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Report prepared by: Sandra Khan, Alliance Coordinator, Office of Outreach Services and Alliances, December 22, 2009.
November 20, 2003
September 8, 2006
February 2, 2008
The OSHA and AHA Alliance focuses on advancing a culture of awareness,
prevention and action while sharing best practices and technical knowledge to
reduce death and disability from heart disease and stroke in the workplace and
addressing employee wellness programs in the workplace. These efforts include a
focus on providing information for individuals with Limited English Proficiency
Implementation Team Members
||Directorate of Technical Support and Emergency Management (DTSEM)
||Office of Outreach Services and Alliances (OOSA)
||Director, National Accounts and Commercial Markets
*Sally Grady was a member of the OSHA and AHA Alliance Implementation Team until
November 20, 2008 – November 19, 2009
Implementation Team Meetings
In addition to these formal meetings, the Alliance coordinators from both groups
maintained regular contact throughout the reporting period to monitor the
Alliance's progress and results.
- January 8, 2009 Implementation Team Meeting
- June 16, 2009 Implementation Team Meeting
- October 15, 2009 Implementation Team Meeting
Events and Products
Outreach and Communication Goals
- Work with OSHA to provide expertise in developing information on the
recognition of medical emergencies and implementation of AED programs, CPR and
first aid training programs, and to provide expertise in developing ways of
communicating such information (e.g. print and electronic media, electronic
assistance tools and OSHA's and AHA's Web sites) to employers and employees.
OSHA and AHA Alliance Web Page
OSHA continues to update the OSHA and AHA Alliance Web page on the Agency's Web
site. The Web page includes links to the OSHA and AHA Alliance agreement,
renewal agreement, products and resources and milestones and successes.
AHA and OSHA Alliance-Related Web Page
AHA created and maintains an AHA and OSHA Alliance-related Web page on the
organization's Web site. The Web page includes a number of links to OSHA's Web
site, including the OSHA and AHA Alliance Web page, milestones and successes and
OSHA Safety and Health Topic pages such as AEDs and Medical and First Aid.
OSHA's Safety and Health Topics Pages
AHA representative, Karen Orso, serves on the editorial boards of the following
OSHA Safety and Health Topics pages: Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs)
and Medical and First Aid.
- Speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA's or AHA's conferences, local meetings, or
other Alliance partner events such as the Emergency Cardiovascular Care Update.
AHA representatives promoted the OSHA and AHA Alliance and distributed the OSHA
and AHA Alliance Activities Summary from the AHA exhibit booth at several
conferences throughout the United States including, the 2009 American
Occupational Health Conference, April 26-29, 2009, in San Diego, California. In
addition, AHA also exhibited at other Alliance Program participants' conferences
such as National Safety Congress and Expo, October 26-28, 2009, in Orlando,
Florida; American Association of Occupational Health Nurses Symposium and Expo,
April 21-22, 2009, in Orlando, Florida; and the Association of Occupational
Health Professionals in Healthcare's Annual National Conference, September
16-19, 2009, in Portland, Oregon.
- Share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health
professionals regarding AHA's best practices or effective approaches and
publicize results through outreach by the AHA and through OSHA's or AHA's
developed materials, training programs, workshops, seminars, and lectures (or
any other applicable forum).
OSHA On-site Consultation Training Conference, April 27-30, 2009, San Diego,
On April 29, 2009, Louis Gonzales, Medical Doctor, American Heart Association,
presented, "Workplace Preparedness" at the 2009 OSHA On-site Consultation
Training Conference in San Diego, California.
AHA Start! Walking Program in the Workplace
AHA representatives are providing information on the Start! Walking Program in
the Workplace to OSHA Regional and Area Offices, including the Region X,
Seattle, Washington Regional Office; Region III, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Area
Office, and Region VI, Dallas, Texas Area Office. The Start! Walking Program in
the Workplace encourages employers to create a wellness work environment and to
promote employee physical activity.
- Work with other Alliance participants on specific issues and projects on AED,
CPR and first aid training programs that are addressed and developed through the
North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week, May 3-9, 2009
AHA and more than 55 other Alliance Program participants supported 2009 NAOSH
Week. Sponsored annually by the American Society of Safety Engineers, an
Alliance Program participant, and the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering,
the Week focuses on the importance of preventing injuries and illnesses in the
workplace. The theme for 2009 NAOSH Week was "Safety Means Always Coming Home."
To help support the week AHA distributed information about 2009 NAOSH Week to
its membership and posted a link to the Week on the AHA Web site.
On May 4, 2009: Karen Orso, Director, ECC Commercial Markets, Emergency
Cardiovascular Care Programs, AHA, attended the NAOSH Week Kick-off event at the
U.S. Department of Labor in Washington, DC. Acting Assistant Secretary Jordan
Barab, USDOL-OSHA; Warren Brown, President, ASSE; and Andrew Cooper, Secretary,
CSSE; provided brief remarks. The Kick-off also featured an Alliance Program
participant panel with a presentation by Ms. Orso, and presentations from
Alliance Program Participants ASSE, Independent Electrical Contractors, and
National Safety Council focusing on workplace safety and health issues. In
Ms. Orso attended the OSHA-led afternoon seminar. Barnett Lawrence, Compliance
Assistance Coordinator, Office of Outreach Services and Alliances (OOSA),
Directorate of Cooperative and State Programs (DCSP), USDOL-OSHA presented
"Navigating the OSHA Web Site." Amanda Edens, Deputy Director, Directorate of
Standards and Guidance, USDOL-OSHA; Michael Walterschied, Area Director, Region
III, Baltimore/Washington DC Area Office, USDOL-OSHA; John Ferris, Director,
Office of Emergency Management, Directorate of Technical Support and Emergency
Management, USDOL-OSHA; and Doug Goodell, then-Acting Deputy Director, DCSP,
USDOL-OSHA participated on the "OSHA Update" panel discussion. Elizabeth Way,
Director, OOSA, DCSP, USDOL-OSHA presented "OSHA Top 10 Violations and
Compliance Assistance Resources."
2009 Drug-Free Work Week, October 19-25, 2009
The American Heart Association (AHA) and a number of other Alliance Program
participants supported the 2009 Drug-Free Work Week. Sponsored annually by the
U.S. Department of Labor's Working Partners for an Alcohol- and Drug-Free
Workplace Program, the Week focused on educating employers, employees and the
public about the importance of being drug-free as an essential component of a
safe and healthful workplace.
- Encourage AHA chapters to build relationships with OSHA's Regional and Area
Offices to address health and safety issues, including AED Program
implementation, CPR and first aid training.
AHA Relationship Building
AHA incorporated relationship building with OSHA's Regional, Area and State Plan
offices into its Emergency Cardiovascular Care (ECC) field staff's performance
objectives. The ECC field staff holds a monthly conference call to share
information, ideas and strategies including opportunities to work with the local
Promoting the National Dialogue Goals
- Convene or participate in forums, round table discussions, or stakeholder
meetings on AED Programs, CPR and first aid training issues to help forge
innovative solutions in the workplace or to provide input on safety and health
First Aid Advisory Task Force
Kay Dellinger, Medical Officer, Office of Occupational Medicine, DTSEM, USDOL-OSHA,
serves on the AHA and American Red Cross First Aid Advisory Taskforce. The
Taskforce identifies and reviews international science and knowledge relevant to
first aid, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and emergency cardiovascular care
(ECC) and to generate consensus on treatment recommendations every five years.
Through the OSHA and AHA Alliance, the organizations are continuing to work
together to develop products and resources to reduce death and disability from
heart disease and stroke in the workplace and addressing employee wellness
programs in the workplace. During the reporting period, the Alliance's
Implementation Team worked on several programs and projects and shared
information on OSHA's compliance assistance activities and cooperative programs.
- On April 29, 2009, Louis Gonzales, Medical Doctor, American Heart Association,
gave a presentation entitled, "Workplace Preparedness" at the 2009 OSHA On-site
Consultation Training Conference in San Diego, California.
- An AHA representative serves on the editorial boards of OSHA's AEDs and
Medical and First Aid Safety and Health Topics pages.
- AHA joined OSHA and other Alliance Program participants in supporting and
promoting the 2009 NAOSH Week, May 3-9, 2009. In addition, Karen Orso
participated in a panel presentation during the Kick-off event and attended
OSHA-led afternoon seminar.
- AHA incorporated relationship building with OSHA's Regional, Area and State
Plan Offices into its ECC field staff's performance objectives. The ECC field
staff holds monthly meetings and discusses opportunities to work with the local
- Kay Dellinger, Medical Officer, Office of Occupational Medicine, DTSEM, USDOL-OSHA
serves on the AHA and American Red Cross First Aid Advisory Taskforce.
- OSHA continues to update the OSHA and AHA Alliance Web page on the Agency Web
site. In addition, AHA created and maintains an AHA and OSHA Alliance-related
Web page on the AHA Web site with links to the OSHA and AHA Alliance Web page,
OSHA's resources and other safety and health information on OSHA's Web site.
- AHA promoted the OSHA and AHA Alliance and distributed the OSHA and AHA
Alliance Activities Summary from the AHA exhibit booth at several
healthcare-related conferences throughout the United States including the
American Association of Occupational Health Nurses Symposium and Expo, American
Occupational Health Conference, and the American Occupational Health Conference.
Alliance Program Reach
|Type of Activity (Conference, Training,
Print and Electronic Distribution, etc.)
||Number of Individuals
Reached or Trained
|OSHA and AHA Alliance Web page
|AHA and OSHA Alliance Web page
||Data Not Available
|Medical and First Aid Safety and Health Topics page
|Automated External Defibrillators (AED) Safety and Health
|AED's in the Workplace Safety and Health Topics page
|April 26-29, 2009
American Occupational Health Conference
San Diego, California
|April 29, 2009
OSHA On-Site Consultation Conference
San Diego, California
|April 21-22, 2009
AAOHN 2008 Symposium & Expo
|September 16-19, 2009
AOHP Annual National Conference
In the upcoming year, OSHA and AHA Implementation Team will collaborate on a
number of projects to support the goals of the Alliance agreement. For example,
OSHA and AHA will continue to update the OSHA and AHA Alliance Web page on the
Agency Web site and the AHA and OSHA Alliance-related Web page on the AHA Web
site with safety and health resources. AHA representative, Karen Orso, will
continue to serve on the editorial boards of OSHA's Medical and First Aid and
Automated External Safety and Health Topics pages.
OSHA and AHA are also developing plans to promote the Alliance through a number
of speaking and exhibiting opportunities including, the 2010 Emergency
Cardiovascular Care Update International Educational Conference and Expo. AHA
will also promote the OSHA and AHA Alliance and distribute information about the
Alliance at several healthcare-related conferences, including the American
Occupational Health Conference, and the Society of Critical Care Nursing
Through the Alliance, AHA will develop wellness informational products and OSHA
will review and provide feedback on them to AHA. The products will be posted on
the AHA and OSHA Alliance-related Web page on the AHA Web site and OSHA will
link to the informational products from the OSHA and AHA Alliance Web page as
well as the Alliance Program Participants Developed Products Web page on the
Agency Web site. In addition, AHA is working with the American Red Cross,
another Alliance Program participant, to develop a fact sheet on CPR.
Finally, AHA is planning to support and promote 2010 NAOSH Week, May 2-8, 2010
and will exhibit at the Department of Labor's 2010 Safety Day.