The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the American Red
National Cross (American Red Cross) recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship
to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. OSHA and the American Red Cross hereby form
an Alliance to help prepare employers and employees, including the American Red Cross employees, to
respond to disasters, life threatening injuries and emergencies. Through this Alliance the
organizations will provide 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 will include a focus on individuals with Limited English Proficiency (LEP) and youth
workers. In developing this Alliance, OSHA and the American Red Cross recognize that OSHA's State
Plan and Consultation Project partners are an integral part of the OSHA national effort.
OSHA and the American Red Cross will work together to achieve the following training and education goal:
OSHA and the American Red Cross will work together to achieve the following outreach and
- 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
OSHA and the American Red Cross will work together to achieve the following goals related to
promoting the national dialogue on workplace safety and health:
- 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.
- Speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA and the American Red Cross conferences or other events such as
the American Red Cross local chapter meetings.
- 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).
- 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.
- 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.
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.
- 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.
- Convene or participate in forums, round table discussions, or stakeholder meetings to discuss
emergency preparedness, first aid, and disease prevention issues in the workplace.
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. If any products are developed outside of this agreement they will be under a separate
approved plan. In addition, the team 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 and any other
appropriate offices. OSHA will encourage participation by State Plan States and OSHA Consultation
Projects on the team.
This agreement will remain in effect for three 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 signatories.
Jonathan L. Snare
Acting Assistant Secretary
Occupational Health and
Executive Vice President
Chapters and International Operations
American Red Cross