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  1. Alliance Background  

    Date Signed


    May 19, 2005

    Date Renewed


    August 6, 2008

    Overview


    Through the OSHA and American Red Cross (ARC) Alliance, the organizations are providing employers and employees, including non-English and limited English speaking employees, with information, guidance, and access to training resources. The Alliance specifically addresses workplace issues, including emergency preparedness, disease prevention education and first aid training.

    Implementation Team Members


    OSHA:

    Sheila Arbury - Directorate of Technical Support and Emergency Management (DTSEM)
    Todd Briggs - Directorate of Cooperative and State Programs
    Kay Dellinger - DTSEM

    American Red Cross:

    Jean Erdtmann - Director, Program Management and Field Support Steve Rieve - Director, Program and Product Management/Health and Safety Services

    Evaluation Period

    May 19, 2010 May 18, 2011

  2. Implementation Team Meetings

    • May 20, 2010 -Implementation Team Meeting
    • November 15, 2010 - Implementation Team Meeting
    • March 21, 2011 - Implementation Team Meeting

    In addition to the scheduled Implementation Team meetings, the Alliance coordinators from both groups maintained regular contact throughout the reporting period to monitor the Alliances progress and results.

  3. Results
    1. Products and Events

      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 OSHAs and American Red Cross Web sites) to employers and employees in the industry.

      American Red Cross Alliance Web Page

      ARC continues to update the ARC and OSHA Alliance Web page on the ARC Web site. The page includes information about the ARC and OSHA Alliance. It addition, the page linked to information about 2011 North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week and the OSHA Distracted Driving Web page.

      OSHA and the American Red Cross Alliance Web Page

      OSHA continues to update and maintain the OSHA and ARC Alliance Web page that is posted on the OSHA Web site. The page includes the OSHA and ARC Alliance agreement, renewal agreement, annual reports, news releases, information on activities and events, and milestones and successes of the Alliance. The page also includes links to the ARC Pandemic Flu Web page and the ARC Alliance-related Web page on the ARC Web site.

      OSHA Editorial Boards

      An ARC representative serves on the editorial board for the following OSHA Safety and Health Topics page on the Agencys Web site: Medical and First Aid Safety and Health Topics page.

      • Speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA and the ARC conferences or other events such as Web cast presented by the ARC local chapter meetings.

        During this evaluation period, no products or resources have been developed to meet this Alliance goal.
      • 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).

        During this evaluation period, no products or resources have been developed to meet this Alliance goal.
      • 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.

      2011 North American Occupational Safety and Health Week, May 1-7, 2011

      On May 1-7, 2011, the ARC and a number of other Alliance Program participants supported 2011 NAOSH Week. Sponsored annually by the American Association 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 2010 was "Celebrating a Century of Safety." ARC also provided mini first aid kits for inclusion in the bags that were distributed to the attendees at the NAOSH Week Kick-off event on May 2, 2012, at the Department of Labor.

      • Encourage ARC chapters to build relationships with OSHAs Regional and Area Vice President for Preparedness and Health and Safety Services Offices to increase emergency preparedness and disease prevention education to workplaces and increase first aid information to LEP and youth workers.

        During this evaluation period, OSHA and ARC Chapters did not sign any Alliance agreements.

      Promoting the National Dialogue Goals

      • Convene or participate in forums, round table discussions, or stakeholder meetings to discuss emergency preparedness, disease prevention education and first aid issues to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace or to provide input on safety and health issues.

      First Aid Advisory Taskforce

      Kay Dellinger, Medical Officer, Office of Occupational Medicine, DTSEM, serves on the ARC and American Heart Association (AHA), an Alliance Program participant, First Aid Advisory Taskforce. The First Aid Advisory Taskforce is responsible for updating cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), automated external defibrillators (AEDs) and first aid guidelines every five years.

    2. Executive Summary

      OSHA and ARC continue to work together to address workplace issues, including emergency preparedness, disease prevention education and first aid training. The positive relationship that OSHA and ARC established through the Alliance Program has led to the development of many programs and projects that the team is currently working on or has produced. For example:

      • ARC and a number of other Alliance Program participants supported the 2011 NAOSH Week, May 1-7, 2011.
      • The OSHA and ARC Alliance Web page on the Agency Web site is updated regularly and includes links to the Alliance agreement, news releases, activities and events and milestones and successes.
      • An ARC representative serves on the editorial board of the OSHA Medical and First Aid Safety and Health Topics page.
      • ARC continues to encourage its Chapters to form and maintain Regional and Area Office Alliances.
      • OSHA representative, Kay Dellinger, Medical Officer, OOM, DSTM, serves on the ARC and AHA First Aid Advisory Taskforce.
    3. Alliance Program Reach

      Type of Activity (Conference, Training, Print and Electronic Distribution, etc.) Number of Individuals Reached or Trained
      OSHA and ARC Alliance Web page on the OSHA Web site 3,842
      ARC and OSHA Alliance-related Web page on the ARC Web site Data Not Available
      OSHA Medical and First Aid Safety, Safety and Health Topics Page 31,923
      Total 35,765
  4. Upcoming Milestones

    In the upcoming year, OSHA and the ARC will undertake several activities to reach the goals of the Alliance. For example:

    • ARC will work with the American Heart Association, an Alliance Program Participant, to develop a best practice fact sheet focusing on CPR psychomotor skills.
    • ARC will work with the American Heart Association, an Alliance Program Participant, to develop a best practice fact sheet focusing on CPR psychomotor skills.
    • ARC and AHA will finalize a best practice fact sheet focusing on CPR psychomotor skills. The document will be posted to the ARC Web site and linked to from the OSHA and ARC Alliance Web page on the OSHA Web site.
    • OSHA and ARC will develop compliance assistance resources, including resources for small businesses, and non-English and Limited-English speaking workers such as fact sheets on disaster preparedness and heat illness prevention.
    • The ARC will join with other Alliance Program participants in supporting 2011 NAOSH Week, May 6-12, 2012.
    • ARC will staff an exhibit booth at DOL Safety Day in June 2012.
    • ARC will maintain and update the ARC and OSHA Alliance Web page on the ARC Web site. In addition, OSHA will maintain and update the OSHA and ARC Alliance Web page on the OSHA Web site.
    • ARC representatives will continue serving on the editorial board of the OSHA Medical and First Aid Safety and Health Topics page.
    • ARC Chapters will work with OSHA Regional and Area Offices to form new Alliances.

    Finally, based on the successes realized during the past 5 years, OSHA and the ARC will explore renewing the Alliance agreement in 2011.

Report prepared by: Todd Briggs, Alliance Coordinator, Office of Outreach Services and Alliances, June 16, 2011.