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ALLIANCE ANNUAL REPORT

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
and
American Heart Association (AHA)
November 14, 2007

I. Alliance Background

Date Signed

November 20, 2003

Date Renewed

September 8, 2006

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 and addressing employee wellness programs in the workplace. These efforts include a focus on providing information for individuals with Limited English Proficiency (LEP).

Implementation Team Members

 
OSHA:  
Sally Grady
Sandra Khan
Darla Royal
Don Wright
Kay Dellinger
Directorate of Science Technology and Medicine (DSTM)
Office of Outreach Services and Alliances (OOSA)
DSTM
DSTM
DSTM
   
AHA:  
Robin McCune*
Karen Orso
Robin Crawford
Director, National Accounts and Commercial Markets
Director, National Accounts and Commercial Markets
Marketing Manager

*Robin McCune was a member of the OSHA and AHA implementation team until July 2007

Evaluation Period

November 20, 2006 November 19, 2007

II. Implementation Team Meetings

 
March 5, 2007
July 18, 2007
November 9, 2007
Implementation Team Meeting
Implementation Team Meeting
Implementation Team Meeting

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. Results
  1. Events and Products

    Outreach and Communication Goals


    • Work with OSHA to provide expertise in developing information on the recognition of medical emergencies and 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.
    Products

    OSHA and AHA Alliance Web Page


    OSHA continues to update the OSHA and AHA Alliance Web page on the Agency's Web site. The Web page includes links to the OSHA and AHA Alliance agreement, renewal agreement, products and resources and milestones and successes.

    AHA and OSHA Alliance Web Page

    AHA redesigned its AHA and OSHA Alliance Web page on the organization's Web site. The Web page includes a number of links to OSHA's Web site, including the OSHA and AHA Alliance Web page, milestones and successes and OSHA Safety and Health Topic pages such as AEDs and Medical and First Aid.

    OSHA's Safety and Health Topics Pages

    AHA representative, Robin McCune, served on the editorial boards of the following OSHA Safety and Health Topics pages: Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs), AED's in the Workplace, and Medical and First Aid until July 2007. Karen Orso replaced Robin McCune as the AHA representative on the editorial boards in August 2007.

    • 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.
    Events

    2006 Emergency Cardiovascular Care Update, Orlando, Florida, June 22-25, 2006


    Representatives from OSHA's National Office, Region IV and Florida On-site Consultation Program staffed an Alliance Program exhibit and distributed compliance assistance and Alliance publications, including the OSHA and AHA Alliance Activities Summary, to attendees at the 2006 Emergency Cardiovascular Care Update, June 22-25, 2007 in Orlando, Florida.

    AHA Exhibits

    AHA representatives promoted the OSHA and AHA Alliance and distributed the OSHA and AHA Alliance Activities Summary from the AHA exhibit booth at several conferences through-out the United States including, the American Occupational Health Conference, May 6-9, 2007 in New Orleans, Louisiana and the Society of Critical Care Nursing Conference, February 17-21, 2007 in Orlando, Florida. In addition, AHA also exhibited at other Alliance Program participants conferences such as American Association of Occupational Health Nurses Symposium and Expo, April 16-20, 2007, in Orlando, Florida and the Association of Occupational Health Professionals in Healthcare's Annual National Conference, September 26-29, 2007 in Savanna, Georgia.

    • 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).
    Department of Labor (DOL) Safety Day, Washington, DC, June 6, 2007

    The DOL's Safety Day was held on June 6, 2007 in Washington, DC for DOL employees. During the event, a number of organizations shared safety and health information with the attendees. AHA staffed an exhibit booth at the event and distributed information and answered questions about AHA's Programs and AEDs and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) issues.

    • 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.
    Events

    Association of Occupational Health Professionals in Healthcare (AOHP) Congress of Presidents, Savannah, Georgia, September 27, 2007


    Through the OSHA and AHA Alliance and the OSHA and AOHP Alliance, Alex Barbieri, Senior Case Manager, AHA, gave a presentation about the organization's Start Program to 35 attendees at the AOHP Congress of Presidents.

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

    AHA joined with more than 15 other Alliance Program participants to support 2007 NAOSH Week, May 6-12, 2007. NAOSH Week, sponsored by the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), an Alliance Program participant, focuses on increasing the understanding of the positive benefits of investing in occupational safety, health and environmental programs among employers, employees and the public; raising awareness of the role and contribution of safety, health and environmental professionals; and reducing workplace injuries and illness by encouraging safety and health activities at all companies and organizations. AHA posted information about and a link to NAOSH Week on the organization's Alliance-related Web page.

    • 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.
    Products

    AHA Relationship Building


    AHA incorporated relationship building with OSHA's Regional, Area and State Plan offices into its Emergency Cardiovascular Care (ECC) field staff's performance objectives. The ECC field staff holds a monthly conference call to share information, ideas and strategies including opportunities to work with the local OSHA Offices.

    Promoting the National Dialogue Goals

    • 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.
    Products

    First Aid Advisory Task Force


    Donald Wright, M.D., Director, Office of Occupational Medicine, Directorate of Science, Technology and medicine, USDOL-OSHA continues to serve on the AHA and American Red Cross First Aid Advisory Taskforce.

  2. Executive Summary

    Through the OSHA and AHA Alliance, the organizations are continuing to work together to develop products and resources to reduce death and disability from heart disease and stroke in the workplace and addressing employee wellness programs in the workplace. During the reporting period, the Alliance's Implementation Team worked on several programs and projects and shared information on OSHA's compliance assistance activities and cooperative programs. For example:

    • OSHA continues to update the OSHA and AHA Alliance Web page on the Agency's Web site. In addition, AHA redesigned its OSHA Alliance Program Web page on the organization's Web site with links to the OSHA and AHA Alliance Web page, OSHA's resources and other safety and health information on OSHA's Web site.

    • An AHA representative serves on the editorial boards of OSHA's AEDs, AEDs in the Workplace and Medical and First Aid Safety and Health Topics pages.

    • AHA joined OSHA and other Alliance Program participants in supporting and promoting the 2007 NAOSH Week, May 6-12, 2007.

    • Representatives from OSHA's National Office, Region IV and Florida On-site Consultation Program staffed an Alliance Program exhibit at the 2006 Emergency Cardiovascular Care Update, June 22-25, 2007 in Orlando, Florida.

    • AHA staffed an exhibit booth at the 2007 DOL Safety Day on June 6, 2007 in Washington, DC.

    • On September 27, 2007, Alex Barbieri, Senior Case Manager, AHA gave a presentation about the organization's Start Program to 35 attendees at the AOHP Congress of Presidents.

    • AHA incorporated relationship building with OSHA's Regional, Area and State Plan Offices into its ECC field staff's performance objectives. The ECC field staff holds monthly meetings and discusses opportunities to work with the local OSHA Offices.

    • Don Wright, M.D., Director, Office of Occupational Medicine, Directorate of Science, Technology and Medicine, USDOL-OSHA serves on the AHA and American Red Cross First Aid Advisory Taskforce.

    • AHA promoted the OSHA and AHA Alliance and distributed the OSHA and AHA Alliance Activities Summary from the AHA exhibit booth at several healthcare-related conferences through-out the United States including the American Association of Occupational Health Nurses Symposium and Expo, American Occupational Health Conference, and the Society of Critical Care Nursing.
    Based upon the ongoing successes realized through the OSHA and AHA Alliance the organizations agreed to renew their Alliance. The organizations will sign the renewal agreement in January 2008.

  3. Alliance Program Reach
Type of Activity (Conference, Training, Print and Electronic Distribution, etc.) Number of Individuals Reached or Trained
OSHA and AHA Alliance Web page 4,315
AHA and OSHA Alliance Web page 8,200
Medical and First Aid Safety and Health Topics page 36,120
Automated External Defibrillators (AED) Safety and Health Topics page 19,151
AED's in the Workplace Safety and Health Topics page 20,730
February 17-21, 2007
Society of Critical Care Medicine 36th Critical Care Congress
Orlando, Florida

Exhibit
Data not available
April 16-20, 2007
AAOHN 2007 Symposium & Expo
Orlando, Florida

Exhibit
1,400
May 6-9, 2007
American Occupational Health Conference
New Orleans, Louisiana

Exhibit
Data not available
June 22-25, 2007
2006 Emergency Cardiovascular Care Update
Orlando, Florida

Exhibit
1,500
September 26-29, 2007
AOHP Annual National Conference
Savannah, Georgia

Exhibit
430
September 27, 2007
AOHP Congress of Presidents
Savannah, Georgia

Speaker: Alex Barbieri
35
TOTAL 91,881

IV. Upcoming Milestones

In the upcoming year, OSHA and AHA implementation team will collaborate on a number of projects to support the goals of the Alliance agreement. For example, OSHA and AHA will continue to update and promote the Alliance's Web pages, such as the OSHA and AHA Alliance Web page on the Agency's Web site and the AHA and OSHA Alliance Web page on the organization's Web site with safety and health resources. AHA representative, Karen Orso will serve on the editorial boards of OSHA's Medical and First Aid, Automated External Defibrillators and AED's in the Workplace Safety and Health Topics pages.

OSHA and AHA are also developing plans to promote the Alliance through a number of speaking and exhibiting opportunities including, the 2008 Emergency Cardiovascular Care Update International Educational Conference and Expo, June 12-15, 2008, in Las Vegas, Nevada. In addition, AHA will promote the OSHA and AHA Alliance and distribute the OSHA and AHA Alliance Activities Summary at several healthcare-related conferences, including the American Association of Occupational Health Nurses Symposium and Expo, American Occupational Health Conference, and the Society of Critical Care Nursing Conference.

Through the Alliance, AHA will also develop wellness informational products and OSHA will review and provide feedback on them to AHA. The products will be posted on the AHA and OSHA Alliance Web page on the organization's Web site and OSHA will link to the informational products from the OSHA and AHA Alliance Web page as well as the Alliance Program Participants Developed Products Web page on the Agency's Web site.

Finally, AHA is planning to support and promote 2008 NAOSH Week, May 4-10, 2008 and exhibit at the Department of Labor's 2008 Safety Day.


Report prepared by: Sandra Khan, Alliance Coordinator, Office of Outreach Services and Alliances, November 27, 2007.