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OSHA Trade Release
U.S. Department of Labor
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Office of Communications
For Immediate Release
OSHA Trade Release
August 10, 2004
OSHA Contact: Bill Wright
Phone (202) 693-1999
Focus is on emergency preparedness and response, individual first aid
WASHINGTON -- The American Safety and Health Institute (ASHI) has joined with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to educate and train workers to respond to workplace emergency situations.
ASHI and OSHA signed a formal Alliance today that provides a foundation for both organizations to work together on emergency preparedness and response, including first aid information such as Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) techniques.
"The American Safety and Health Institute, through its resource of professional safety & health educators, are the experts in life-saving training and we're pleased that we'll be able to draw on that expertise to ensure that workers have the tools and training they need to respond to emergency situations," said OSHA Administrator John Henshaw.
"ASHI is pleased to enter into this Alliance with OSHA," added Tim Eiman ASHI Vice Chairman. "In light of domestic threats, it's more important than ever that business employer's and employees are prepared to respond to emergencies. ASHI will work collaboratively with OSHA to enhance workplace emergency preparedness and provide guidance for training employees."
The Alliance will give OSHA and ASHI the opportunity to help prepare employees, including but not limited to youth and Spanish-speaking workers, to respond to emergency situations at the workplace. A key component of the Alliance is to work with other Alliance participants on specific issues and projects related to emergency preparedness and response, such as CPR and AED techniques, business continuity issues, and first aid information.
OSHA and ASHI representatives plan to speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA and/or ASHI conferences and local meetings, including ASHI's annual conference. ASHI will work with OSHA to provide expertise in developing information on the recognition and prevention of workplace hazards, and to also develop a means to communicate the information to employers and workers.
ASHI is a not for profit association of professional safety & health educators focusing on excellence in education in the areas of CPR, AED, First Aid, workplace safety/disaster preparedness, rescue and wilderness survival skills, among others, while successfully targeting all areas of safety and health, helping to educate the lay public and emergency service professionals alike
OSHA's role is to assure the safety and health of America's workers by setting and enforcing standards; providing training, outreach, and education; establishing partnerships; and encouraging continual process improvement in workplace safety and health. For more information, visit www.osha.gov.
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