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I. Alliance Background
May 07, 2003
The OSHA and AAOHN Alliance focuses on promoting healthy and safe workplaces, for large and small
businesses, especially in the areas of emergency management, musculoskeletal disorders, and
workplace violence. In addition, OSHA and AAOHN are helping businesses promote wellness and prevent
illnesses and injuries within the workplace.
Implementation Team Members
|Directorate of Science, Technology and Medicine (DSTM)
Directorate of Enforcement Programs (DEP)
Salt Lake Technical Center (SLTC)
Office of Outreach Services and Alliances (OOSA)
|Public Policy and Advocacy Manager
Director of External Affairs
*Lisa Ramber was the OSHA-AAOHN Alliance coordinator until January 2004.
May 7, 2003 - May 6, 2004
II. Implementation Team Meetings
|June 18, 2003
September 23, 2003
February 2, 2004
|Kick-off Team Meeting, OSHA, Washington, DC
Meeting, OSHA, Washington, DC
Meeting, OSHA, Washington, DC
In addition to these formal meetings, the Alliance coordinators from both groups maintained regular
contact throughout the reporting period to monitor the Alliance's progress and results.
- Events and Products
Outreach and Communication Goals
- Disseminate health and safety information and guidance directly to businesses and through meetings
(e.g. Chamber of Commerce events, Rotary Club meetings), conferences, events, and print and
electronic media, including links from OSHA's and AAOHN's Web sites.
OSHA and AAOHN Alliance Web Site
The OSHA and AAOHN Alliance Web page on OSHA's Web site includes links to related documents,
activities and events, products and resources, and milestones and successes. This Web site is kept
up-to-date on a regular basis. For more information on the number of site visits please see the "Alliance Program Reach" table on page 5.
AAOHN Web Site (http://www.aaohn.org/)
The AAOHN Web site features links to AAOHN news releases on the AAOHN - OSHA Alliance. AAOHN is also
discussing developing an AAOHN - OSHA Web page on the AAOHN Web site similar to the OSHA - AAOHN
Alliance Web page on OSHA's Web site.
AAOHN's Ergonomic Web site
AAOHN launched www.ergoresources.org Web site on June 2, 2003. The Web site was the first initiative
of the OSHA - AAOHN Alliance. It is a one-stop shop for occupational and environmental health nurses
and other professionals who manage workplace health and safety programs to find the most current
information on ergonomics and worksite design suggestions.
Through the OSHA-AAOHN Alliance the following PowerPoint® presentations were developed and
distributed to OSHA's National, Regional, Area and State Plan States, Compliance Assistance
Specialists and to the AAOHN chapters.
Print and Electronic Media
- Violence Prevention At Work: What Employers Need To Know?
- Planning For the Worse Case Scenario: What You Need To Know About All-Hazard Preparedness.
Articles on the OSHA and AAOHN Alliance have appeared in a number of printed and online
publications, including: OSHA and AAOHN news releases, Safety.BLR.com, and occupationalhazards.com.
For more information on the articles, please see the "Alliance Program Reach" table on page 5.
- Encourage AAOHN chapters to build relationships with OSHA's Regional and Area Offices to address
health and safety issues, including emergency management, MSDs, and workplace violence.
AAOHN provides a chapter list on the AAOHN Web site which is updated regularly. The OSHA - AAOHN
implementation team is discussing ways to develop relationships with OSHA's Regional, Area and State
- Develop electronic assistance tools for OSHA's Web page that address health and safety issues,
including emergency management, MSDs, and workplace violence.
OSHA's Safety and Health Topics pages and eTools
Representatives from the OSHA-AAOHN Alliance have reviewed and commented on several of OSHA's Safety
and Health Topics pages and eTools, including: Workplace Violence, Tuberculosis, Ergonomics and
Evacuation Plans and Procedures. AAOHN also provided comments on the following: Managing Anthrax
Contaminants in Health Care Facilities, Extension of OMB Approval of Collection of Information
Requirements and Nationwide Site-Specific Targeting Program.
The OSHA and AAOHN Alliance implementation team are collecting and developing information which can
be incorporated into OSHA courses.
- Encourage AAOHN chapters to act as resources for OSHA's Training Institute and Education Centers
to assist in the promotion and presentation of health and safety courses, including emergency
management, MSDs, and workplace violence.
Promoting the National Dialogue on Workplace Safety and Health Goals
- Raise awareness of and demonstrate commitment to improving the health and safety of the workplace
and reducing injuries and illnesses whenever AAOHN and OSHA leaders address groups.
OSHA's National Advisory Committee on Ergonomics, January 27-28, 2004, Washington, DC
AAOHN representative, Nancy N. Menzel, PhD gave a presentation on "Stress and Pain Management
Intervention for Back Pain in Nursing Staff."
American Occupational Health Conference, May 2-9 2003, Atlanta, Georgia
- Convene or participate in forums, round table discussions, or stakeholder meetings on health and
safety issues, including emergency management, MSDs, and workplace violence to help develop
innovative solutions in the workplace and to provide input on health and safety issues.
John Henshaw, OSHA's former Assistant Secretary signed the OSHA - AAOHN national Alliance. In
addition, he gave a presentation, "OSHA Update" to the attendees.
The OSHA and AAOHN Alliance implementation team has not started work on programs or projects to
address this goal.
- Encourage AAOHN's members to act as industry liaisons and resources for OSHA's cooperative
programs and Compliance Assistance Specialists.
- Executive summary
Through the Alliance Program, OSHA and AAOHN are working together to address important safety and
health issues including, ergonomics, workplace violence and emergency preparedness. The
organizations have established very effective lines of communication and a successful working
Through the Alliance, OSHA and AAOHN increased awareness of the compliance assistance resources and
programs that are offered by both organizations. AAOHN has demonstrated their committed to the
Alliance Program by supplying information and resources as requested by the Agency including,
providing expertise on OSHA's Safety and Health Topics pages and eTools and document review. In
addition, AAOHN developed and shared PowerPoint® presentations with OSHA's Regional, Area and State
Plan States and developed the ergo database, www.ergoresources.org.
The speaking and exhibiting opportunities are invaluable to the success of the OSHA - AAOHN Alliance
as was proven in 2003. John Henshaw's presentation during the AOHC conference in May 2003 provided
an excellent vehicle for speaking directly to occupational health professionals regarding the
Agency's outreach efforts. In addition, Dr. Nancy Menzel, representing the AAOHN-OSHA Alliance
presentation during OSHA's National Advisory Committee on Ergonomics showed the Associations'
willingness to work with and educate the Agency's staff and others on workplace safety and health
- Alliance Program Reach
|Type of Activity (Conference, Training, Print and Electronic Distribution, etc.)
||Number of Individuals Reached or Trained
|OSHA-AAOHN Alliance Web page on OSHA's Web site.
|May 7, 2003, "OSHA and the American Association of
Occupational Health Nurses, Inc Form Alliance," OSHA News Release
||25 news services
|May 7, 2003, "AAOHN and OSHA Sign New Alliance To
Promote Healthy and Safe Workplaces," AAOHN News Release
|May 8, 2003, "OSHA - Occupational Health Nurses Form
|May 2-9 2003: American Occupational Health Conference
May 7, 2003, John Henshaw, Assistant Secretary, USDOL-OSHA, signed the OSHA-AAOHN Alliance
agreement and gave an OSHA update.
|May 15, 2003, "Three Organizations Form Alliances
with OSHA." OSHA QuickTakes.
|June 2, 2003, "AAOHN Launches New Ergonomics Web
AAOHN New Release.
|June 17, 2003, "OSHA - AAOHN Alliance, AAOHN Launches
New Ergonomics Web Site."
|August 26, 2003, "AAOHN Comments on OSHA's Draft
Ergonomics Guidelines for Retail Grocery Stores." AAOHN News Release.
|Fall 2003, "OSHA to Forge Alliance." University of
Iowa, Worksafe IOWA.
||Data not available
|January 27-28, 2004, OSHA's National Advisory
Committee on Ergonomics (NACE), Washington, DC
Dr. Nancy Menzel, representing the AAOHN/OSHA Alliance gave a presentation entitled "Stress and
Pain Management: Intervention for Back Pain."
|May 2004, "AAOHN-OSHA Alliance Recap,"
IV. Upcoming Milestones
During the upcoming year the OSHA- AAOHN Alliance is planning a number of activities to continue
promoting healthy and safe workplaces, particularly in the areas of emergency management, and
The OSHA-AAOHN Alliance will continue its focus on musculoskeletal disorders in the workplace by
updating information on the OSHA-AAOHN Alliance Webpage and on the AAOHN Website, ergoresources.org.
AAOHN is discussing developing an AAOHN - OSHA Alliance Web page on the AAOHN Web site. Additionally,
representatives from AAOHN have agreed to review OSHA's Safety and Health Topics pages and eTools
and provide OSHA a list of Topic pages editorial boards on which AAOHN members would like to
participate. AAOHN members have also agreed to continue reviewing and providing expert input on OSHA
safety and health documents, as requested.
The OSHA - AAOHN implementation team is developing plans to promote the Alliance through a number of
speaking and exhibiting opportunities including, the AAOHN Symposium and Expo, April 29 - May 6,
2005 in Minneapolis, Minnesota and at AAOHN chapter meetings.
The OSHA and AAOHN Alliance implementation team members will look for opportunities to work with
other Alliance Program participants on projects related to a number of occupational safety and
health issues, including an Alliance ergonomic roundtable which is expected to be held in the spring
Report prepared by: Sandra Khan, Alliance Coordinator, Office of Outreach Services and Alliances,
June 26, 2004