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Trade News Release
Oct. 10, 2006
Contact: Bill Wright
Phone: (202) 693-1999

OSHA, Association of Occupational Health Professionals Renew Alliance

WASHINGTON -- Occupational health professionals in healthcare settings have a new guidance document for patient handling, thanks to an Alliance established between OSHA and the Association of Occupational Health Professionals more than two years ago.

"That is just one example of the significance of this Alliance and why AOHP and OSHA want to continue this relationship," said OSHA Administrator Ed Foulke, after recently signing a two-year renewal to the Alliance. MaryAnn Gruden, past president of AOHP echoed Foulke's sentiments saying that the collaborative efforts with OSHA "has had a voice in the national dialogue to improve workplace health and safety."

The document, entitled "Patient Handling in the Acute Care Setting" provides necessary tools and other resources for healthcare professionals to enable them to implement a safe patient handling program. The Alliance has also provided an avenue for AOHP professionals to offer their expertise to OSHA on several health-related Safety and Health Topics pages, including bloodborne pathogens, health care facilities, and the hospital electronic assistance tool.

The Alliance will continue its focus on reducing and preventing exposure to patient-handling hazards, bloodborne diseases, and emergency preparedness in healthcare facilities.


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