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


I. Alliance Background

Date Signed

May 7, 2003

Date Renewed

October 10, 2005

Overview

The OSHA and AAOHN Alliance focuses on promoting healthy and safe workplaces, for large and small businesses, especially in the areas of musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), workplace violence and promoting the use of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in the workplace. In addition, OSHA and AAOHN are helping businesses promote employee wellness and prevent illnesses and injuries within the workplace.

Implementation Team Members

OSHA:  
Shelia Arbury
Greg Barber
Sandi Khan
Directorate of Science, Technology and Medicine (DSTM)
Directorate of Enforcement Programs (DEP)
Office of Outreach Services and Alliances (OOSA)
   
AAOHN:  
Dean Burgess
Ann Cox
Susan Randolph
Public Policy and Advocacy Manager
Executive Director
President

Evaluation Period

May 7, 2005 May 6, 2006

II. Implementation Team Meetings

May 17, 2005
October 5, 2005
February 15, 2006
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.

III. Results

  1. 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.
    Products

    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 page is updated regularly. For more information on the number of page visits please see the "Alliance Program Reach" table.

    AAOHN and OSHA Alliance Web page
    (http://www.aaohn.org/about/alliances.cfm)


    AAOHN developed an Alliance Web page on the organization's Web site that includes a link to the OSHA and AAOHN Web page on the Agency's Web site. The Web page is updated regularly with OSHA information related to the occupational health nursing profession including hexavalent chromium, first aid, and bloodborne pathogen exposure. In addition, AAOHN provided information about and promoted the 2006 North American Occupational Safety and Health Week, sponsored by the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE); an Alliance Program participant. AAOHN also promoted the Annual Conference on Emergency Preparedness sponsored by the Joint Commission on Accreditation for Healthcare Organizations/Joint Commission Resources (JCAHO/JCR), also an Alliance Program participant.

    AAOHN's Ergonomic Web site

    AAOHN developed an ergonomic Web site www.ergoresources.org as the first initiative of the OSHA and AAOHN Alliance in 2003. AAOHN redesigned the Web site in September 2004 and updates it on a regular basis. Ergoresources is a one-stop shop where occupational and environmental health nurses and other professionals who manage workplace health and safety programs can find current information on ergonomics.

    ProHealth Alert

    AAOHN posted several OSHA-related articles in its monthly publication, ProHealth Alert that provides safety and health information to its members. (See Program Reach Table)

    • Encourage AAOHN chapters to build relationships with OSHA's Regional and Area Offices and State Plan States to address health and safety issues, including emergency management, MSDs, and workplace violence.
    Products

    Updates


    The OSHA and AAOHN Alliance implementation team members provide information on upcoming events and training at team meetings and through email correspondence and disseminates safety and health information to AAOHN Chapters and OSHA's Regional and Area Offices. For example, OSHA sent AAOHN Mr. Tom Galassi's presentation, OSHA's Role in Workplace Violence, given during the Workplace Violence: Healthcare Is Not Immune Seminar, March 29, 2006 in Randolph Massachusetts. The Seminar was sponsored by OSHA's Region I and the Massachusetts Nurses Association and the Massachusetts Division of Occupational Safety/On Site Consultation Program as a product of their Alliance.

    AAOHN Chapter List

    AAOHN provided OSHA with an updated contact list of its Chapters that are located in the same geographical areas as OSHA's Ed Centers. OSHA posted the Chapter list on the OSHA and AAOHN Alliance Limited Access Page (LAP). In addition, OSHA shared the information with the Agency's regional administrators and executive staff so that the agency personnel can use the list to contact AAOHN chapters if they are looking for training information or instructors in a specific safety and health topic area. AAOHN updates its Chapter list regularly.

    • Develop electronic assistance tools for OSHA's Web page that address health and safety issues, including MSDs, and workplace violence and promoting the use of AED's in the workplace.
    Products

    OSHA's Safety and Health Topics pages and eTools


    Representatives from the OSHA and AAOHN Alliance serve on the editorial boards of the following OSHA Safety and Health Topics pages as part of the OSHA and AAOHN Alliance:

      Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs)

      • Ann R. Cox, CAE, Executive Director; Atlanta, GA
      • Susan A. Randolph, MSN, RN, COHN-S, FAAOHN, Clinical Instructor, Occupational Health Nursing Program, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Chapel Hill, NC
      Bloodborne Pathogens and Needlestick Prevention

      • Ann R. Cox, CAE, Executive Director; Atlanta, GA
      • Susan A. Randolph, MSN, RN, COHN-S, FAAOHN, Clinical Instructor, Occupational Health Nursing Program, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Chapel Hill, NC
      Medical Screening and Surveillance

      • Dean Burgess, Director of Professional Affairs; Atlanta, GA
      • Mariann Cameron, RN, BSN, Global Health and Wellness Coordinator, Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.; Allentown, PA
      • Dawn Eltermann, Director of Occupational Safety and Health, BioServices, McKesson Specialty Pharmaceutical Services; Rockville, MD
      • Pamela Hirsch, APRN, MS, Med, Clinical Program Manager, Occupational Health Program/Office of Public Health and Environmental Hazards/VHA; Washington, DC
      • Barb Renner, RN, COHN-S, Case Manager, Barnes Care; St. Louis, MO
      • Susan Skelly, RN, COHN-S, PHR, Senior Case Management/Workers' Compensation Specialist; Upper Marlboro, MD
      • Margaret Thompson, RN, MSN, COHN-S, FAAOHN, Croft-Taylor Consulting, LLC.; Ridgefield, CT
      Occupational Health Professionals

      • Dean Burgess, Director of Professional Affairs; Atlanta, GA
      • Dawn Eltermann, Director of Occupational Safety and Health, BioServices, McKesson Specialty Pharmaceutical Services; Rockville, MD
      • Pamela Hirsch, APRN, MS, Med, Clinical Program Manager, Occupational Health Program/Office of Public Health and Environmental Hazards/VHA; Washington, DC
      • Susan A. Randolph, MSN, RN, COHN-S, FAAOHN, Clinical Instructor, Occupational Health Nursing Program, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Chapel Hill, NC
      • Barb Renner, RN, COHN-S, Case Manager, Barnes Care; St. Louis, MO
      • Margaret Thompson, RN, MSN, COHN-S, FAAOHN, Croft-Taylor Consulting, LLC.; Ridgefield, CT
      Tuberculosis

      • Dean Burgess, Director of Professional Affairs; Atlanta, GA
      • Margaret Thompson, RN, MSN, COHN-S, FAAOHN, Croft-Taylor Consulting, LLC; Manhattan, NY
      Workplace Violence

      • Dean Burgess, Director of Professional Affairs; Atlanta, GA
      • Dawn Eltermann, Director of Occupational Safety and Health, BioServices, McKesson Specialty Pharmaceutical Services; Rockville, MD
      • Pamela Hirsch, APRN, MS, Med, Clinical Program Manager, Occupational Health Program/Office of Public Health and Environmental Hazards/VHA; Washington, DC
      • Barb Renner, RN, COHN-S, Case Manager, Barnes Care; St. Louis, MO
      • Margaret Thompson, RN, MSN, COHN-S, FAAOHN, Croft-Taylor Consulting, LLC; Manhattan, NY
    • 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.

      The OSHA and AAOHN Alliance implementation team has not started work on programs or projects to address this goal.
    Promoting the National Dialogue on Workplace Safety and Health

    • 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.
    Events

    AAOHN 2006 Symposium and Exposition, May 8-10, 2006, Albuquerque, New Mexico


    At the AAOHN 2005 Symposium and Exposition, May 8-10, 2006 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Elise Handelman, Director, Office of Occupational Health Nursing, Directorate of Science, Technology and Medicine, USDOL-OSHA, gave a presentation, "AED/CPR and OSHA Compliance: What the New Guidelines Mean to You," to over 100 attendees. In addition, Representatives Ed Cosgrove and Tom Nystel from OSHA's Region VI, Lubbock, Texas Area Office and Hal Eitzen, from the New Mexico Consultation Program staffed the OSHA and AAOHN Alliance exhibit booth. Over 1,300 symposium attendees visited the booth.

    • Encourage AAOHN's members to act as industry liaisons and resources for OSHA's cooperative programs and Compliance Assistance Specialists.

      The OSHA and AAOHN Alliance implementation team has not started work on programs or projects to address this goal.
  2. Executive summary

    During the evaluation period OSHA and AAOHN continue working together to address safety and health issues including, MSDs, workplace violence, and promoting the use of AEDs in the workplace. Additionally, the organizations signed an Alliance renewal agreement on October 10, 2005.

    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 such as: Bloodborne Pathogens and Needlestick Prevention, Automated External Defibrillators, Tuberculosis and Workplace Violence. In addition, AAOHN provides safety and health information and OSHA-related articles to its members in the monthly publication ProHealth Alert and added an AAOHN and OSHA Alliance Web page on the organization's Web site that provides links to the OSHA and AAOHN Alliance Web page.

    The speaking and exhibiting opportunities are invaluable to the success of the OSHA and AAOHN Alliance. At the AAOHN 2006 Symposium and Exposition, May 8-10, 2006 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Ms. Elise Handelman gave a presentation, AED/CPR and OSHA Compliance: What the New Guidelines Mean to You," to over 100 attendees. In addition, Ed Cosgrove and Tom Nystel from OSHA's Region VI, Lubbock, Texas Area Office and Hal Eitzen from New Mexico Consultation Program staffed the AAOHN and OSHA Alliance exhibit booth. More than 1,300 conference attendees visited the booth.

  3. 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 4,728
Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) Safety and Health Topics page Data not available since Web page is not in the Top 50 Safety and Health Topics pages visited
Bloodborne Pathogens and Needlestick Prevention Safety and Health Topics page 32,415
Medical Screening and Surveillance Safety and Health Topics page Data not available since Web page is not in the Top 50 Safety and Health Topics pages visited
Occupational Health Professionals Safety and Health Topics page Data not available since Web page is not in the Top 50 Safety and Health Topics pages visited
Tuberculosis Safety and Health Topics page Data not available since Web page is not in the Top 50 Safety and Health Topics pages visited
Workplace Violence Safety and Health Topics page Data not available since Web page is not in the Top 50 Safety and Health Topics pages visited
May 10, 2006: AAOHN 2006 Symposium and Expo.
Albuquerque, New Mexico.
  • Speaker: Ms. Elise Handelman, Director, Office of Occupational Health Nursing, Directorate of Science, Technology and Medicine
May 8-10, 2006: AAOHN 2006 Symposium and Expo.
Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Exhibit booth
1,400
May 2005: ProHealth Alert: Joint NIOSH/OSHA Publication Focuses on Avian Influenza
ProHealth Alert
9,000
June 6, 2005: OSHA Seeks Comments on Lead in Construction Standard
AAOHN Weekly Electronic Newsletter
8,500
June 20, 2005: OSHA Debuts Web Page for Lumber and Building Material Dealer Industry
AAOHN Weekly Electronic Newsletter
8,500
June 27, 2005: OSHA Offers Tips for Working in Hot Weather
AAOHN Weekly Electronic Newsletter
8,500
June 2005: OSHA Unveils Safety and Health Topics Page for Landscape and Horticultural Industry, OSHA Seeking Information to Address Health Effects of Occupational Exposure to Ionizing Radiation and article Association's Comment on OSHA AED Survey
ProHealth Alert
9,000
July 6, 2005: OSHA Seeks Comments on Lead in Construction Standard
AAOHN Weekly Electronic Newsletter
8,500
July 25, 2005: OSHA Issues Alert on the Dangers Associated with Cleanup and Recovery from Hurricanes
AAOHN Weekly Electronic Newsletter
8,500
July 2005: Radiation and Association's Comment on OSHA AED survey
ProHealth Alert
9,000
August 8, 2005: OSHA to Extend Comment Period for Occupational Exposure to Ionizing Radiation
AAOHN Weekly Electronic Newsletter
8,500
August 15, 2006: OSHA Announces Targeted Inspection Plan for 2005
AAOHN Weekly Electronic Newsletter
8,500
August 2005: OSHA Announces Training Program for Disaster Site Workers and OSHA Seeks Comments on Lead in Construction Standard
ProHealth Alert
9,000
September 12, 2005: JCAHO and OSHA Present National Conference for Hospital-Based First Receivers
AAOHN Weekly Electronic Newsletter
8,500
September 2005: OSHA to Extend Comment Period for Occupational Exposure to Ionizing Radiation and OSHA Issues Alert on the Dangers Associated with Cleanup and Recovery from Hurricanes
ProHealth Alert
9,000
October 24, 2005: OSHA Addresses Questions on Baseline Audiogram Revision
AAOHN Weekly Electronic Newsletter
8,500
October 2005: OSHA Announces Targeted Inspection Plan for 2005
ProHealth Alert
9,000
November 2005: Mold and Fungi on OSHA's List of Concerns
ProHealth Alert
9,000
December 2005: OSHA Addresses Questions on Baseline Audiogram Revision
ProHealth Alert
9,000
January 3, 2003: OSHA Unveils Advanced Search Engine
AAOHN Weekly Electronic Newsletter
8,500
January 2006: Innovative Safety Accommodations for Hearing Impaired Workers Focus of OSHA Bulletin
ProHealth Alert
9,000
February 13, 2006: OSHA e-Tool Addresses Computer Workstation Ergonomics and Posting Workplace Injuries/Illness Summaries Reminder
AAOHN Weekly Electronic Newsletter
8,500
February 2006: OSHA Unveils Advanced Search Engine
ProHealth Alert
9,000
March 6, 2006: OSHA's Hexavalent Chromium Standard Raises Controversy
AAOHN Weekly Electronic Newsletter
8,500
March 27, 2006: OSHA's Top Ten List Offers Safety, Compliance Opportunities
AAOHN Weekly Electronic Newsletter
8,500
March 2006: Posting Workplace Injuries/Illness Summaries Reminder, and OSHA e-Tool Addresses Computer Workstation Ergonomics
ProHealth Alert
9,000
April 10, 2006: Teens Focus of OSHA Summer Jobs Safety Campaign
AAOHN Weekly Electronic Newsletter
8,500
April 2006: OSHA's Hexavalent Chromium Standard Raises Controversy, Pro Athletes Featured in OSHA Hispanic Worker Safety Outreach PSAs, and OSHA e-Tool Addresses Computer Workstation Ergonomics
ProHealth Alert
9,000
May 1, 2006: OSHA Notifies 14,000 Employers with Higher Than Average Illness and Injury Rates 8,500
May 2006: Teens Focus of OSHA Summer Jobs Safety Campaign and OSHA's Top Ten List Offers Safety, Compliance Opportunities
ProHealth Alert
9,000
TOTAL 248,543

IV. Upcoming Milestones

In the coming year, OSHA and AAOHN will continue to promote healthy and safe workplaces, for large and small businesses, especially in the areas of musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), workplace violence and promoting the use of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in the workplace. For example, the Alliance will provide resources for the public on ergonomics through the OSHA and AAOHN Alliance Web page and AAOHN's ergonomics Web page. Additionally, representatives from AAOHN will continue to serve on the editorial boards of numerous OSHA Safety and Health Topics pages, providing expert input on a number of occupational safety and health issues.
AAOHN will continue to post safety and health information on conferences and compliance assistance products on its Alliance Web page, including the 2nd Annual Emergency Preparedness Conference, October 19-20, 2006 in Washington, D.C.

Further, the OSHA and AAOHN implementation team is developing plans to promote the Alliance through a number of speaking and exhibiting opportunities, including the AAOHN 2007 Symposium and Expo, April 13-20, 2006 in Orlando, Florida.

Finally, AAOHN will promote OSHA's cooperative programs to its membership by publishing an OSHA-developed article on OSHA's On Site Consultation Program in the organization's newsletter and provide occupational safety and health information in the AAOHN ProHealth Alert.

Report prepared by: Sandra Khan, Alliance Coordinator, Office of Outreach Services and Alliances, June 23, 2006