Red Cross - Ambassador Document - September 22, 2020


Since entering into an Alliance on May 19, 2005, with subsequent renewals on August 6, 2008, and November 9, 2015, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the American Red Cross (Red Cross) have worked together to improve workplace health and safety by sharing information, guidance, and access to training resources that address occupational hazards, and promoting understanding of the rights of workers and the responsibilities of employers under the Occupational Safety and Health Act.

OSHA and Red Cross continue to recognize the value of maintaining a collaborative relationship to improve safety and health practices and programs in American workplaces, and commit to continue their work together through an Alliance Program Ambassador relationship.

In recognition of this ongoing commitment, OSHA will continue to foster an active relationship with Red Cross by:

  • Providing routine communication on OSHA’s enforcement, regulatory, and outreach initiatives;
  • Sharing invitations to, and offering opportunities to speak at, OSHA Alliance Program and other agency stakeholder meetings or events, such as outreach and training activities through the National, Regional, or Area Offices, and the National Alliance Program Construction Roundtable and Forum;
  • Engaging in information sharing and technical discussions, as appropriate, including completing special projects of mutual interest that align with agency priorities, as resources allow; and
  • Maintaining the Red Cross’ status as an Alliance Program Ambassador on OSHA’s public webpage.

Red Cross will continue to foster an active relationship with OSHA by:

  • Sharing information with members and stakeholders on OSHA’s National Initiatives (enforcement, regulatory, and outreach), and encouraging their participation in OSHA’s outreach initiatives and rulemaking processes;
  • Sharing information with members and stakeholders on occupational safety and health laws and standards, including the rights and responsibilities of workers and employers;
  • Encouraging Red Cross volunteers to build relationships with OSHA’s National, Regional and Area Offices to address health, safety, and whistleblower issues;
  • Sharing information with OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding Red Cross good practices or effective approaches through training programs, workshops, seminars, and lectures (or other applicable forums);
  • Offering OSHA opportunities to speak, exhibit, or appear at Red Cross conferences, local meetings, or other events;
  • Adhering to requirements laid out in the OSHA Alliance Program Directive regarding the prohibition on promoting or implying the agency’s endorsement of their policies, products, or services, including acknowledging that they will not receive any preferential treatment related to any statutory function of OSHA; and
  • Abiding by all terms and conditions for the use of the Alliance Program logo as specified in OSHA’s Guidelines for Use of the Alliance Logo.

OSHA’s cooperative programs provide organizations an opportunity to participate in a voluntary, collaborative relationship with OSHA for purposes such as raising awareness of OSHA’s initiatives, outreach, communication, training, and education. These programs have proven to be valuable tools for both OSHA and participants. By entering into this Ambassador relationship, OSHA is not endorsing or promoting, nor does it intend to endorse or promote, any of the Red Cross’ products or services.

This Ambassador relationship will remain in effect for the duration of an on-going cooperative association and a good faith effort by both parties to meet the intent of this document and its underlying policies. Either signatory may terminate it for any reason at any time, provided they give 30 days’ prior written notice to the other party.

Signed this 22nd day of September, 2020.

Loren Sweatt
Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of
Labor for Occupational Safety and Health

David Markenson
Chief Medical Officer
American National Red Cross