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OSHA Trade Release
February 19, 2004
Contact: Bill Wright
Phone: (202) 693-1999

OSHA, Association of Occupational Health Professionals form Alliance
Efforts will focus on bloodborne disease and bioterrorism, patient-handling hazards

WASHINGTON -- The healthcare industry is set to benefit from an Alliance formed today between the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Association of Occupational Health Professionals (AOHP).

OSHA Administrator John Henshaw signed the agreement saying the Alliance validates the significance of a collaborative relationship with one goal in mind -- worker safety and health.

Said Henshaw: "We look forward to tapping the collective expertise of more than 1,100 health care professionals who want to work with us to assure that workers throughout the healthcare industry enjoy safe and healthful work environments. AOHP members are strong advocates for occupational safety and health, and we welcome this valuable relationship."

"AOHP, as the leading national advocate for occupational health and safety in healthcare settings, is excited to have the opportunity to collaborate with OSHA to enhance and promote the health and safety of workers in healthcare," added AOHP President Emeritus MaryAnn Gruden, RN, CRNP. "With our combined efforts, we look forward to making a significant difference in the safety of healthcare workers."

Focus of the Alliance is to provide AOHP members and others with information, guidance and access to training resources that can help reduce and prevent exposure to hazards associated