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(signed May 7, 2003; renewed October 10, 2005;
June 4, 2007; concluded May 7, 2009)
OSHA and AAOHN will work together to provide AAOHN members and others,
including large and small businesses with information, guidance, and access to training resources
particularly in addressing workplace hazard preparedness and security issues, such as workplace
violence, musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), bloodborne pathogens (BBP) and
equipment (PPE). The goals of the Alliance include:
Outreach and communication:
- Work with OSHA to provide expertise in developing information on the recognition and prevention
of workplace hazards, and to provide expertise in developing ways of communicating such
information (e.g. print and electronic media, electronic assistance tools and OSHA's and the
AAOHN's Web sites) to employers and employees in the industry.
- Speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA's or AAOHN's conferences, local meetings, or other events
such as the annual AAOHN Symposium and Expo.
- Work with other Alliance participants on specific issues and projects including workplace
and security issues, such as workplace violence, MSDs, BBP and PPE, in the
workplace that are addressed and developed through the Alliance Program.
Promoting the national dialogue on workplace safety
- Convene or participate in forums, round table discussions, or stakeholder meetings on
healthcare issues to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace or to provide input on
safety and health issues.
Alliance Annual Reports
Alliance News Releases
Activities and Events
- May 3-9, 2009:
2009 North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week. The
American Association of Occupational Health Nurses (AAOHN) and more than 55
other Alliance Program participants supported 2009 NAOSH Week. Sponsored
annually by the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), an Alliance
Program participant, and the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE), 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."
- May 4, 2009: Karen M Vesterby, RN, BSN, COHN-S/CM, AAOHN, 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 presentations from
Alliance Program participants American Heart Association, ASSE, Independent
Electrical Contractors, and National Safety Council focusing on workplace
safety and health issues.
- April 21-22, 2009: AAOHN 2009 Symposium & Expo, Orlando Convention Center, Orlando, Florida.
- Sandra Khan, Safety and Occupational Health Specialist, Office of Outreach
Services and Alliances, Directorate of Cooperative and State Programs, USDOL-OSHA,
and Renee Tajudeen, Working Partners Program Coordinator, Working Partners for
an Alcohol- and Drug-Free Workplace, Office of the Assistant Secretary for
Policy, USDOL, staffed the Alliance Program exhibit booth during the
- October 20-26, 2008:
2008 Drug-Free Work Week. The American Association of Occupational Health Nurses and a number
of other Alliance Program participants supported the 2008 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.
- May 4-10, 2008:
2008 North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week. The American Association of
Occupational Health Nurses and a number of other Alliance Program participants supported 2008
NAOSH Week, "Safety is Good Business." Sponsored annually by American Society of Safety Engineers
and the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering, the Week focuses on the importance of preventing
injuries and illnesses in the workplace.
- May 5, 2008: Representatives of the American Association of Occupational
Health Nurses attended the NAOSH Week Kick-off event at the U.S. Department
of Labor. Donald Shalhoub, Deputy Assistant Secretary, USDOL-OSHA; and ASSE’s
then-President, Michael Thompson; were the keynote speakers. Mr. Shalhoub
is Good Business" to OSHA and Alliance Program participants and other safety and health
- April 28-30, 2008: AAOHN 2008 Symposium & Expo, Salt Palace Convention Center, Salt Lake City,
- Brett Besser, Industrial Hygienist, Ergonomist, Salt Lake Technical
Center, Directorate of Technical Support and Emergency Management, USDOL-OSHA
staffed an Alliance Program exhibit booth during the symposium.
Products and Resources
Alliance Program Participant Developed Products
- Workplace Violence in Healthcare Quick Tip Card. Through the OSHA and American Association of Occupational Health Nurses Alliance,
AAOHN developed "Workplace Violence in Healthcare Quick Tip card." The card provides tips on
workplace violence prevention, response, recovery and the role of the supervisor. (2009,
- Violence Prevention in Healthcare ID Card. Through the OSHA and American Association of Occupational Health Nurses Alliance, AAOHN developed
"Violence Prevention in Healthcare ID Card."
The wallet size card provides tips on the recognition and response to workplace violence incidents. (2009,
OSHA Safety and Health Topics Pages
- Region V, Appleton, Eau Clair, Madison and Milwaukee Area Offices with
South Central Wisconsin Association of Occupational Health Nurses (SCWAOHN) signed December
13, 2004; renewed March 7, 2008.
- Region III, Wilkes-Barre Area Office with
Susquehanna Valley Association of Pennsylvania Occupational Health Nurses, Inc
signed October 24, 2006.
- Region III, Allentown, Erie, Harrisburg, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Wilkes-Barre Area Offices
with Pennsylvania Association of Occupational Health Nurses signed June 7, 2007.
* Alliance Implementation Team members serve on the editorial board.
+ Alliance Implementation Team members participated in the development of this resource.