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Trade News Release
Nov. 8, 2006
Contact: Bill Wright
Phone: (202) 693-1999



OSHA Renews Alliance with the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations and Joint Commission Resources, Inc.

WASHINGTON -- The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) today renewed its two-year-old Alliance with the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) and the Joint Commission Resources, Inc. (JCR).

Edwin J. Foulke, Jr., Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA, renewed the Alliance during a signing ceremony saying the agreement is working and much more is still left to be accomplished. "The healthcare community is reaping benefits as a result of this cooperative relationship, and we are pleased to continue working with both organizations to further safety and health for healthcare employees."

Dennis S. O'Leary, JCAHO President, and Karen H. Timmons, JCR Chief Executive Officer echoed Foulke sentiments. Said O'Leary: "Improvements in workplace safety protect clinical care-givers and ultimately benefit those for whom they provide care." Timmons said employee safety is "imperative" in today's healthcare environment. "JCR is working side-by-side with experts at OSHA and JCAHO to provide a host of educational resources that arm healthcare organizations with strategies, tools and techniques to help keep employees safe."

OSHA and JCAHO/JCR developed the curriculum for the 1st and 2nd Emergency Preparedness Conferences held in Washington in 2005 and last month. The Alliance also resulted in the successful Audio/Web conference in January with the American Heart Association, another Alliance Program participant, which provided attendees an overview of new cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) guidelines. The Alliance participants also jointly write a standing column for JCR's newsletter Environment of Care®News.

The Alliance unites OSHA and JCAHO/JCR on efforts to provide education and compliance assistance to healthcare providers and others with information and access to training resources on biological and airborne hazard topics, in addition to emergency preparedness, ergonomics, and workplace violence.








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