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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the American Association
of Occupational Health Nurses, Inc. (AAOHN) recognize the value of renewing a collaborative
relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. OSHA and AAOHN hereby renew the
Alliance originally signed May 7, 2003 and renewed October 10, 2005 to provide AAOHN members and
others, including large and small businesses with information, guidance, and access to training
resources. Through the Alliance renewal agreement, the organizations will continue to help to
protect employees' health and safety, particularly in addressing workplace hazard preparedness and
security issues, such as workplace violence, musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), bloodborne pathogens
(BBP) and personal protective equipment (PPE). In renewing this Alliance, OSHA and AAOHN recognize
that OSHA's State Plan and On-site Consultation Project partners are an integral part of the OSHA
OSHA and AAOHN will work together to achieve the following outreach and communication goals:
- Work with OSHA to provide expertise in developing information on the recognition and prevention of
workplace hazards, and to provide expertise in developing ways of communicating such information
(e.g. print and electronic media, electronic assistance tools and OSHA's and the AAOHN's Web sites)
to employers and employees in the industry.
- Speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA's or AAOHN's conferences, local meetings, or other events such
as the annual AAOHN Symposium and Expo.
- Share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding
AAOHN's best practices or effective approaches and publicize results through outreach by AAOHN and
through OSHA- or AAOHN-developed materials, training programs, workshops, seminars, and lectures (or
any other applicable forum).
- Work with other Alliance participants on specific issues and projects including workplace hazard
preparedness and security issues, such as workplace violence, MSDs, BBP and PPE, in the workplace
that are addressed and developed through the Alliance Program.
OSHA and AAOHN will work together to achieve the following goal related to promoting
the national dialogue on workplace safety and health:
- Convene or participate in forums, round table discussions, or stakeholder meetings on healthcare
issues to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace or to provide input on safety and health
OSHA's Alliances provide parties an opportunity to participate in a voluntary cooperative
relationship with OSHA for purposes such as training and education, outreach and communication and
promoting a national dialogue on workplace safety and health. These Alliances have proved to be
valuable tools for both OSHA and its Alliance participants. By entering into an Alliance with a
party, OSHA is not endorsing any of that party's products or services; nor does the Agency enter
into an Alliance with the purpose of promoting a particular party's products or services.
An implementation team made up of representatives of both organizations will meet to develop a plan
of action, determine working procedures, and identify the roles and responsibilities of the
participants. In addition, they will meet at least three times per year to track and share
information on activities and results in achieving the goals of the Alliance. Team members will
include representatives of OSHA's Directorate of Cooperative and State Programs, Directorate of
Enforcement Programs, Directorate of Science, Technology and Medicine and any other appropriate
offices. OSHA will encourage State Plan States' and OSHA On-site Consultation Projects'
participation on the team.
This agreement will remain in effect for two years. Any signatory may terminate it for any reason at
any time, provided they give 30 days written notice. This agreement may be modified at any time with
the concurrence of all signatories.
Edwin G. Foulke, Jr.
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
President, American Association of Occupational Health Nurses
American Association of Occupational Health Nurses