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  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
    Kay Dellinger
    Office of Outreach Services and Alliances (OOSA), Directorate of Cooperative and State Programs (DCSP)
    Office of Occupational Medicine, Directorate of Technical Support and Emergency Management (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, 2010 – November 19, 2011

  2. Implementation Team Meetings

    • January 28, 2011
    • May 17, 2011
    • September 27, 2011
    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 Automated External Defibrillator (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; Medical and First Aid; and AEDs in the Workplace.

      • 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 (ECCU).

        The OSHA and AHA Alliance Implementation Team has started work on this project but have not completed any activities 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).

        The OSHA and AHA Alliance Implementation Team has started work on this project but have not completed any activities to address this goal.
         
      • 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.
      2010 AHA Guidelines for CPR and ECC Webinar

      Through the OSHA and AHA Alliance, AHA hosted the 2010 AHA Guidelines for CPR and ECC Webinar on April 20, 2011, for more than 40 people, including OSHA staff and Alliance Program particpants.

      • 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 started work on this project but have not completed any activities 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.
      International First Aid Advisory Committee

      Kay Dellinger, Medical Officer, Office of Occupational Medicine, DTSEM, USDOL-OSHA, serves on the International First Aid Advisory Committee. The committee identifies and reviews international science and knowledge relevant to first aid, CPR and ECC to generate consensus on treatment recommendations every five years.

      2011 NAOSH Week, May 1-7, 2011, Washington, DC

      On May 1-7, 2011, AHA and a number of other Alliance Program participants supported the 2011 NAOSH Week. Sponsored annually by American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), an Alliance Program participant, and the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE), the Week focused on the importance of preventing injuries and illnesses in the workplace. The theme for 2011 was "Celebrating a Century of Safety." AHA’s support of for the Week included providing outreach materials for inclusion in the bags distributed to the attendees at the 2011 NAOSH Week Kick-off event at the Department of Labor on May 2, 2011.

    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:

      • AHA hosted the "2010 AHA Guidelines for CPR and ECC on April 20, 2011.
         
      • AHA supported and promoted 2011 NAOSH Week, "Celebrating a Century of Safety," by adding information about the Week on its Web site and in publications. AHA also provided outreach materials for the bags distributed to the attendees at the 2011 NAOSH Week Kick-off event at the Department of Labor on May 2, 2011.
         
      • Kay Dellinger, Medical Officer, Office of Occupational Medicine, DTSEM, USDOL-OSHA, serves on the AHA International First Aid Advisory Committee.
         
      • An AHA representative serves on the editorial boards of OSHA’s AEDs and Medical and First Aid Safety and Health Topics pages.
         
      • 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

      April 20, 2011: 2010 AHA Guidelines for CPR and ECC

      Webinar

      40

      OSHA and AHA Alliance Web page

      3,234

      AHA and OSHA Alliance Web page

      2,347

      Medical and First Aid Safety and Health Topics page

      32,336

      Automated External Defibrillators (AED) Safety and Health Topics page

      29,908

      AEDs in the Workplace Safety and Health Topics page

      33,999

      Total

      101,864


  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:

    AHA will translate the Alliance-developed Bloodborne Pathogen Safety Tips Sheets into Spanish. Additional Alliance-developed products will be translated into Spanish as the English versions are finalized and posted to the AHA Web site.

    Through the Alliance, AHA will finalize slide presentations focusing on the use of AEDs in the workplace. 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’s Web site.

    AHA will draft slide presentations focusing on the use of AEDs in the workplace.

    The Alliance will explore delivering a workshop presentation at the 2012 ECCU on September 11-15, 2012, in Orlando, Florida.

    AHA will support and promote 2012 NAOSH Week, May 6-12, 2012, "Safety, What Every Business Needs."

    An AHA representative will staff an exhibit booth at DOL Safety Day at the Francis Perkins Building on June 6, 2012.

    Kay Dellinger, Medical Officer, Office of Occupational Medicine, DTSEM, USDOL-OSHA, will continue to serve on the AHA International First Aid Advisory Committee.

    AHA will encourage the association’s 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.

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

    Finally, 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 and other Alliance-related information.

    Report prepared by: Todd Briggs, Office of Outreach Services and Alliances, December 19, 2011.