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AGREEMENT RENEWING AN ALLIANCE
THE OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
ASSOCIATION OF PERIOPERATIVE REGISTERED NURSES
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) recognize the value of maintaining a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. OSHA and AORN hereby agree to renew the Alliance originally signed on December 15, 2006 to provide AORN's members and others, including perioperative healthcare providers and small businesses (eg, ambulatory surgery centers), with information, guidance, and access to training resources to protect employees' health and safety. The Alliance will particularly focus on preventing exposure to bloodborne diseases, exposure to smoke plume generated from the use of electrosurgery units (ESU) and lasers, and laser safety. In renewing this Alliance, OSHA and AORN recognize that OSHA's State Plan and On-site Consultation Project partners are an integral part of the OSHA national effort.
OSHA and AORN will work together to achieve the following outreach and communication goals:
An implementation team made up of representatives of both 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 per year to track and share information on activities and results in achieving the goals of the Alliance. Team members will include representatives of OSHA's Directorate of Cooperative and State Programs, Directorate of Technical Support and Emergency Management and any other appropriate offices. OSHA will encourage State Plan States' and OSHA On-site Consultation Projects' participation on the team.
This agreement will remain in effect for two years. Either signatory may terminate it for any reason at any time, provided they give 30 days written notice. This agreement may be modified at any time with the concurrence of both signatories.