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OSHA Trade Release
July 28, 2004
OSHA Contact: Frank Meilinger
Phone (202) 693-1999

OSHA Aligns with the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations and Joint Commission Resources, Inc.
Agreement focuses on reducing exposure to biological and airborne hazards in health care

WASHINGTON -- The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has joined with the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) and the Joint Commission Resources, Inc. (JCR) to educate the health care community on safety and health issues for healthcare workers.

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

"We're looking forward to working with both organizations, particularly on emerging occupational biological and airborne safety and health issues in the workplace," said OSHA Administrator John Henshaw. "By drawing on the expertise of JCAHO/JCR, together we can make positive strides in ensuring that healthcare workers are armed with the tools they need to stay safe and healthy at work."

"We're pleased to partner with OSHA to improve and advance workplace safety and health," said Dennis S. O'Leary, M.D., JCAHO President. "This Alliance is a logical extension of our long-standing working relationship that will benefit the more than 16,000 accredited health care organizations by helping them address issues affecting the