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ALLIANCE ANNUAL REPORT

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
and
The American Red Cross
July 22, 2006

I. Alliance Background

Date Signed

May 19, 2005

Overview

The OSHA and American Red Cross Alliance focuses on preparing employers and employees, including the American Red Cross employees, to respond to disasters, life threatening injuries and emergencies. Through the Alliance, the organizations are providing information, guidance, and access to training resources on safety and health topics including emergency preparedness, disease prevention and first aid in the workplace. These efforts include a focus on individuals with Limited English Proficiency (LEP) and youth workers.

Implementation Team Members

 
OSHA:  
Sally Grady
Sandi Khan
Darla Royal
Dionne Williams
Don Wright
Directorate of Science Technology and Medicine (DSTM)
Office of Outreach Services and Alliances (OOSA)
DSTM
Directorate of Enforcement Programs
DSTM
   
American Red Cross:  
Pat Bonifer
Dee Cozart
Jean Erdtmann
Pamela King
Steve Rieve
Keith Robertory
Director, Research and Product Development
Sr. Director, Corporate Safety Officer
Director, Products and Health and Safety Services
Associate, Community and Marketing
Director, Program and Product Management/Health and Safety Services
Manager, Disaster Education

Evaluation Period

May 19, 2005 - May 18, 2006

II. Implementation Team Meetings

 
June 23, 2005
February 1, 2006
Kick-off meeting, OSHA, Washington, D.C.
Meeting, OSHA, Washington, D.C.

Due to the natural disasters and their severity in 2005 the Alliance Implementation Team only held two formal meetings and the American Red Cross' focus on these activities. However, 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


    • Work with OSHA to provide expertise to deliver training and education materials on emergency preparedness, disease prevention and first aid issues in a language suited for the target audience and to provide expertise in communicating such information to employers and employees in the industry.

      The OSHA and American Red Cross Alliance Implementation Team has not started work on programs or projects to address this goal.
    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 to employers and employees in the industry.
    Products

    Best Practices Guide: Fundamentals of a Workplace First Aid Program


    The American Red Cross implementation team members reviewed and provided comments on OSHA's Best Practices Guide: Fundamentals of a Workplace First Aid Program in January 2005.

    • Speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA and the American Red Cross conferences or other events such as the American Red Cross local chapter meetings.
    Events

    American Red Cross 2005 National Convention, May 27-29, 2005, Moscone West, San Francisco, California


    On May 27, 2005, Alan Traenkner, Director of Voluntary Programs and Outreach, Region IX, USDOL-OSHA gave a presentation to over 100 attendees on OSHA's Alliance Program and the OSHA and American Red Cross Alliance during the American Red Cross 2005 National Convention in San Francisco, California.

    American Red Cross 2006 National Convention, May 12-14, 2006, Washington Convention Center, Washington, D.C.

    During the American Red Cross 2006 National Convention, OSHA representatives staffed an Alliance Program exhibit booth. OSHA representatives distributed over 1,300 OSHA information products, including the Alliance and On-site Consultation Program Fact Sheets, heat and cold stress Quick Cards, posters in English and Spanish and the agency's publication, Inside the Green Line to conference attendees.

    • Share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding American Red Cross best practices or effective approaches and publicize results through outreach by American Red Cross and through OSHA or American Red Cross developed materials, training programs, workshops, seminars, and lectures (or any other applicable forum).
    Products

    OSHA and the American Red Cross Alliance Web Page


    The OSHA and American Red Cross Alliance Web page on OSHA's Web site includes links to related documents, activities and events, products and resources, and milestones and successes. This page is updated on a regular basis. For more information on the number of site visits please see the Alliance Program Reach table.

    American Red Cross Web Site

    The American Red Cross posted information and a link on its Web site to the 1st Annual Emergency Preparedness Conference: Defending Your Front Lines, October 5-6, 2005 in Washington, D.C. The conference was co-sponsored by OSHA and the Joint Commission for Accreditation of Health Care Organizations (JCAHO)/Joint Commission Resources (JCA), another Alliance Program participant.

    Print and Electronic Media

    Articles on the OSHA and American Red Cross Alliance appeared in print and online publications, including BNA Occupational Safety and Health Reporter, and OSHA's and American Red Cross New Releases, and QuickTakes. For more information on the articles and news releases please see the Alliance Program Reach table.

    • Work with other Alliance participants on specific issues to increase emergency preparedness and disease prevention education to the workplace and also increase first aid information to individuals with LEP and youth workers.

      The OSHA and American Red Cross Alliance Implementation Team has not started work on programs or projects to address this goal.

    • Encourage American Red Cross chapters to build relationships with OSHA's Regional and Area Offices to increase emergency preparedness and disease prevention education to workplaces and increase first aid information to LEP and youth workers.
    Events

    American Red Cross Workplace Seminars


    OSHA representatives have provided presentations in locations throughout the United States, including California, Florida, New Mexico, and New York, at American Red Cross Chapter Workplace Seminars. The seminars are given to local community businesses, both large and small, and focus on providing workplace safety and health information. OSHA's presentations have focused on providing information and guidance on the Agency's regulations and standards. For more information on the Workplace Seminars please see the Alliance Program Reach table.

    Promoting the National Dialogue Goals

    • Raise others' awareness of and demonstrate their own commitment to workplace safety and health whenever American Red Cross and OSHA leaders address workplace and business groups.
    Events

    American Red Cross North East Service Area Conference, April 12, 2006, Syracuse, New York


    On April 12, 2006, Ms. Jean Erdtmann, Director, Program Management and Field Support, American Red Cross gave an update on the OSHA and American Red Cross Alliance to over 80 attendees during the American Red Cross North East Service Area Conference, April 12, 2006.

    • Convene or participate in forums, round table discussions, or stakeholder meetings to discuss emergency preparedness, first aid, and disease prevention issues in the workplace.
    Products

    First Aid Advisory Taskforce


    Dr. Donald Wright, Director, Office of Occupational Medicine, Directorate of Science, Technology and medicine, USDOL-OSHA is serving on the American Red Cross and American Heart Association's First Aid Advisory Taskforce. He reviewed and provided feedback on the 2005 Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)/Automated External Defibrillators (AED) and Emergency Cardiovascular Care (ECC) Guidelines.

    Regional Alliances

    The Association's chapters are continuing to recognize the value of working together with OSHA through the Alliance Program. Region V, Peoria, Illinois Area Office and the American Red Cross, Central Illinois Chapter signed an Alliance on December 27, 2004. The American Red Cross is continuing to encourage its Chapters to form Regional and Area Office Alliances. In addition, OSHA and American Red Cross representatives are providing local businesses and others with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect employees' health and safety particularly in reducing and preventing exposure to falls, amputations, ergonomic chemical and electrical hazards and other physical hazards and addressing effective safety and health program issues.

  2. Executive Summary

    Through the Alliance Program, OSHA and the American Red Cross are working together to prepare employers and employees, including American Red Cross employees on how to respond to disasters, life threatening injuries and emergencies. In addition, OSHA representatives are providing information on the Agency's regulations and standards at local American Red Cross Chapters' Workplace Education Seminars throughout the United States

    The OSHA and American Red Cross Alliance Web page features links to the Alliance agreement, news releases, activities and events and milestones and successes. Additionally, through the Alliance, American Red Cross Implementation Team members reviewed and provided feedback on OSHA's Best Practices Guide: Fundamentals of a Workplace First Aid Program.

    Further, OSHA representative, Donald Wright, Director, Office of Occupational Medicine serves on the American Red Cross and American Heart Association's First Aid Advisory Taskforce that updates CPR/AED and emergency cardiovascular care guidelines every five years. In addition, the American Red Cross is encouraging its Chapters to form Regional and Area Office Alliances.

    Finally, OSHA and the American Red Cross promoted the Alliance and the agency's cooperative programs and compliance assistance resources through speaking and exhibiting opportunities including the 2005 and 2006 American Red Cross National Conventions in California and Washington D.C.

  3. Alliance Program Reach
Type of Activity (Conference, Training, Print and Electronic Distribution, etc.) Number of Individuals Reached or Trained
May 19, 2005, OSHA and American Red Cross Alliance Web Page 4,315
May 19, 2005, "American Red Cross and OSHA Sign Alliance to Save Lives"
Agencia Internacional de Noticias
Data not available
May 20, 2005, "OSHA, American Red Cross Team Up in Alliance"
Industry News
Data not available
May 20, 2006, "Red Cross, OSHA Effort Aimed at Those with Limited English Skills"
BLR Business and Legal Reports
Data not available
May 20, 2006, "American Red Cross and OSHA Sign Alliance to Save Lives"
Yahoo News
Data not available
May 27-29, 2005, American Red Cross 2005 National Convention,
San Francisco, California
Speaker: Alan Traenkner
3,000
June 1, 2005, "OSHA Welcomes New National Alliance Participants, Renews Another"
News for OSC
Data not available
June 2, 2005, "Red Cross, OSHA Form Alliance"
BNA Occupational Safety and Health Reporter
Data not available
June 6, 2006, American Red Cross-OSHA Alliance Formed
CCH NetNews
Data not available
August 2005, OSHA Alliances
National Safety Council - OSHA Up To Date
Data not available
August 12, 2005, American Red Cross Workplace Seminar
San Diego, California
Speaker: OSHA representative
42
September 8, 2005, American Red Cross Workplace Seminar
Sacramento, California
Speaker: OSHA representative
29
September 12, 2006, American Red Cross Workplace Seminar
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Speaker: OSHA representative
45
September 14, 2005, American Red Cross Workplace Seminar
Omaha, Nebraska
Speaker: OSHA representative
18
September 14, 2005, American Red Cross Workplace Seminar
Rochester, New York
Speaker: OSHA representative
27
September 15, 2006, American Red Cross Workplace Seminar
Flint, Michigan
Speaker: OSHA representative
17
September 20, 2005, American Red Cross Workplace Seminar
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Speaker: OSHA representative
35
September 22, 2005, American Red Cross Workplace Seminar
Charleston, West Virginia
Speaker: OSHA representative
29
September 28, 2006, American Red Cross Workplace Seminar
Richmond, Virginia
Speaker: OSHA representative
27
September 28, 2006, American Red Cross Workplace Seminar
Greensboro, North Carolina
Speaker: OSHA representative
25
October 6, 2005, American Red Cross Workplace Seminar
Port Charlotte, Florida
34
October 6, 2005, American Red Cross Workplace Seminar
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Speaker: OSHA representative
21
October 7, 2005, American Red Cross Workplace Seminar
Port Charlotte, Florida
Speaker: OSHA representative
34
October 11, 2005, American Red Cross Workplace Seminar
Birmingham, Alabama
Speaker: OSHA representative
23
October 19, 2005, American Red Cross Workplace Seminar
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Speaker: OSHA representative
23
October 20, 2005, American Red Cross Workplace Seminar
Boston, Massachusetts
Speaker: OSHA representative
24
October 28, 2005, American Red Cross Workplace Seminar
Tucson, Arizona
24
November 2, 2005, American Red Cross Workplace Seminar
Tulsa, Oklahoma
Speaker: OSHA representative
32
November 2, 2005, American Red Cross Workplace Seminar
Santa Barbara, California
Speaker: OSHA representative
20
November 4, 2005, "Red Cross Teaches Safety in the Workplace"
Allentown Morning Call
Data not available
November 8, 2005, American Red Cross Workplace Seminar
Orlando, Florida
Speaker: OSHA representative
30
Speaker: OSHA representative 19
January 14, 2006, American Red Cross Workplace Seminar
Massachusetts, Boston
24
January 16, 2006, American Red Cross Workplace Seminar
Greensboro, North Carolina
Speaker: OSHA representative
25
April 12, 2006, American Red Cross North East Service Area Conference
Syracuse, New York
Speaker: Mary Hoyle, Region VII
80
May 12-14, 2006, American Red Cross 2006 National Convention
Washington Convention Center, Washington, D.C.
Exhibited
350
TOTAL 8,327

IV. Upcoming Milestones

In the upcoming year, the OSHA and the American Red Cross Alliance will continue to provide information, guidance, and access to training resources on safety and health topics including emergency preparedness, disease prevention and first aid in the workplace. OSHA will also maintain and update the OSHA and American Red Cross Alliance Web page on OSHA's Web site. In addition, the American Red Cross is developing an Alliance page for its Web site that it expects to post in late January 2007.

Representatives from the OSHA and the Alliance implementation team will also continue to promote the Alliance through presentations and exhibits at meetings and conferences such as the American Red Cross 2007 National Convention. In addition, the Alliance is developing a free-of-charge Webcast on OSHA's Best Practices Guide: Fundamentals of a Workplace First Aid Program. Dr. Donald Wright and Ms. Dionne Williams, Team Leader, Office of Health Enforcement, Directorate of Enforcement Programs and Ms. Erdtmann will participate on the Web cast. The American Red Cross will also join with other Alliance Program participants in supporting the 2007 North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week, May 6-12, 2007. The week is sponsored by the American Society of Safety Engineers, another Alliance Program participant.

The Alliance will also focus on developing compliance assistance resources for LEP and youth worker, including developing fact sheets for life guarding, delivery services, fast food production and landscaping. The American Red Cross will also begin serving on a number of OSHA's Safety and Health Topics pages editorial boards and provide expertise on occupational safety and health issues.

Finally, OSHA, and the American Red Cross will co-sponsor the 2nd Annual Emergency Preparedness Conference: Disaster Readiness on the Home Front, October 19-20, 2006 in Washington, D.C. and continue to speak at the American Red Cross Workplace Education Seminars and form Regional Alliances.


Report prepared by: Sandra Khan, Alliance Coordinator, Office of Outreach Services and Alliances, August 30, 2006.