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  1. Alliance Background

    Date Signed

    May 7, 2003

    Date Renewed

    October 10, 2005
    June 4, 2007

    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, 2006 May 6, 2007

  2. Implementation Team Meetings

    • July 17, 2006
    • February 14, 2007
    • May 2, 2007
    Meeting, OSHA, Washington, DC
    Meeting, OSHA, Washington, DC
    Conference Call

    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.

  3. 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.

      Events

      2007 North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week May 6-12, 2007

      AAOHN, and a number of other Alliance Program participants, supported 2007 NAOSH Week, May 6-12, 2007. Sponsored annually by the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), an Alliance Program participant, and the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering, NAOSH Week focuses on the importance of preventing injuries and illnesses in the workplace. AAOHN promoted the Week's kick-off event, which was held at the U.S. Department of Labor in Washington, DC in its monthly publication; ProHealth Alert and in its weekly eNewsletter.

      2007 Teen Summer Job Safety Campaign

      AAOHN supported OSHA's 2007 Teen Summer Job Safety Campaign and its kick-off event, April 17, 2007. AAOHN promoted the Campaign in its monthly publication; ProHealth Alert. The Campaign is a multi-year project to increase awareness about workplace hazards and provide information about the hazards to young workers and their parents. The focus of the 2007 Teen Summer Job Safety Campaign was construction.

      Products

      OSHA and AAOHN Alliance Web page

      OSHA is continuing to update the OSHA and AAOHN Alliance Web page that is posted on the Agency's Web site. The page includes the OSHA and AAOHN Alliance agreement, annual reports, activities and events, products and resources and milestones and successes.

      AOHN and OSHA Alliance Web page

      AAOHN continues to update its Alliance Web page on the organization's Web site with OSHA information related to the occupational and environmental health nursing profession. AAOHN also includes links to OSHA's Safety and Health Topics pages and publications on its Public Policy Web page. In addition, AAOHN provided information on its Alliance Web page about and promoted the 2007 NAOSH Week and the 2nd Annual Emergency Preparedness Conference Disaster Readiness on the Home Front sponsored by The Joint Commission/Joint Commission Resources (JCR), also an Alliance Program participant.

      ProHealth Alert

      AAOHN posted several OSHA-related articles in its monthly publication, ProHealth Alert and in its weekly eNewsletter that includes a ProHealth Alert section. The articles provide safety and health information to AAOHN members. (For a complete listing of the articles, see the Alliance Program Reach Table of this report)

      • 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. Several chapters have initiated contact, but two now have contracts with OSHA's Regional and Area Offices.

      Updates to AAOHN Chapters

      The OSHA and AAOHN Alliance implementation team members provide information on upcoming events and training at team meetings and through email correspondence and disseminate safety and health information to AAOHN Chapters. For example, AAOHN promoted the, "OSHA Alliance Symposium: Preventing Workplace Violence in the Healthcare Setting," through its monthly publication, ProHealth Alert. OSHA's Region IV, Mobil, Alabama Area Office Alliance with the EAP Lifestyle Management; Safe State Program; Deep South Center; Mercy Medical; HealthSouth; Community Health Systems Inc.; and Thomas Hospital and Auburn University at Montgomery co-sponsored the event as a product of their Alliance.

      AAOHN Chapter List

      AAOHN provided OSHA with an updated link to its list of Chapters that are located in the same geographical areas as OSHA's Regional and Area Offices and the agency's Ed Centers. OSHA added a link to the Chapter list on the OSHA and AAOHN Alliance Limited Access Page (LAP). In addition, several chapters have initiated contact with the Regional and Area Offices. OSHA's Region V signed an Alliance agreement with the South Central Wisconsin Association of Occupational Health Nurses and Region III signed an agreement with the Susquehanna Valley Association Of Pennsylvania Occupational Health Nurses, Inc. and is working with the Pennsylvania Association Of Occupational Health Nurses to develop an Alliance.

      • 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.

      OSHA's Safety and Health Topics pages and eTools

      Representatives from AAOHN 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
        • Jean Randolph, RN, COHN-S/CM, MPA, Nurse Consultant, Tucker, GA
        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
        • Jean Randolph, RN, COHN-S/CM, MPA, Nurse Consultant, Tucker, GA
        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
        • Jean Randolph, RN, COHN-S/CM, MPA, Nurse Consultant, Tucker, GA
        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
        • Jean Randolph, RN, COHN-S/CM, MPA, Nurse Consultant, Tucker, GA

    2. OSHA's Hospital eTool

      As part of the OSHA and AAOHN Alliance, representatives from AAOHN are participating on the agency's update of its Hospital eTool:

        • Ann R. Cox, CAE, Executive Director; Atlanta, GA
        • Dean Burgess, Director of Professional Affairs; Atlanta, GA
        • Jean Randolph, RN, COHN-S/CM, MPA, Nurse Consultant, GA
        • Karen Stoops, Occupational Health Nurse Program Manager, Naval Hospital Pensacola, FL
        • Jean Goss, Administrative Director, Employee Health Services, Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, NC
        • Yolanda Lang, Coordinator Employee and Occupational Health, University of Pittsburg Medical Center, PA
        • Christina Pionk, Nurse Practitioner, University of Michigan Employee Health Services, MI
        • Olga Tomkins, Manager Occupational Health, Occidental Oil and Gas Corporation, TX
      • 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 2007 Symposium and Exposition, April 13-20, 2007, Orlando, Florida


      OSHA staffed an Alliance Program exhibit booth and distributed compliance assistance and Alliance publications, including the OSHA and AAOHN Alliance Activities Summary, to attendees at the AAOHN 2007 Symposium and Exposition, April 13-20, 2007, in Orlando, FL,

      • 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.
    3. Executive Summary

      Through the Alliance, OSHA and AAOHN are continuing to work together to increase awareness of the compliance assistance resources and programs that are offered by both organizations. AAOHN has demonstrated their commitment to the Alliance Program by supplying information and resources as requested by the Agency including providing OSHA with expertise to help review and update the Agency's Safety and Health Topics pages such as: Bloodborne Pathogens and Needlestick Prevention, Automated External Defibrillators, Tuberculosis and Workplace Violence. In addition, AAOHN publishes safety and health information and OSHA-related articles in its monthly publication ProHealth Alert and weekly electronic eNewsletter. AAOHN also added an AAOHN and OSHA Alliance Web page to the organization's Web site that includes a links to the OSHA and AAOHN Alliance Web page.

      In addition, OSHA and AAOHN representatives provided their expertise and shared information through a number of different avenues. For example:

      • During the AAOHN 2007 Symposium and Exposition, OSHA representatives staffed an Alliance Program exhibit and distributed compliance assistance and Alliance Program information to conference attendees.

      • AAOHN representatives are participating on OSHA's update of its Hospital eTool.

      • AAOHN, along with other Alliance Program participants, supported 2007 NAOSH Week and OSHA's 2007 Teen Summer Job Safety Campaign.

      • AAOHN promoted OSHA's Region IV, Mobil Area Office's, "OSHA Alliance Symposium: Preventing Workplace Violence in the Healthcare Setting," that was co-sponsored by Mobil's Area Office Alliance with the EAP Lifestyle Management; Safe State Program; Deep South Center; Mercy Medical; HealthSouth; Community Health Systems Inc.; and Thomas Hospital and Auburn University at Montgomery.
      Finally, OSHA and AAOHN agreed to renew its Alliance agreement for another two years.

    4. 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 6,396
      Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) Safety and Health Topics page 26,951
      Bloodborne Pathogens and Needlestick Prevention Safety and Health Topics page 187,188
      Medical Screening and Surveillance Safety and Health Topics page 6,396
      Occupational Health Professionals Safety and Health Topics page 6,396
      Tuberculosis Safety and Health Topics page 58,328
      Workplace Violence Safety and Health Topics page 115,870
      April 13-20, 2007
      AAOHN 2007 Symposium and Exposition
      Orlando, Florida

      Exhibit booth
      1,400
      May 1, 2006: OSHA Notifies 14,000 Employers With Higher Than Average Illness and Injury Rates
      AAOHN Weekly Electronic Newsletter
      8,500
      May 8, 2006: Safe Use of Glutaraldehyde in Health Care Handbook Available from OSHA
      AAOHN Weekly Electronic Newsletter
      8,500
      May 22, 2006: Workplace First Aid Best Practices from OSHA
      AAOHN Weekly Electronic Newsletter
      8,500
      May 30, 2006: Workplace First Aid Best Practices from OSHA
      AAOHN Weekly Electronic Newsletter
      8,500
      August 7, 2006: New Fire Service Publication from OSHA
      AAOHN Weekly Electronic Newsletter
      8,500
      August 21, 2006: New Fire Service Publication from OSHA
      AAOHN Weekly Electronic Newsletter
      8,500
      September 5, 2006: New APFs Complete OSHA Respiratory Protection Standard Revision

      OSHA/Red Cross Workplace First-Aid Program Webcast Available Free in Archive
      AAOHN Weekly Electronic Newsletter
      8,500
      September 11, 2006: OSHA Debuts Spanish-Language E-Newsletter
      AAOHN Weekly Electronic Newsletter
      8,500
      September 18, 2006: Emergency Preparedness Conference Scheduled for October 19-20
      AAOHN Weekly Electronic Newsletter
      8,500
      September 25, 2006: OSHA Hexavalent Chromium Standard Recognizes LHCPs as Providers
      AAOHN Weekly Electronic Newsletter
      8,500
      October 2, 2006: OSHA Seeks Comments on Chemical Labeling Proposal
      AAOHN Weekly Electronic Newsletter
      8,500
      October 9, 2006: OSHA Debuts New Safety and Health Topics Web Resource
      AAOHN Weekly Electronic Newsletter
      8,500
      October 16, 2006: OSHA Releases Top 10 Violations List
      AAOHN Weekly Electronic Newsletter
      8,500
      October 23, 2006: OSHA Cold Stress Card Offers Tips for Protecting Workers
      AAOHN Weekly Electronic Newsletter
      8,500
      November 27, 2006: OSHA Posts New Avian Flu Publications on Web Site
      AAOHN Weekly Electronic Newsletter
      8,500
      December 4, 2006: OSHA Guide for Creating Workplace First-Aid Programs
      AAOHN Weekly Electronic Newsletter
      8,500
      December 4, 2006: OSHA Guide for Creating Workplace First-Aid Programs
      AAOHN Weekly Electronic Newsletter
      8,500
      January 8, 2007: OSHA Web Site Offers Personalization Option
      AAOHN Weekly Electronic Newsletter
      8,500
      January 16, 2007: OSHA Unveils Web-based Hurricane Recovery Resource
      AAOHN Weekly Electronic Newsletter
      8,500
      January 29, 2007: All About OSHA Now Available in Spanish
      AAOHN Weekly Electronic Newsletter
      8,500
      February 5, 2007: OSHA Reminder to Employers: Time to Post Illness/Injury Summaries
      AAOHN Weekly Electronic Newsletter
      8,500
      February 12, 2007: OSHA Releases Pandemic Flu Workplace Guidelines
      AAOHN Weekly Electronic Newsletter
      8,500
      February 20, 2007: OSHA Updates 25-Year-Old Electrical Installation Standard
      AAOHN Weekly Electronic Newsletter
      8,500
      March 19, 2007: 14, 000 Employers Have Higher than Average Injury, Illness Rates: OSHA
      AAOHN Weekly Electronic Newsletter
      8,500
      March 26, 2007: OSHA Final Rule on Employer-Supplied PPE Expected
      AAOHN Weekly Electronic Newsletter
      8,500
      April 23, 2007: OSHA Launches Youth Job Safety Campaign
      AAOHN Weekly Electronic Newsletter
      8,500
      May 7, 2007: OSHA Announces National Emphasis Program on Diacetyl
      AAOHN Weekly Electronic Newsletter
      8,500
      May 21, 2007: OSHA and Red Cross Offer Worksite Emergency Preparedness Webinar
      AAOHN Weekly Electronic Newsletter
      8,500
      May 29, 2007: OSHA Unveils New Pandemic Flu Guidance for Healthcare Workers
      AAOHN Weekly Electronic Newsletter
      8,500
      May 2006: Teens Focus Of OSHA Summer Jobs Safety Campaign

      OSHA's Top Ten List Offers Safety, Compliance Opportunities

      Teens Focus Of OSHA Summer Jobs Safety Campaign

      2007 North American Occupational Safety and Health Week
      AAOHN Monthly Print Newsletter, ProHealth Alert
      9,000
      June 2006: Safe Use Of Glutaraldehyde In Health Care Handbook Available From OSHA
      AAOHN Monthly Print Newsletter, ProHealth Alert
      9,000
      July 2006: Workplace First Aid Best Practices From OSHA

      OSHA Resources For Avoiding Heat-Related Illnesses
      AAOHN Monthly Print Newsletter, ProHealth Alert
      9,000
      September 2006: Fraud Alert: Callers Posing As OSHA Employees Threaten Fines
      AAOHN Monthly Print Newsletter, ProHealth Alert
      9,000
      October 2006: OSHA Debuts Spanish-Language E-Newsletter

      New APFs Complete OSHA Respiratory Protection Standard Revision

      OSHA/Red Cross Workplace First-Aid Program Webcast Available Free in Archive

      New Fire Service Publication from OSHA
      AAOHN Monthly Print Newsletter, ProHealth Alert
      9,000
      November 2006: OSHA Debuts New Safety and Health Topics Web Resource

      OSHA Hexavalent Chromium Standard Recognizes LHCPs as Providers
      AAOHN Monthly Print Newsletter, ProHealth Alert
      9,000
      January 2007: OSHA Guide for Creating Workplace First-Aid Programs

      OSHA Posts New Avian Flu Publications on Web Site
      AAOHN Monthly Print Newsletter, ProHealth Alert
      9,000
      February 2007: Notice of Submitted Comments/Letters
      OSHA on Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (posted www.aaohn.org/publicpolicy)

      OSHA Web Site Offers Personalization Option

      OSHA Posts Workplace Violence Standard Interpretation Letters
      AAOHN Monthly Print Newsletter, ProHealth Alert
      9,000
      March 2007: OSHA Reminder to Employers: Time to Post Illness/Injury Summaries
      AAOHN Monthly Print Newsletter, ProHealth Alert
      9,000
      April 2007: OSHA Updates 25-Year-Old Electrical Installation Standard

      OSHA Releases New "It's The Law" Poster

      OSHA Releases Pandemic Flu Workplace Guidelines
      AAOHN Monthly Print Newsletter, ProHealth Alert
      9,000
      TOTAL 745,425

  4. Upcoming Milestones

    In the upcoming year, OSHA and AAOHN will renew its Alliance agreement and focus on continuing to work together to promote healthy and safe workplaces, for large and small businesses, particularly in addressing workplace hazard preparedness and security issues, such as workplace violence, musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), bloodborne pathogens (BBP) and personal protective equipment (PPE).

    For example, representatives from AAOHN will continue to serve on the editorial boards of numerous OSHA Safety and Health Topics pages and provide expert input on occupational safety and health issues. AAOHN will also continue to participate on the agency's update of its Hospital eTool.

    AAOHN will continue to promote and encourage its Chapters to sign Regional and Area Office Alliances.

    AAOHN will continue to post safety and health information on conferences and compliance assistance products in its weekly electronic newsletter and monthly publication, ProHealth Alert. In addition, AAOHN will support the 2008 North American Occupational Safety and Health Week and the 2008 Teen Summer Job Safety Campaign.

    AAOHN will also work with the American Red Cross to develop a Web cast on bloodborne pathogens that will be presented in November 2008.

    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 2008 Symposium and Expo, April 25-May 1, 2008 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

    Report prepared by: Sandra Khan, Alliance Coordinator, Office of Outreach Services and Alliances, June 12, 2007.