Alliance -- An OSHA Cooperative Program<< Back to Association of Occupational Health Professionals in Healthcare (AOHP)




I. Alliance Background

Date Signed

February 19, 2004

Date Renewed

August 27, 2006

Overview

The OSHA and AOHP Alliance is providing the association's members and others with information, guidance, and access to training resources to help them protect employees' health and safety, particularly in reducing and preventing exposure to patient-handling hazards, bloodborne diseases, and emergency preparedness in healthcare facilities.

Implementation Team Members

OSHA:  
Shelia Arbury
Bret Besser
Brently Donaldson
Sandra Khan
Directorate of Science, Technology and Medicine (DSTM)
DSTM
Directorate of Training and Education
Office of Outreach Services and Alliances
   
AOHP:  
Diane Dickerson
June Duck
Jan Frustaglia
Linda Good
MaryAnn Gruden
Linda Haney
Sandra Prickett
Denise Strode
Director, EHS, Inova Health System
Team Coordinator, Sentara Healthcare
Program Coordinator, Austin Community College
Employee Health, Scripps Memorial Hospital
EHS Coordinator, West Penn Hospital
Clinical Director, Dligent Services
EHS Coordinator, Morin General Hospital
Case Manager, OSF Saint Francis

Evaluation Period

February 19, 2006 February 18, 2007

II. Implementation Team Meetings

July 6, 2006
October 5, 2006
January 18, 2007
Meeting, OSHA, 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. Results

  1. Events and Products

    Training and Education Goal


    • Develop workplace safety and health curricula for training and education programs on patient handling and bloodborne pathogens for healthcare institutions and workers.
    "Beyond Getting Started: A Resource Guide for Implementing a Safe Patient Handling Program in the Acute Care Setting"

    Through the OSHA and AOHP Alliance, AOHP developed a guidance document, "Beyond Getting Started: A Resource Guide for Implementing a Safe Patient Handling Program in the Acute Care Setting." The document was published on September 20, 2006. It was posted on the AOHP Web site and a link to the document was added to the OSHA and AOHP Alliance Web page on the Agency's Web site.

    Outreach and Communication Goals

    • Work with OSHA to provide expertise in developing information on the recognition and prevention of workplace hazards, and to provide expertise in developing ways of communicating such information (e.g. print and electronic media, electronic assistance tools and OSHA's and AOHP's Web sites) to employers and employees in the industry.
    Products

    OSHA and AOHP Alliance Web Site


    OSHA is continuing to update the OSHA and AOHP Alliance Web page that is posted on the Agency's Web site that includes the OSHA and AOHP original Alliance agreement and its renewal agreement, news releases, activities and events, products and resources and milestones and successes. For more information on the number of site visits please see the "Alliance Program Reach" table.

    AOHP and OSHA Alliance Web Site

    AOHP continues to update the AOHP and OSHA Alliance Web page on the organization's Web site. The page includes links to OSHA's Teen Summer Job Safety Campaign Web page, Bloodborne Pathogens and Needlestick Prevention Safety and Health Topic page, and the Hospital eTool on the agency's Web site. In addition, the page links to the 2007 North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week Web page on the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) Web site. ASSE, another Alliance Program participant, is the sponsor of NAOSH Week.

    Print and Electronic Media

    Articles on the OSHA and AOHP Alliance have appeared in a number of printed and online publications, including: OSHA and AOHP news releases, the AOHP Journal, and Oklahoma Safety Council eNewsletter. For more information on the articles, please see the "Alliance Program Reach" table.

    OSHA's Safety and Health Topics pages and eTools

    The following representative, Mary Ann Gruden, President Emeritus, AOHP serves on the editorial board for OSHA's Bloodborne Pathogens and Needlestick Prevention Safety and Health Topics page and the Hospital eTools.

    • Speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA's or AOHP's conferences, local meetings, or other AOHP sponsored events such as the AOHP Annual National Conference.
    Events

    AOHP 25th Annual National Conference, October 4-7, 2006, Capital Park Hyatt Regency, Sacramento, California


    On October 6, 2006, Alvan Phillip, Occupational Safety Specialist, Voluntary Outreach Programs, Region IX, USDOL-OSHA, gave a presentation, "Federal OSHA Overview and OSHA's Recordkeeping Highlights." In addition, representatives from California OSHA, AOHP and the American Heart Association, another Alliance Program participant, staffed an Alliance Program exhibit booth during the conference.

    AOHP Virginia Chapter Fall Conference, November, 3, 2006 Inova Fairfax Hospital, Fairfax, Virginia

    On November 3, 2006, Sheila Arbury, Health Scientist, Office of Occupational Medicine, Directorate of Science, Technology and Medicine, USDOL-OSHA, gave a presentation, "OSHA/AOHP Alliance Update and OSHA's eTools and Safety and Health Topics Pages," to 65 attendees.

    • Share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding AOHP's best practices or effective approaches and publicize results through outreach by AOHP and through OSHA or AOHP's developed materials, training programs, workshops, seminars, and lectures (or any other applicable forum).
    During this evaluation period, no products or resources have been developed to meet this Alliance goal.

    • Work with other Alliance participants on specific issues and projects related to patient-handling hazards, bloodborne diseases and emergency preparedness that are addressed and developed through the Alliance Program.
    OSHA Hospital eTool

    Through the Alliance, AOHP representatives are working with other Alliance Program participants to provide input and expertise to OSHA to update the agency's Hospital eTool. In addition to AOHP, the other Alliance Program participants involved on the project are the Association of Occupational Health Nurses (AAOHN), American Biological Safety Association (ABSA), Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN), Laser Institute of American (LIA), Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (SDMA), and The Joint Commission/Joint Commission Resources (JCR)

    The modules of the eTool being updated include ergonomics, bloodborne pathogens, and laser hazards. In addition, the AOHP's guidance document, "Beyond Getting Started: A Resource Guide for Implementing a Safe Patient Handling Program in the Acute Care Setting," is being used to update the eTool's Ergonomics module.

    Events

    2007 North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week


    AOHP is supporting and promoting the 2007 NAOSH Week May 6-12, 2007 NAOSH Week which is sponsored by the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), another Alliance Program participant, and the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE). The goal of the annual Week is to focus the attention of employers, employees, the general public and all partners in occupational safety, health and the environment on the importance of preventing injury and illness in the workplace. AOHP provided information on the Week in its February 2007 eNewsletter and posted information and a link on the AOHP Web sit to the 2007 NAOSHA Week Web page on ASSE's Web site.

  2. Executive summary

    During the Alliance's past year, the OSHA and AOHP Alliance implementation team worked on an Alliance renewal agreement to extend the Alliance for two more years. The group also engaged in many projects to provide AOHP members and others with information, guidance and access to training resources to help protect employees' health and safety, including reducing and preventing exposure to patient-handling hazards, bloodborne diseases, and emergency preparedness in healthcare facilities. For example through the Alliance AOHP developed a guidance document, "Beyond Getting Started: A Resource Guide for Implementing a Safe Patient Handling Program in the Acute Care Setting." The document was published on September 20, 2006 and is posted on the AOHP and OSHA Alliance Web page on the organization's Web site. In addition, a link to the guidance document was added to the OSHA and AOHP Alliance Web page on the Agency's Web site.

    In addition, OSHA and AOHP continue to update their Alliance Web pages on their organizations' Web site. AOHP posted information and a link to the 2007 NAOSH Week on its Web site and added links to OSHA's Bloodborne Pathogens and Needlestick Prevention Safety and Health Topic page and to the Teen Summer Job Safety Campaign Web page. OSHA added information about the OSHA and AOHP Alliance renewal on the agency's Web site.

    The organizations are also sharing information about compliance assistance resources. On November 3, 2006 at the AOHP Virginia Chapter Fall Conference, Inova Fairfax Hospital, Fairfax, Virginia, Sheila Arbury, Health Scientist, Office of Occupational Medicine, Directorate of Science, Technology and Medicine, USDOL-OSHA, gave a presentation, "OSHA/AOHP Alliance Update and OSHA's eTools and Safety and Health Topics Pages," to 65 attendees.

    On October 6, 2006, Alvan Phillip, Occupational Safety Specialist, Voluntary Outreach Programs, Region IX, USDOL-OSHA, gave a presentation, "Federal OSHA Overview and OSHA's Recordkeeping Highlights," at the AOHP 25th Annual National Conference in Sacramento, California.

    AOHP representatives also shared an Alliance Program exhibit booth with California OSHA and the American Heart Association, another Alliance Program participant during the conference.

    In addition, AOHP representatives are sharing their expertise with OSHA and are serving on the editorial board of OSHA's Bloodborne Pathogens and Needlestick Prevention Safety and Health Topics page. Finally, AOHP representatives are working with other Alliance Program participants, including the Association of Occupational Health Nurses (AAOHN), American Biological Safety Association (ABSA), Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN), Laser Institute of American (LIA), Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (SDMA), and The Joint Commission/Joint Commission Resources (JCR) to help OSHA update its Hospital eTool.

  3. Alliance Program Reach
Type of Activity (Conference, Training, Print and Electronic Distribution, etc.) Number of Individuals Reached or Trained
OSHA and AOHP Alliance Web page on OSHA's Web site 4,346
AOHP and OSHA Alliance Web page on AOHP's Web site 6,897
October 4, 2006, "Latest OSHA Alliance Activity" Oklahoma Safety Council eNewsletter Data Not Available
October 12, 2006, "OSHA Announces Renewal of Health Safety Alliances with Six Organizations"
BNA Occupational Safety and Health Reporter
Data Not Available
October 2007, AOHP and OSHA Alliance Update
AOHP Journal
 
October 10, 2006, "OSHA, Association of Occupational Health Professionals Renew Alliance" OSHA News Release 42 news services
August 27, 2006, "OSHA, Association of Occupational Health Professionals Renew Alliance" AOHP News Release 2,100
October 17, 2006, "NIOSH Update: NIOSH, AOHP Sign Healthcare Workplace Agreement" National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health News Release Data Not Available
October 6, 2006
AOHP 25th Annual National Conference
Sacramento, California
Speaker: Alvan Phillip, Occupational Safety Specialist, Voluntary Outreach Programs, Region IX, USDOL-OSHA
70
October 4-6, 2006
AOHP 25th Annual National Conference
Sacramento, California

OSHA Exhibit
370
November 3, 2006
AOHP Virginia Chapter Fall Conference
Inova Fairfax Hospital
Fairfax, Virginia

Speaker: Sheila Arbury, Health Scientist, Office of Occupational Medicine, Directorate of Science, Technology and Medicine, USDOL-OSHA
65
TOTAL 13,456

IV. Upcoming Milestones

During the upcoming year, the OSHA and AOHP Alliance Implementation Team is planning a number of activities to continue promoting healthy and safe healthcare facilities workplaces, particularly in reducing and preventing exposure to patient-handling hazards and bloodborne diseases, and promoting emergency preparedness.
The OSHA and AOHP Alliance will continue its focus on patient-handling hazards in the workplace by updating information on the AOHP and OSHA Alliance Web page and on the AOHP Web site as new information becomes available. Additionally, representatives from AOHP will continue serving as editorial board members for OSHA's Bloodborne Pathogens and Needlestick Prevention Safety and Health Topics page.

Further through the Alliance, AOHP representatives will continue to work with other Alliance Program participants, including the AAOHN, ABSA, AORN, LIA, SDMS, and The Joint Commission/JCR to assist OSHA in updating modules of the Hospital eTool. AOHP members have also agreed to continue reviewing and providing expert input on OSHA safety and health documents, as requested.

In addition, OSHA and AOHP implementation team is developing plans to promote the Alliance through a number of speaking and exhibiting opportunities including, the AOHP 2007 Annual Conference, September 26-29, 2007 in Savannah, Georgia. AOHP will also continue to support and promote 2007 NAOSH Week to its members through the organizations eNewsletter and on its Web site.

Finally, the OSHA and AOHP Alliance will work with OSHA's Office of Occupational Medicine on a new OSHA initiative focused on increasing vaccinations among healthcare workers.


Report prepared by: Sandra Khan, Alliance Coordinator, Office of Outreach Services and Alliances, April 26, 2007.