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OSHA Trade Release
August 10, 2004
OSHA Contact: Bill Wright
Phone (202) 693-1999

American Safety and Health Institute Joins OSHA in Alliance
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