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OSHA's Assistant Secretary, John Henshaw and ABSA President, Elizabeth Gilman Duane renew national Alliance agreement October 13, 2004
Representatives of ABSA and OSHA gathered round John Henshaw, Assistant Secretary for Occupational Safety and Health, and Maureen Best, President of ABSA, after they signed the National Alliance on September 23, 2002
John Henshaw, Assistant Secretary for Occupational Safety and Health and Maureen Best, President of ABSA
Alliance with OSHA
The OSHA and ABSA Alliance will continue to focus on enhancing workplace health and safety and to assist employers, including small businesses, in developing a preventive focus for biological safety issues. The Alliance's goals include:
Training and education:
- Work with OSHA to provide expertise to develop training and education materials for OSHA Compliance Safety and Health Officers (CSHOs) regarding Biosafety and to provide expertise in communicating such information to employers and employees in the industry.
Outreach and communication:
- 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 ABSA's Web sites) to employers and employees in the industry.
- Speak, exhibit or appear at OSHA's or ABSA's conferences, local meetings, or other events such as ABSA's Annual Conference.
- Share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding ABSA's best practices or effective approaches and publicize results through outreach by ABSA and through OSHA or ABSA developed materials, training programs, workshops, seminars, and lectures (or any other applicable forum).
Promoting the national dialogue concerning biological safety in the workplace:
- Convene or participate in forums, round table discussions, or stakeholder meetings on Biosafety issues to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace or to provide input on safety and health issues.
- Agreement signed September 23, 2002.
- OSHA, American Biological Safety Association Form Alliance -- Goal is Collaboration, Information-Sharing to Address Biological Hazards in the Workplace. OSHA New Release (2002, September 23).
- Alliance Annual Report 2002-2003, Office of Outreach Services and Alliances.
- Renewal Agreement signed April 20, 2004.
- Alliance Annual Report 2003-2004, Office of Outreach Services and Alliances.
- Alliance Annual Report 2004-2005, Office of Outreach Services and Alliances.
- Alliance Annual Report 2005-2006, Office of Outreach Services and Alliances.
- Renewal Agreement signed January 29, 2007.
- OSHA Renews Alliance with American Biological Safety Association. OSHA News Release (2007, March 1).
- OSHA, ASSE, CSSE and Industry Groups Team Up to Increase Job Safety for North American Occupational Safety and Health Week. OSHA News Release (2007, May 4).
Products and Resources
OSHA Safety and Health Topics Pages
- Avian Flu
- Biological Safety
- Bloodborne Pathogens
- Foodborne Disease
- Hazardous Waste
- Indoor Air Quality
- Ionizing Radiation
- Legionnaires' Disease
- Mold and Fungi
- Viral Hemorrhagic Fevers
- Online Resource: The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Web Site on Legionnaires' Disease Bacteria (LDB) (PDF 102KB). ABSA Alliance News.
- On-line Resource: OSHA Infectious Dose White Paper, (PDF 191KB) , ABSA Alliance News.
- Pandemic Influenza Preparedness and Response Guidance for Healthcare Workers and Healthcare Employers
Milestones and Successes
- American Biological Safety Association Alliance Milestones and Successes (2004, December).