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On May 7, 2003, OSHA and AAOHN formed an Alliance to provide AAOHN members and others, including large and small businesses, with information and guidance to address workplace hazard preparedness, musculoskeletal disorders, bloodborne pathogens, personal protective equipment, and security issues such as workplace violence. OSHA and AAOHN renewed the Alliance on October 10, 2005, and on June 4, 2007.
Because the OSHA and AAOHN Alliance achieved the goals of the Alliance, the organizations agreed to conclude the Alliance as of May 7, 2009. A number of successes resulted from the agreement including:
- Through the OSHA and AAOHN Alliance, AAOHN-developed a quick tip card, “Workplace Violence in Healthcare,” and a wallet companion card, “Violence Prevention in Healthcare,” that provides guidance for healthcare workers on prevention, response and recovery from a workplace violence incident. OSHA representatives reviewed and provided comments on the documents to AAOHN.
- On November 8, 2007, AAOHN representative participated on a Webinar entitled, "Bloodborne Pathogens - What You Need to Know to Prevent Disease Transmission in the Workplace."
- On May 10, 2006, Elise Handelman, Director, Office of Occupational Nursing, Directorate of Technical Support and Emergency Management, USDOL-OSHA, gave a presentation entitled, "AED/CPR and OSHA Compliance: What the new guidelines mean to you," at the 2006 AAOHN Symposium and Expo.
- OSHA representatives staffed an Alliance Program exhibit booth at the 2006-2009 AAOHN Symposium and Expo.
- AAOHN supported and promoted the 2007-2009 North American Occupational Health Weeks and the 2008-2009 Drug-Free Work Weeks.
- AAOHN representatives served on the editorial boards of OSHA Safety and Health Topics pages, including Workplace Violence and Tuberculosis.
Report Prepared by: Sandra Khan, Safety and Occupational Health Specialist, Office of Outreach Services and Alliances, August 21, 2009.