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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
    Jennifer Geiger              Health and Safety

    Evaluation Period 

    May 19, 2011 – May 18, 2012


  2. Implementation Team Meetings

    • July 7, 2011 - Implementation Team Meeting  
    • December 15, 2011 - Implementation Team Meeting
    • April 24, 2012 - 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 Alliance’s progress and results.

  3. Results

    1. Products and Events 
    2. 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 American Red Cross’ Web sites) to employers and employees in the industry.  

      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.

      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 Distracted Driving Initiative

      Through the Alliance Program, ARC supported OSHA’s national outreach initiative focusing on distracted driving, including the dangers of texting while driving and other distracted driver-related hazards. ARC helped to promote the outreach-related materials, including posting information about the initiative to the ARC and OSHA Alliance Web page.

      OSHA Editorial Boards

      A representative from ARC serves on the editorial board for the following OSHA Safety and Health Topics page on the Agency’s Web site: Medical and First Aid. As of January 2012, the use of editorial boards has been suspended.

      • 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 activities have been developed to meet this goal of the Alliance.

      • 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).

      2012 OSHA Annual On-site Consultation Conference

      A representative from ARC delivered a presentation to more than 20 people focusing on the organization’s “Ready Rating” Program at the 2012 OSHA Annual On-site Consultation Conference on April 23-26, 2012, in Nashville, Tennessee. The program helps small businesses prepare and assist with their emergency response efforts. 

      • 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.

      2012 North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week

      On May 6-12, 2012, the ARC and a number of other Alliance Program participants supported the 2012 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 2012 was "Safety, it’s What Every Business Needs.”  ARC helped support the Week through a number of activities, including posting information about the Week to ARC and OSHA Alliance Web page, as well as provided safety-related items for inclusion in the bags distributed to the attendees at the NAOSH Week Kick-off event at DOL on May 7, 2012.

      • Encourage ARC chapters to build relationships with OSHA’s 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 or renew 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.

    3. Executive Summary
    4. OSHA and ARC continue to work together to address workplace issues, including emergency preparedness, disease prevention education, and first aid training. As a result of this positive relationship, the organizations completed a number of projects and activities to meet the goals of the Alliance agreement. For example:

      • A representative from ARC delivered a presentation at the 2012 OSHA Annual On-site Consultation Conference focusing on the organization’s “Ready Rating” Program, which helps small businesses prepare and assist with their emergency response efforts. 

      • ARC and a number of other Alliance Program participants supported the 2012 NAOSH Week, May 1-7, 2012. ARC also supported the OSHA initiative focusing on distracted driving.

      • 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 Alliances with OSHA’s Regional and Area Offices.

      • OSHA representative, Kay Dellinger, Medical Officer, OOM, DSTM, serves on the ARC and AHA First Aid Advisory Taskforce.

    5. 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 3,211
      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
      2012 OSHA Annual On-Site Consultation Conference 20
      Total 42,154

  4. Upcoming Milestones

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

    • ARC and OSHA will work to deliver a Webinar for members of the On-site Consultation Program focusing on the ARC Small Business “Ready Rating” Program.

    • OSHA and ARC will develop compliance assistance resources, including resources for small businesses, and non-English and Limited-English speaking workers such as tear sheets/fact sheets on disaster preparedness and heat illness prevention.

    • ARC will join with other Alliance Program participants in supporting 2013 NAOSH Week, May 5-11, 2013.

    • ARC will staff an exhibit booth at DOL Safety Day in June 2013.

    • ARC Chapters will work to form and maintain Alliances with OSHA’s Regional and Area Offices.

Report prepared by: Todd Briggs, Alliance Coordinator, Office of Outreach Services and Alliances, August 10, 2012.