May 19, 2005
Through the OSHA and American Red Cross Alliance, the organizations are providing employers and employees, including non-English and limited English speaking employees, with information, guidance, and access to training resources. In particular, the Alliance specifically addresses emergency preparedness, disease prevention education and first aid training.
Implementation Team Members
Office of Occupational Health Nursing, Directorate of Technical Support and Emergency Management (DTSEM)
Office of Occupational Medicine (OOM), DTSEM
Office of Outreach Services and Alliances (OOSA), Directorate of Cooperative and State Programs (DCSP)
Office of Health Enforcement, Directorate of Enforcement Programs
American Red Cross:
Director, Research and Product Development
Sr. Director, Corporate Safety Officer
Senior Director, Program Development and Sales Support
Associate, Community and Marketing
Director, Program and Product Management/Health and Safety Services
Manager, Disaster Education
May 19, 2008 – May 18, 2009
Implementation Team Meetings
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.
Outreach and Communication Goals
OSHA and the American Red Cross Alliance Web Page
OSHA continues to update its OSHA and American Red Cross Alliance Web page on the Agency Web site. The Web page features links to the Alliance agreement and related documents and information on activities and events, and milestones and successes. The page also includes links to the American Red Cross Pandemic Flu Web page and the Alliance-related Web page on the American Red Cross Web site.
American Red Cross Alliance-related Web Page
The American Red Cross developed an Alliance-related Web page on the American Red Cross Web site that features the goals of the OSHA and American Red Cross Alliance and a link to the OSHA and American Red Cross Alliance Web page on the Agency Web site. In addition, the page featured information about the 2009 NAOSH Week, May 3-9, 2009 and the 2008 Department of Labor Drug-Free Work Week, October 20-26, 2008.
Print and Electronic Media
Information and news releases on the OSHA and American Red Cross Alliance's activities appeared in numerous publications, including Occupational Health & Safety Magazine, Medical Environment Week, and HealthCare Pro. For more information regarding the articles, please see the "Alliance Program Reach" table.
OSHA Safety and Health Topics Pages
Through the Alliance, American Red Cross representatives, Ted Crites, CHES, American Red Cross First Aid/CPR Project Manager, and Edward V.Sargent, MPH, PhD, DABT, American Red Cross Advisory Council on First Aid, Aquatics, Safety, and Preparedness (ACFASP), are serving on the OSHA Medical and First Aid Safety and Health Topics page’s editorial board.
American Red Cross Workplace Seminars
OSHA Regional and Area Offices and State Plan State representatives continue to work with local American Red Cross Chapters to provide speakers for their Workplace Seminars throughout the United States. During the seminars, the OSHA representatives provide information and guidance to the attendees on OSHA regulations and standards, including ergonomics, bloodborne pathogens, first aid and fire prevention. Large and small business representatives in the local communities attended the following seminar:
“Emergency Preparedness: Safe at Work, Safe at Home,” Web Expo, May 6, 2009
OSHA and the American Red Cross worked together to develop the content for the Web cast, “Emergency Preparedness: Safe at Work, Safe at Home,” conducted on May 6, 2009. During the Web cast, Christina Jones, Industrial Hygienist, Office of Science and Technology Assessment, DTSEM, USDOL-OSHA, delivered a presentation entitled "OSHA's Emergency Response Role and Helpful Resources for Preparedness," and Jose Benavides, Team Leader, Office of Small Business Assistance, DCSP, USDOL-OSHA, and Jim Boom, Safety and Occupational Health Specialist, Office of Partnerships and Recognition, DCSP, USDOL-OSHA, delivered a presentation entitled “OSHA Cooperative Programs: On-site Consultation and OSHA Challenge Pilot Program." More than 2,500 safety and health professionals viewed the Web Expo.
2008 North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week, May 3-9, 2009
The American Red Cross (ARC) and more than 55 other Alliance Program participants supported 2009 NAOSH Week. Sponsored annually by the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), 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 2009 NAOSH Week was "Safety Means Always Coming Home." Scott Conner, Senior Vice President, Preparedness and Health and Safety Services, ARC, John Hendrickson, Senior Associate, Preparedness and Health and Safety Services, ARC, Lynda Harris, Manager, Preparedness and Health and Safety Services, ARC, Dawn Latham, Senior Associate, Government Relations, ARC, attended the NAOSH Week Kick-off event at the U.S. Department of Labor in Washington, DC on May 4, 2009. Acting Assistant Secretary Jordan Barab, USDOL-OSHA; Warren Brown, President, ASSE; and Andrew Cooper, Secretary, CSSE; provided brief remarks. The Kick-off also featured an Alliance Program participant panel with presentations from Alliance Program participants American Heart Association, ASSE, Independent Electrical Contractors, and National Safety Council focusing on workplace safety and health issues.
The American Red Cross also supported the Week by providing handouts and first aid kits as giveaways for the NAOSH Week bags provided to the 200 attendees at the kick-off event.
2008 Drug-Free Work Week, October 20-26, 2008
The American Red Cross and a number of other Alliance Program participants supported the 2008 Drug-Free Work Week. Sponsored annually by the U.S. Department of Labor's Working Partners for an Alcohol- and Drug-Free Workplace Program, the Week focused on educating employers, employees and the public about the importance of being drug-free as an essential component of a safe and healthful workplace.
OSHA Regional and Area Office Alliances
Kay Dellinger, Medical Officer, OOM, 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.
The American Red Cross Chapters are continuing to recognize the value of working together with OSHA through the Alliance Program. During the reporting period, the following Regional and Area Office Alliances were active:
Through the Alliance, the organizations 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 fall, amputation, ergonomic, chemical, electrical and other physical hazards and/or addressing implementation of effective safety and health program issues. In addition, the Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter added a link to the OSHA and American Red Cross national Alliance Web page on the Agency’s Web site to its Web site.
Through the Alliance, the organizations 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 fall, amputation, ergonomic, chemical, electrical and other physical hazards and/or addressing implementation of effective safety and health program issues.
Promoting the National Dialogue Goals
First Aid Advisory Taskforce
Kay Dellinger, Medical Officer, OOM, DSTM, USDOL-OSHA, serves on the American Red Cross 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.
The positive relationship that OSHA and American Red Cross established over the past three years has led to the development of many programs and projects that the team is currently working on or has produced. For example, through the OSHA and American Red Cross Alliance the organizations developed the content for the Web Expo, “Emergency Preparedness: Safe at Work, Safe at Home," that was conducted on May 6, 2009. More than 2,500 safety and health professionals viewed the Web Expo. In addition, OSHA and American Red Cross representatives provided their support, expertise and shared information through a number of different avenues. For example:
|Type of Activity (Conference, Training, Print and Electronic Distribution, etc.||Number of Individuals Reached or Trained|
|OSHA and American Red Cross Alliance Web page on the OSHA Web site||4,256|
|American Red Cross and OSHA Alliance-related Web page on the American Red Cross Web site||15,223|
|OSHA Medical and First Aid Safety and Health Topics Page||12,965|
|August 13, 2008: OSHA Renews Alliance with American Red Cross Occupational Health & Safety Magazine||80,100|
|August 19, 2008: OSHA Renews Red Cross Alliance Medical Environment Weekly||Data not available|
|August 12, 2008: OSHA Renews Alliance with American Red Cross CCH NetNews||Data not available|
|September 2, 2008: OSHA Renews Red Cross Alliance HealthCare Pro||Data not available|
|November 2008: Safety First!Belcher Roofing Centers Company Around Safety, Quality, Production OSHA Up to Date||62 News Services|
|December 10, 2008: Making Sure Workers Come Home Safely The Virginia Engineer||Data not available|
|May 6, 2009: “Emergency Preparedness: Safe at Work, Safe at Home” Web Expo||2,500|
In the upcoming year, OSHA and the American Red Cross will renew their Alliance agreement and undertake several activities to reach the goals of the Alliance. For example:
Finally, the American Red Cross will join other Alliance Program participants, including the American Heart Association and the American Biological Safety Association to provide their expertise to OSHA as it develops a Healthcare Worker Outreach Training Course.
Report prepared by: Sandra Khan, Alliance Coordinator, Office of Outreach Services and Alliances, June 16, 2009.Back to Top
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