Alliance -- An OSHA Cooperative Program << Back to American Association of Occupational Health Nurses, Inc. (AAOHN)


The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the American Association of Occupational Health Nurses, Inc. (AAOHN) recognize the value of renewing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. OSHA and AAOHN hereby renew the Alliance originally signed May 7, 2003 and renewed October 10, 2005 to provide AAOHN members and others, including large and small businesses with information, guidance, and access to training resources. Through the Alliance renewal agreement, the organizations will continue to help to protect employees' health and safety, particularly in addressing workplace hazard preparedness and security issues, such as workplace violence, musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), bloodborne pathogens (BBP) and personal protective equipment (PPE). In renewing this Alliance, OSHA and AAOHN recognize that OSHA's State Plan and On-site Consultation Project partners are an integral part of the OSHA national effort.

OSHA and AAOHN will work together to achieve the following outreach and communication goals:

  • 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.

  • Share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding AAOHN's best practices or effective approaches and publicize results through outreach by AAOHN and through OSHA- or AAOHN-developed materials, training programs, workshops, seminars, and lectures (or any other applicable forum).

  • Work with other Alliance participants on specific issues and projects including workplace hazard preparedness and security issues, such as workplace violence, MSDs, BBP and PPE, in the workplace that are addressed and developed through the Alliance Program.

OSHA and AAOHN will work together to achieve the following goal related to promoting the national dialogue on workplace safety and health:

  • 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.

OSHA's Alliances provide parties an opportunity to participate in a voluntary cooperative relationship with OSHA for purposes such as training and education, outreach and communication and promoting a national dialogue on workplace safety and health. These Alliances have proved to be valuable tools for both OSHA and its Alliance participants. By entering into an Alliance with a party, OSHA is not endorsing any of that party's products or services; nor does the Agency enter into an Alliance with the purpose of promoting a particular party's products or services.

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 Enforcement Programs, Directorate of Science, Technology and Medicine 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. Any 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 all signatories.



 
Edwin G. Foulke, Jr.
Assistant Secretary
Occupational Safety and Health Administration


 
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Richard Kowalski
President, American Association of Occupational Health Nurses


 
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Ann Cox
Executive Director
American Association of Occupational Health Nurses


 
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