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Trade News Release
Oct. 27, 2006
Contact: Bill Wright
Phone: (202) 693-1999

OSHA, American Heart Association Continue Alliance

WASHINGTON -- The sharing of information about cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and automated external defibrillators (AED) programs highlights OSHA's successful Alliance with the American Heart Association (AHA), and has resulted in a two-year renewal of the agreement.

Edwin J. Foulke Jr., Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA, said: "Working with the AHA has already benefited countless workplaces in both the establishment and improvement of workplace wellness programs. It is vital that we continue this life-saving Alliance with AHA and draw on the expertise of their members to help reduce death and disability from heart disease and stroke."

Added M. Cass Wheeler, AHA's Chief Executive Officer: "We're pleased to continue working with OSHA to build awareness for CPR training and comprehensive AED programs. Through our work with OSHA, we have gained valuable insights about employers' CPR and AED training needs, which we've used to create new courses with more flexible formats."

The OSHA and AHA Alliance will continue to focus on heart disease and stroke in the workplace and the development of information for individuals with limited English proficiency.

OSHA and AHA recently updated two resource tools: ¿Commit to Saving Lives,¿ an overview of CPR and AED programs, and the ¿AED Program Implementation Guide,¿ which provides worksites with key elements and strategies for effective AED programs. AHA representatives continue to work with OSHA on the agency¿s Web-based Safety and Health Topics pages and eTools, including Automated External Defibrillators, Medical and First Aid and AEDs in the Workplace.


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