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ALLIANCE ANNUAL REPORT

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
and
The American Heart Association (AHA)
January 29, 2005

I. Alliance Background

Date Signed

November 20, 2003

Overview

The OSHA and AHA Alliance focuses on advancing 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. Additionally, the organizations are providing 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.

Implementation Team Members

 
OSHA:  
   
Cathy Cronin
Bob Curtis
Sally Grady
Sandi Khan
Dr. Don Wright
Office of Training and Education
Directorate of Science, Technology and Medicine (DSTM)
DSTM
Office of Outreach Services and Alliances (OOSA)
DSTM
   
AHA:  
   
Robin McCune Director, National Accounts and Commercial Market

Evaluation Period

November 20, 2003 November 19, 2004

II. Implementation Team Meetings

 
November 20, 2003
March, 22, 2004
June 22, 2004
Kick-off Team Meeting, 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. Activities and Products
  1. Events and Products

    Training and Education Goals


    • 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.
    Products

    PowerPoint Presentations


    Through the OSHA-AHA Alliance the following PowerPoint presentations were developed and distributed to OSHA's National, Regional and Area Offices and State Plan States and Compliance Assistance Specialists. In addition, the presentations are posted on OSHA's Limited Access Page.

    • Commit to Saving Lives, AED Programs A Case for Support

    • Commit to Saving Lives, Implementing AED Programs
    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.
    OSHA-AHA Alliance Web page on OSHA's Web site

    The OSHA-AHA Alliance Web page on OSHA's Web site includes links to related documents, activities and events, products and resources, and milestones and successes. This page 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.

    AHA-OSHA Alliance Web page on AHA's Web site

    The AHA OSHA Alliance Web page on AHA's Web site includes the goals of the Alliance, links to the OSHA AHA Alliance Web page and news articles.

    OSHA's Safety and Health Topics Pages

    AHA representative, Robin McCune, serves on the editorial boards of the following OSHA Safety and Health Topics pages: Automated External Defibrillators (AED), AED's in the Workplace, and Medical and First Aid. In addition, the OSHA-AHA Alliance is maintaining the Automated External Defibrillator Safety and Health Topics page as a product of the Alliance.

    Print and Electronic Media

    Articles on the OSHA and AHA Alliance have appeared in a number of print and online publications, including: OSHA and AHA news releases, Currents, OSHA's QuickTakes, Safety.BLR.com, and occupationalhazards.com. For more information on the articles, please see the "Alliance Program Reach" table below.

    • 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.
    Events

    2004 OSHA Compliance Assistance Training Sessions, Falls Church, Virginia, June 14-18, 2004


    AHA had an exhibit booth during the 2004 OSHA Compliance Assistance Training Sessions.

    Emergency Cardiovascular Care Update, New Orleans, Louisiana, September 30 - October 3, 2004

    Paula White, Director, Directorate of Cooperative and State Programs, gave a presentation, September 29, 2004, "Joining Forces to Expand Our Reach: An OSHA Update," during the pre-session of the Emergency Cardiovascular Care Update Conference. In addition, representatives from OSHA's Region VI and the National Office staffed an OSHA-AHA Alliance exhibit booth during the 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.

      No products or resources have been developed to meet this Alliance goal.

    • 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.

      No products or resources have been developed to meet this Alliance goal.

    • 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.
    Events

    AHA's Heartsaver First Aid, CPR and AED Trainer Courses, OSHA's Training Institute, Arlington Heights, Illinois, July 13-15, 2004


    AHA representatives, Jo Haag, Director of Training, and Alan Carrington, Senior National Training Consultant provided the AHAs' Heartsaver First Aid, CPR and AED training to 17 OSHA staff members at OSHA's Training Institute in Arlington Heights, Illinois. In addition, OSHA staff received instructor certificates. The AHA training provided OSHA staff a deeper understanding of the importance training plays in a successful AED program.

    Promoting the National Dialogue Goals

    • 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.

      No products or resources have been developed to meet this Alliance goal.

    • 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.
    Success Story: Success with Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs)

    Through the OSHA-AHA Alliance, a success story was written describing how ArvinMeritor, Inc. implemented a Cardiac Arrest Response System that includes placing AED's in all 150 of the company's manufacturing sites to increase the survival rate from sudden cardiac arrest. The success story is posted on the OSHA-AHA Alliance Web page on OSHA's Web site.

    • 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.
  2. Executive summary

    Through the Alliance, OSHA and AHA are increasing their awareness of the resources and programs offered by the organizations. OSHA and AHA are committed to providing information and guidance on prevention, management of risk factors, recognition of warning signs, and actions for early treatment associated with sudden cardiac arrest.

    AHA is providing expertise to help review and comment on OSHA's Safety and Health Topics pages. AHA representatives have joined the editorial boards for OSHA's Safety and Health Topics pages including, AED's in the Workplace and Medical and First Aid. In addition, AHA has committed to providing technical review and comments on OSHA documents as requested by the Agency.

    Paula White, Director, Directorate of Cooperative and State Programs, gave a presentation during the pre-conference session of the Emergency Cardiovascular Care Update in New Orleans, Louisiana on September 29, 2004. Additionally, OSHA's Region VI and National Office representatives staffed an OSHA AHA Alliance exhibit booth during the conference. In addition, AHA representatives staffed an exhibit booth at the 2004 Compliance Assistance Training Sessions, June 14 18, 2004 in Falls Church, Virginia.

    OSHA and AHA continue to update their Web sites with relevant information. The OSHA-AHA Alliance Web page on the OSHA Website features links to related documents, activities and events, and milestones and successes. AHA's Web site features a Web page on the OSHA and AHA Alliance that includes links to the OSHA and AHA Alliance agreement

  3. Alliance Program Reach
Type of Activity (Conference, Training, Print and Electronic Distribution, etc.) Number of Individuals Reached or Trained
OSHA-AHA Alliance Web page on OSHA's Web site 10,563
December, 2003, AHA-OSHA Alliance page on the AHA Web site Data Not Available
November 20, 2003, "American Heart Association Joins OSHA in Alliance," OSHA News Release 25 News Services
November 20, 2003, "American Heart Association and OSHA Join Forces to Protect America's Workforce from Nation's Leading Killers," www.usnewswire.com Data Not Available
November 21, 2003, "American Heart Association and OSHA join forces to protect America's workforce from nation's leading killers," Advocacy News Data Not Available
November 21, 2003, "American Heart Association and OSHA join forces to protect America's workforce from nation's leading killers," Charity Wire.com Data Not Available
November 21, 2003, "American Heart Association and OSHA Join Forces to Fight Heart Disease and Stroke," Occupational Health and Safety News 25,000
November 21, 2003, "American Heart Association and OSHA Target Heart Disease and Strokes," Insideishn.com 25,000
November 21, 2003, "Government Gets into Heart-Attack Management Business," crosswalk.com Data Not Available
November 27, 2003, "To Promote Defibrillators in the Workplace, OSHA Publishes Guidance, Signs Alliance," BNA Occupational Safety and Health Reporter 25,000
December 1, 2003, "Latest Alliances Target Highway Work Zones, Heart Disease in the Workplace," OSHA QuickTakes 25,000
December 8, 2003, "OSHA AHA Begin Distributing Defibrillator Info Under New Alliance," Inside OSHA 25,000
December 10, 2003, "American Heart Association Joins OSHA in Workplace Health Alliance," Society for Human Resource Data Not Available
December 2003, "Government Getting into Heart Attack Management Business," Airwaves, The Occupational Safety and Health Newsletter Data Not Available
Winter 2003, "Reducing Death And Disability From Heart Disease And Stroke In The Workplace," Wellnessjunction.com Data Not Available
Spring 2004, "OSHA and AHA Announce Alliance," EMS News Data Not Available
July 14 18, 2004, 2004 OSHA Compliance Assistance Training Sessions, Falls Church, Virginia

AHA exhibited
230
August 2004, "Health Partners," Southern New Hampshire Medical Center News Data Not Available
August 2004, "AED PROGRAMS CONTINUE TO GROW" High Safety Consulting Services Newsletter Data Not Available
September 30 October 3, 2004, Emergency Cardiovascular Care Update, New Orleans, Louisiana

OSHA exhibited

September 29, 2004, "Joining Forces to Expand Our Reach: An OSHA Update." Paula White, Director, Directorate of Outreach Services and Alliance.
1,200
TOTAL 136,693

IV. Upcoming Milestones

During the Alliance's next year, a number of activities are planned to continue promoting healthy and safe workplaces, particularly through providing information and guidance on prevention, management of risk factors, recognition of warning signs, and actions for early treatment from heart disease and stroke.

The OSHA AHA Alliance will continue its focus on developing training and education programs on Automated External Defibrillator (AED) program implementation. AHA is committed to training OSHA staff in AHA's Heartsaver Programs as requested by the Agency. The implementation team are currently discussing additional classes which are planned for the summer of 2005.

AHA will provide technical expertise on a number of occupational safety and health issues as requested by the Agency. In addition, AHA representatives will continue to serve on editorial boards for a number of OSHA's Safety and Health Topics pages.

AHA is currently updating the PowerPoint presentations that are posted on OSHA's Limited Access Page to compliment the "Working Against Time brochure and the AED Implementation Guide." Once completed, AHA will provide the updates to OSHA for posting on the Limited Access Page.

The OSHA and AHA implementation team is also developing plans to promote the Alliance through a number of speaking and exhibiting opportunities including, the 2006 Emergency Cardiovascular Care Update, June 22-26, 2006 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.

OSHA and AHA are developing plans to work with the American Association of Occupational Health Nurses (AAOHN), another Alliance Program participant, on promoting AED's in the Workplace.


Report prepared by: Sandra Khan, Alliance Coordinator, Office of Outreach Services and Alliances, January 29, 2005.