Alliance -- An OSHA Cooperative Program<< Back to American Heart Association


  1. Alliance Background

    Date Signed

    November 20, 2003

    Date Renewed

    September 8, 2006
    February 2, 2008

    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:
     
    *Todd Briggs
    **Sandra Khan
    Kay Dellinger
    Office of Outreach Services and Alliances (OOSA), Directorate of Cooperative and State Programs (DCSP)
    OOSA, DCSP
    Office of Occupational Medicine, DTSEM

    AHA:

    Thomas Bennett III
    Jeff Walters
    Emergency Cardiovascular Care (ECC), Commercial Marketing Manager
    Director, National Director, Commercial and Healthcare Markets

    *Todd Briggs became a member of the OSHA and AHA Alliance Implementation Team in July 2010.
    **Sandra Khan was a member of the OSHA and AHA Alliance Implementation Team until July 2010.

    Evaluation Period

    November 20, 2009 – November 19, 2010

  2. Implementation Team Meetings

    • February 18, 2010
    • May 5, 2010
    • September 29, 2010
    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.
     

  3. 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.

      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-Related Web Page

      AHA maintains an AHA and OSHA Alliance-related 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

      An AHA representative serves on the editorial board for the following OSHA Safety and Health Topics pages on the Agency’s Web site: Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs); Medical and First Aid; and AEDs in the Workplace.

      Print and Electronic Media

      News releases and articles on the OSHA and AHA Alliance and its renewal, as well as the Agency’s signing of other Alliances, have appeared in a number of printed and online publications. For more information on the articles, please see the Alliance Program Reach table.

      • 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.

        The OSHA and AHA Alliance Implementation Team has not started work on programs or projects to address this goal.
         
      • 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).
      • 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).
      American Heart Association Safety Tips: Bloodborne Pathogens Safety Tips Sheet

      Through the OSHA and AHA Alliance, the participants developed a safety tips sheet, which was posted to the AHA Web site in September 2010 and linked to from the OSHA and AHA Alliance Web page on the OSHA Web site.

      • 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.
      American Heart Association/American Red Cross (ARC) Best Practice Fact Sheet on Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)

      Through the Alliance Program, AHA and ARC worked together to develop a draft fact sheet focusing on CPR psychomotor skills, which are how chest compressions and breaths are delivered. The product will be finalized in 2011 and posted to the AHA and OSHA Alliance Web page on the association’s Web site and linked to from the OSHA and AHA Alliance Web page on the Agency’s Web site.

      DOL Safety Day, June 9, 2010, Washington, DC.

      On June 9, 2010, an AHA representative staffed an exhibit booth and distributed safety and health information and answered questions at DOL Safety, June 9, 2010, at the Francis Perkins Building, in Washington, DC.

      • 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.

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

      Kay Dellinger, Medical Officer, Office of Occupational Medicine, DTSEM, USDOL-OSHA serves on the AHA and American Red Cross First Aid Advisory Taskforce. The Taskforce identifies and reviews international science and knowledge relevant to first aid, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and emergency cardiovascular care (ECC) and to generate consensus on treatment recommendations every five years.

      2010 North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week, May 2-8, 2010

      On May 2-8, 2010, the National Safety Council Alliance and a number of other Alliance Program participants supported the 2010 NAOSH Week. Sponsored annually by the American Association of Safety Engineers (ASSE), an Alliance Program participant, and the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE), the Week focuses on the importance of preventing injuries and illnesses in the workplace. The theme for 2010 was "Mission NAOSH 2010: Safe Workplaces." Luke George, Manager, Government Affairs, NSC, attended the event, which, along with a number of other Alliance Program participants, supported the Week.

    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:

      • An AHA representative serves on the editorial boards of OSHA’s AEDs and Medical and First Aid Safety and Health Topics pages.
         
      • AHA joined OSHA and other Alliance Program participants in supporting and promoting the 2010 NAOSH Week, May 2-8, 2010.
         
      • AHA developed a safety tips sheet focusing on bloodborne pathogen safety, including information on how to prevent exposure to blood or other potentially infectious body fluids.
         
      • AHA worked with ARC, an Alliance Program participant, to develop a draft fact sheet focusing on CPR psychomotor skills.
         
      • Kay Dellinger, Medical Officer, Office of Occupational Medicine, DTSEM, USDOL-OSHA serves on the AHA and American Red Cross First Aid Advisory Taskforce.
         
      • OSHA continues to update the OSHA and AHA Alliance Web page on the Agency Web site. In addition, AHA maintains an AHA and OSHA Alliance-related Web page on the AHA 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.

    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

      3,892

      AHA and OSHA Alliance Web page

      2,001

      Medical and First Aid Safety and Health Topics page

      26,245

      Automated External Defibrillators (AED) Safety and Health Topics page

      27,290

      AEDs in the Workplace Safety and Health Topics page

      29,444

      Total

      88,872


  4. 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 the OSHA and AHA Alliance Web page on the Agency Web site and the AHA and OSHA Alliance-related Web page on the AHA Web site with safety and health resources.

    AHA representative, Jeff Walters will continue to serve on the editorial boards of OSHA’s AEDs and Medical and First Aid Safety and Health Topics pages.

    Through the Alliance, AHA will develop slide presentations focusing on the use of AEDs in the workplace. AHA will also work with ARC to develop a draft fact sheet focusing on CPR psychomotor skills. The products will be posted on the AHA and OSHA Alliance Web page on the AHA Web site and OSHA will link to the products from the OSHA and AHA Alliance Web page as well as the Alliance Program Participants Developed Products Web page on the Agency Web site.

    An AHA representative will staff an exhibit booth at DOL Safety Day at the Francis Perkins Building on June 8, 2011.

    Finally, AHA is planning to support and promote 2011 NAOSH Week, May 1-7, 2011 and support OSHA’s initiative focusing on distracted driving.

    Report prepared by: Todd Briggs, Office of Outreach Services and Alliances, February 3, 2011.