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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Association
of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) recognize the value of maintaining a collaborative relationship
to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. OSHA and AORN hereby agree to renew the Alliance
originally signed on December 15, 2006 to provide AORN's members and others, including perioperative
healthcare providers and small businesses (eg, ambulatory surgery centers), with information, guidance,
and access to training resources to protect employees' health and safety. The Alliance will particularly
focus on preventing exposure to bloodborne diseases, exposure to smoke plume generated from the use of
electrosurgery units (ESU) and lasers, and laser safety. In renewing this Alliance, OSHA and AORN recognize
that OSHA's State Plan and On-site Consultation Project partners are an integral part of the OSHA national effort.
OSHA and AORN will work together to achieve the following outreach and communication goals:
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.
- 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
- 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, and lasers, and laser safety.
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 Technical Support and Emergency Management and any other
appropriate offices. OSHA will encourage State Plan States' and OSHA On-site
Consultation Projects' participation on the team.
This agreement will remain in effect for two years. Either 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
Donald G. Shalhoub
Deputy Assistant Secretary
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Susan K. Banschbach
RN, MSN, CNOR
Association of periOperative
RN, MSN, CNOR, FAAN
Association of periOperative