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ALLIANCE ANNUAL REPORT

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
and
The American Heart Association (AHA)
January 22, 2006


  1. 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 and increasing access to safety and health information and training resources.

    Implementation Team Members

    OSHA

    Sally Grady
    Directorate of Science Technology and Medicine (DSTM)
    Sandi Khan
    Office of Outreach Services and Alliances (OOSA)
    Darla Royal
    DSTM
    Don Wright
    DSTM

    AHA

    Robin McCune
    Director, National Accounts and Commercial Market

    Evaluation Period

    November 20, 2004 - November 19, 2005

  2. Implementation Team Meetings

    • Deecember 16, 2004 Meeting, OSHA, Washington, D.C.
    • June 2, 2005 Meeting, OSHA, Washington, D.C.
    • September 14, 2005 Meeting, OSHA, Washington, D.C.

    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

      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.

      Products

      PowerPoint® Presentations

      The following resource tools were developed in 2003 and updated in 2005. The tools were posted on OSHA's Limited Access Page (LAP):

      • Commit to Saving Lives: Provides an overview of the importance of Cardiopulmonary Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and AED programs in saving lives.
      • AED Program Implementation Guide: Implementation guide providing worksites with key elements and strategies for an effective AED program.

      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.

      Products

      OSHA and 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 updated on a regular basis. For more information on the number of site visits please see the "Alliance Program Reach" table on page 6.

      AHA and 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 articles related to the Alliance.

      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: AEDs, AED's in the Workplace, and Medical and First Aid. In addition, the OSHA-AHA Alliance is maintaining the AED Safety and Health Topics page as a product of the Alliance.

      Print and Electronic Media

      • 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

      American Occupational Health Conference (AOHC) 2005
      Washington, D. C. April 30-May 5, 2005

      Dr. Donald Wright, Director, Office of Occupational Medicine, USDOL-OSHA and Dr. Michael Sayre, associate professor, Ohio State University, co-presented at the AOHC held April 30-May 5, 2005 in Washington, D.C. The presentation, entitled, "AED Programs in the Workplace," was given to over 60 attendees.

      • 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.

      Products

      OSHA Designated as an American Heart Key Partner

      During 2005, the American Heart Association designated OSHA as one of its key partners. AHA's field staff was encouraged to reach out to OSHA's Regional and Area Offices and State Plan States through AHA emails and its internal Web site. Representatives from the AHA Chapter in Portland, Oregon met with the Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Division and discussed working together to promote AED usage in the workplace and speaking and exhibiting opportunities at local AHA and OSHA conferences and events. In addition, representatives from AHA's Dallas, Texas Chapter met with representatives from OSHA's Region VI, Dallas Area Office and discussed working together to promote CPR and AED use in the workplace. Through the relationship OSHA's Dallas Area Office, invited AHA's Dallas Chapter to exhibit at the Voluntary Protection Program Participants Association (VPPPA) Conference held August 22, 2005 in Dallas, Texas.

      • 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.

        The OSHA and AHA Alliance Implementation Team has not started work on programs or projects to address this 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

      American Heart Association CPR/AED HeartSaver Train-the-Trainer Course, Washington, D.C., August 8-9, 2005

      AHA representatives, Jo Haag, Director of Training, and Alan Carrington, Senior National Training Consultant provided the AHA HeartSaver First Aid, CPR and AED training at the Department of Labor (DOL), Francis Perkins Building, Washington, D.C. on August 8-9, 2005. Five DOL and OSHA staff members were awarded AHA Train-the-Trainer instructor certificates. The training provided DOL and 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.

        The OSHA and AHA Alliance Implementation Team has not started work on programs or projects to address this 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.

        The OSHA and AHA Alliance Implementation Team has not started work on programs or projects to address this goal.

      • 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.

      Products

      First Aid Advisory Task Force

      Dr. Donald Wright is serving on the First Aid Advisory Task Force. He reviewed and provided feedback on AHA's 2005 CPR/AED and Emergency Cardiovascular Care Guidelines.

    2. Executive Summary

      Through the Alliance Program, OSHA and AHA are working together to advance a culture of awareness, prevention and action to reduce death and disability from heart disease and stroke in the workplace. In addition, the organizations are providing information on heart disease and stroke prevention, management of risk factors and warning signs and are providing CPR and AED training. In 2005 AHA named OSHA as one of their key partners.

      For example, AHA provided its HeartSaver, CPR, AED and first aid training to five DOL staff in August 2005. In addition, AHA provided OSHA with updates to its PowerPoint® presentations; "Commit to Saving Lives, AED Programs - A Case for Support" and "Commit to Saving Lives, Implementing AED Programs."

      In addition, the OSHA and AHA Alliance Web pages feature links to the Alliance agreement, news releases, activities and events and milestones and successes. Additionally, through the Alliance, AHA members helped to review and revise OSHA's AED and Medical and First Aid Safety and Health Topics pages.

      Further, OSHA representative, Don Wright, Director, Office of Occupational Medicine and AHA representative, Michael Sayre gave a presentation, "AED Programs in the Workplace," during the 2005 AOHC Conference in Washington D.C.

      Finally, AHA representatives distributed copies of its publication, Currents that included an article on the OSHA-AHA Alliance at several conferences including the Risk and Insurance Management Society's 2005 Conference and the 2005 American Association of Occupational Health Nurses (AAOHN) Symposium and Expo.

    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 4,315
      AHA-OSHA Alliance Web page 8,200

      September 13, 2005

      AHA PowerPoint® presentations

      • Commit to Saving Lives, AED Programs - A Case for Support
      • Commit to Saving Lives, Implementing AED Programs
      Data not available

      Currents article featuring the OSHA-AHA Alliance was distributed by AHA members at the following conferences:

      • National Facilities Management & Technologies
      • Risk and Insurance Management Society
      • American Association of Occupational Health Nurses
      • American Society of Safety engineers
      • Building Owners and Managers Association
      • American Society for Industrial Security
      3,319

      AHA serves on the following OSHA Safety and Health Topics pages

      • Automated External Defibrillators (AED)
      • AED's in the Workplace
      • Medical and First Aid
      42,000

      American occupational Health Conference (AOHC) 2005
      Washington, D.C.
      April 30-May 5, 2005

      Speaker: Don Wright: AED's in the Workplace

      60
      TOTAL 57,834
  4. Upcoming Milestones

    In the upcoming year, the OSHA and AHA will renew its Alliance and continue to provide information, guidance, and access to training resources to protect employees' health and safety, particularly in the areas of heart disease and stroke prevention, management of risk factors, recognition of warning signs, and actions for early treatment.

    In addition, representatives from AHA will continue to serve on the editorial boards of OSHA Safety and Health Topics pages providing expert input on a number of occupational safety and health issues.

    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 in June 22-26, 2006 at Lake Buena Vista, Florida.

    AHA will also continue to promote the Alliance and Alliance activities at conferences of key stakeholders that influence and impact the work place, including the National Facilities Management and Technologies, National Loss Prevention Conference, Total Facility Management Show, National Association of Child Care Professionals, American Association of Occupational Health Nurses, American society of Safety Engineers, Building Owners of Managers Association, VPPPA Annual Conference and American Society for Industrial Security.

    AHA has incorporated relationship building with Regional and State Based OSHA offices into Emergency Cardiovascular Care (ECC) field staff performance objectives. Success stories, ideas, and strategies will be collected and shared.

    Finally, through the Alliance, AHA will be working with the American Association of Occupational Health Nurses (AAOHN) and the Joint Commission for Accreditation of Health Care Organizations and Joint Commission Resources (JCR) both Alliance Program participants, to deliver presentations on the new AHA and the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (ILCOR) guidelines for First Aid, CPR, and AED's.

Report prepared by: Sandra Khan, Alliance Coordinator, Office of Outreach Services and Alliances, January 22, 2006.

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