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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the American Heart Association (AHA) recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful employees. OSHA and the AHA hereby agree to establish an Alliance to use their collective expertise to advance a culture of awareness, prevention and action while sharing best practices and technical knowledge to reduce death and disability from heart disease and stroke in the workplace. Through the Alliance, OSHA and the AHA will provide information and guidance on prevention, management of risk factors, recognition of warning signs, and actions for early treatment as well as increase access to safety and health information and training resources. In developing this Alliance, OSHA and the AHA recognize that OSHA's State Plan and Consultation Project partners are an integral part of the OSHA national effort. To the extent appropriate, activities and products resulting from this Alliance will be developed and shared with the States.

OSHA and the AHA will work together to achieve the following training and education goal:

  • Develop training and education programs on Automated External Defibrillator (AED) program implementation to include key elements, system design, and best practices as jointly determined by OSHA and the AHA.

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

  • Develop and disseminate information through print and electronic media, including electronic assistance tools and links from OSHA's and the AHA's Web sites.
  • Speak, exhibit, or appear at the AHA conferences, local meetings, or other related events, including, but not limited to, Emergency Cardiovascular Care Update, Scientific Sessions, and the Quality of Care and Outcomes Conference.
  • Encourage AHA's Affiliates to build relationships with OSHA's Regional and Area Offices and OSHA's State partners to address safety and health issues in the workplace, including CPR/AED training programs and first aid.
  • Develop information and guidance on employee wellness that can be incorporated into workplace safety and health education and training programs. Topics may include, but are not limited to: primary and secondary prevention of heart disease and stroke by recognition and management of related risk factors and warning signs, exercise, fitness, and weight management.
  • Cross-train OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals in the AHA's best practices or effective approaches to fighting heart disease and stroke, as jointly determined by OSHA and the AHA.

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

  • Raise others' awareness of and demonstrate their own commitment to workplace safety and health and wellness programs, as appropriate and relevant to each party's expertise, whenever the AHA's leaders jointly address groups.
  • Develop and disseminate case studies illustrating the importance of employee wellness and publicize the results through print or electronic media, promotion at conferences, or other means of outreach and communication.
  • Convene or participate in forums, round table discussions, or stakeholder meetings to help raise awareness of the value of employee health and wellness programs and the use of AEDs in the workplace.

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. OSHA and AHA agree this Agreement is not a government contract nor is it subject to the Federal Acquisition Regulations.

OSHA and the AHA agree no ownership of their servicemarks is transferred under this Alliance and that any use of the other party's servicemarks is conditioned upon prior written approval.

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 quarterly 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 Science, Technology and Medicine and any other appropriate offices, while team members from AHA will include representatives from the National Center, including ECC, Public Affairs, Healthcare Markets and any other appropriate offices. OSHA will encourage State Plan States' and OSHA Consultation Projects' participation on the team.

This agreement will remain in effect for two years. Either 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 both signatories.

  • John Henshaw
  • Assistant Secretary
  • Occupational Safety and Health Administration

  • Date

  • Cass Wheeler
  • CEO
  • American Heart Association

  • Date
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