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

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Association of Occupational Health Professionals in Healthcare (AOHP) hereby renew the Alliance signed February 19, 2004. OSHA and AOHP continue to recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. Both organizations are committed to protecting employees' health and safety, particularly in reducing and preventing exposure to patient-handling hazards, bloodborne diseases, and emergency preparedness in healthcare facilities. In renewing this Alliance, OSHA and AOHP recognize that OSHA's State Plan and Consultation Project partners are an integral part of the OSHA national effort.

OSHA and AOHP will work together to achieve the following training and education goal:

  • Work with OSHA to provide expertise in developing workplace safety and health curricula for training and education programs on patient handling, bloodborne pathogens and emergency preparedness for healthcare institutions and workers.

OSHA and AOHP will work together to achieve the following 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.

  • 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.

  • 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).

  • 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's Alliances provide parties an opportunity to participate in a voluntary cooperative relationship with OSHA for purposes such as training and education, outreach and communication and promoting a national dialogue on workplace safety and health. These Alliances have proved to be valuable tools for both OSHA and its Alliance participants. By entering into an Alliance with a party, OSHA is not endorsing any of that party's products or services; nor does the Agency enter into an Alliance with the purpose of promoting a particular party's products or services.

An implementation team made up of representatives of both organizations will meet to develop a plan of action, determine working procedures, and identify the roles and responsibilities of the participants. In addition, they will meet at least three times per year to track and share information on activities and results in achieving the goals of the Alliance. Team members will include representatives of OSHA's Directorate of Cooperative and State Programs, Directorate of Science, Technology and Medicine and any other appropriate offices. OSHA will encourage State Plan States' and OSHA Consultation Projects' participation on the team.

This agreement will remain in effect for two years. Any signatory may terminate it for any reason at any time, provided they give 30 days written notice. This agreement may be modified at any time with the concurrence of both signatories.

Edward G. Foulke, Jr.
Assistant Secretary
Occupational Safety and Health Administration


Denise Strode, BSN, COHN
Association of Occupational Health Professionals in Healthcare