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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the American Heart Association (AHA) hereby renew the Alliance originally signed on November 20, 2003 and renewed September 8, 2006. OSHA and AHA continue to recognize the value of providing safe and healthy American workplaces. Through the Alliance renewal agreement the organizations will utilize 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 and address employee wellness programs in the workplace. These efforts will include a focus on providing information for individuals with Limited English Proficiency (LEP). In renewing this Alliance, OSHA and AHA recognize that OSHA's State Plan and On-site Consultation Project partners are an integral part of the OSHA national effort.

OSHA and AHA will work together to achieve the following outreach and communication goals:
  • Work with OSHA to provide expertise in developing information on the recognition of medical emergencies and the implementation of AED programs, CPR and first aid training programs, and to provide expertise in developing ways of communicating such information (e.g. print and electronic media, electronic assistance tools and OSHA's and AHA's Web sites) to employers and employees.

  • Speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA's or AHA's conferences, local meetings, or other Alliance partner events such as the Emergency Cardiovascular Care Update.

  • Share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding AHA's best practices or effective approaches and publicize results through outreach by the AHA and through OSHA's or AHA's developed materials, training programs, workshops, seminars, and lectures (or any other applicable forum).

  • Work with other Alliance participants on specific issues and projects on AED, CPR and first aid training programs that are addressed and developed through the Alliance Program.

  • Encourage AHA chapters to build relationships with OSHA's Regional and Area Offices to address health and safety issues, including AED Program implementation, CPR and first aid training.
OSHA and the American Heart Association will work together to achieve the following goal related to promoting the national dialogue on workplace safety and health:
  • Convene or participate in forums, round table discussions, or stakeholder meetings on AED Programs, CPR and first aid training issues to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace or to provide input on safety and health issues.
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 the AHA acknowledge and agree that no ownership or license of a signatory's trademarks or copyrighted works is conveyed to the other under this Alliance.

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 three times per year 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 the Directorate of Science, Technology and Medicine and any other appropriate offices. OSHA will encourage State Plan States' and OSHA On-site 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.

Edwin G. Foulke, Jr.
Assistant Secretary
Occupational Safety and Health Administration


M. Cass Wheeler
American Heart Association