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Dec. 15, 2006
Contact: Elaine Fraser
Phone: (202) 693-1999

OSHA Signs New Alliance with Nurses Association

WASHINGTON -- Registered nurses and other healthcare providers will benefit from a safer workplace as a result of a new Alliance signed today between the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN).

"This agreement will provide AORN's members and other perioperative healthcare providers with information, guidance and access to training resources to stay safe and healthy at work, said Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA Edwin G. Foulke, Jr. "The Alliance will particularly focus on preventing exposure to bloodborne diseases, ergonomic injuries and exposure to smoke generated from the use of electrosurgery units and lasers.

Under the Alliance, AORN will work with OSHA to develop training and education programs for AORN members and others regarding the prevention of percutaneous injuries. AORN will also work with OSHA to develop information in the recognition and prevention of workplace hazards and to develop ways of communicating this to employers and employees in the industry.

"The provision of patient care cannot be separated from the health and safety of the perioperative care givers. Establishment of a safe work environment provides a means to protect perioperative caregivers from occupational injuries. This Alliance is an opportunity for OSHA and the perioperative nursing community to work together to educate people to work safely in order to avoid debilitating occupational injuries, said Paula Graling, AORN president.

AORN is a profess