to the extent its resources permit, along with the American Society of Safety Engineers Pensacola Chapter, Inc., Sacred Heart Health System, Inc., Employee Assistance Professional Association Big Bend Chapter, Northwest Florida Association Of Occupational Health Nurses, Inc., Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor, University of South Florida Consultation Services Program, and EAP Lifestyle Management, LLC will work together to achieve the following outreach and communication goals:

  • Provide expertise in developing information and material on the recognition and prevention of workplace violence, and to provide expertise in developing ways of communicating such information (e.g., print and electronic media, electronic assistance tools).
  • Develop and disseminate information at conferences, events, or through print and electronic media, including links on the web sites of OSHA, the American Society of Safety Engineers Pensacola Chapter, Inc., Sacred Heart Health System, Inc., Employee Assistance Professional Association Big Bend Chapter, Northwest Florida Association Of Occupational Health Nurses, Inc, Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor, University of South Florida Consultation Services Program, and EAP Lifestyle Management, LLC.
  • Speak, exhibit, or appear at participating organizations’ meetings or other events and hold a statewide workplace violence conference.
  • Share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding participants’ best practices or effective approaches, and publicize results through outreach by the participants and through OSHA, the American Society of Safety Engineers Pensacola Chapter, Inc., Sacred Heart Health System, Inc., Employee Assistance Professional Association Big Bend Chapter, Northwest Florida Association Of Occupational Health Nurses, Inc., Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor, University of South Florida Consultation Services Program, and EAP Lifestyle Management, LLC developed materials, training programs, workshops, seminars, and lectures (or any other applicable forum).

OSHA, to the extent its resources permit, along with the American Society of Safety Engineers Pensacola Chapter, Inc., Sacred Heart Health System, Inc., Employee Assistance Professional Association Big Bend Chapter, Northwest Florida Association Of Occupational Health Nurses, Inc., Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor, University of South Florida Consultation Services Program, and EAP Lifestyle Management, LLC will work together to achieve the following goals related to promoting the national dialogue on workplace violence:

  • Raise others’ awareness of and demonstrate their own commitment to workplace safety and health whenever target groups are addressed.
  • Publicize statistical data regarding workplace violence in healthcare through print or electronic media, promotion at conferences, or other means of outreach.
  • Convene or participate in forums, round table discussions, or stakeholder meetings on workplace violence problems to help forge innovative solutions.

An implementation team consisting of representatives of all organizations will meet to develop a plan of action, determine working procedures, and identify the roles and responsibilities of the participants. In addition, they will meet at least three times annually to track and share information on activities and results in achieving the goals of the Alliance.

This agreement will remain in effect for two years from the date of signing and will be automatically renewed annually. This agreement may be modified at any time with the concurrence of all signatories, and may be terminated for any reason within 30 days by a participant providing written notice to all other signatories and their organizations that are represented from any signatory.

Signatories:

James D. Borders, Area Director
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Jacksonville Area Office

Patricia Vanderpool
EAP Lifestyle Management, LLC

President and

Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor; Board member

Anita Sue Godwin, RNC, MHA

Director of Nursing

Sacred Heart Medical Group

Maralee Sartain, President

American Society of Safety Engineers Pensacola Chapter

Melvina MacDonald, LMHC, CEAP

EAPA Chapter President

Deborah Dicken

Northwest Florida Association of Occupational Health Nurses, Inc.

Charlene Vespi,

Program Director

USF Safety Florida