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(signed December 15, 2006; renewed April 1, 2009; concluded November 13, 2012.)


The OSHA and AORN Alliance will provide AORN's members and others, including perioperative healthcare providers and small businesses (e.g., ambulatory surgery centers), with information, guidance, and access to training resources to protect employees' health and safety. In particular, the Alliance will address preventing exposure to bloodborne diseases, and exposure to smoke plume generated from the use of electrosurgery units (ESU) and lasers, and laser safety. Goals of the agreement include:

Outreach and Communication:

  • 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 AORN's Web sites) to employers and employees in the industry.
  • Speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA's or AORN's conferences, local meetings, such as the annual AORN Congress or other AORN sponsored events.
  • Share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding AORN's best practices or effective approaches and publicize results through outreach by AORN and through OSHA or AORN's developed materials, training programs, workshops, seminars, and lectures (or any other applicable forum).
  • Work with other Alliance participants on specific issues and projects, including bloodborne diseases, exposure to surgical plume, and laser safety that are addressed and developed through the Alliance Program.
  • Encourage AORN local chapters to build relationships with OSHA's Regional and Area Offices to address health and safety issues, including bloodborne pathogen hazards, exposure to surgical smoke from electrosurgery units (ESU) and lasers, and laser safety.

Related Documents


Alliance Agreements

Alliance Annual Reports

Alliance News Releases

Activities and Events (Archive)


  • May 6-12, 2012: 2012 North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week. The Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) and a number of other Alliance Program participants support 2012 NAOSH Week. Sponsored annually by ASSE and the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering, the Week focuses on the importance of preventing injuries and illnesses in the workplace. 2012 Theme: "Safety, What Every Business Needs."
  • March 24-29, 2012: AORN 59th Annual Congress, New Orleans, Louisiana.
    • March 26-28, 2012: OSHA personnel from Region VI at Alliance exhibit booth.
  • May 1-7, 2011: 2011 North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week. The Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) and a number of other Alliance Program participants supported 2011 NAOSH Week. Sponsored annually by the American Society of Safety Engineers, an Alliance Program participant, and the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering, the Week focuses on the importance of preventing injuries and illnesses in the workplace. The theme for 2011 was "Celebrating a Century of Safety."
  • March 19-24, 2011: AORN 58th Annual Congress, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
    • March 19-24, 2011: Representatives from OSHA Region III staffed an Alliance exhibition booth.

Products and Resources


Alliance Program Participant Developed Products

  • Sharps Safety Checklist for Health Care Facilities [PDF* - 499 KB]. Through the OSHA and Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) Alliance, AORN developed a checklist providing guidance for health care personnel to ensure compliance with the sharps safety requirements in OSHA's Bloodborne Pathogens Standard. The checklist includes, but is not limited to, exposure control, safety handling procedures, injury logs, and management of sharps devices. (2012, October)
  • Laser Safety Checklist [PDF* - 54 KB]. Through the OSHA and Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) Alliance, AORN developed a checklist providing guidance for perioperative personnel to ensure a safe environment for patients and health care workers during the use of laser technology. (2011, June)
  • Blunt-Tip Suture Needles to Decrease Percutaneous Injuries [PDF* - 387 KB]. Through the OSHA and Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) Alliance, AORN developed a slide presentation describing the hazards of using sharp-tip suture needles and the effectiveness of using blunt-tip suture needles and emphasizing OSHA requirements. (2009, December)
  • Sharps Safety in the Operating Room; Creating an Injury Prevention Program [PDF* - 794 KB]. Through the OSHA and Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) Alliance, AORN developed a slide presentation that provides healthcare workers with a reference tool for developing and implementing an Operating Room Sharps Safety Program. (2009, October)

OSHA Safety and Health Topics Pages

OSHA eTools

Publications and Newsletters

  • OSHA Offers New Resources for Healthcare Compliance. AORN Management Connections (2007, September).

Additional Resources

+Alliance Implementation Team members participated in the development of this resource.


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