Reducing Death And Disability From Heart Disease And Stroke In The Workplace
alliance has been formed to provide a foundation between the American
Heart Association (AHA) and the federal Occupational Safety and Health
Administration (OSHA) to focus on reducing death and disability from
heart disease and stroke in the workplace.
of the alliance is for both organizations to work together to share
best practices and technical knowledge on the prevention, and
management of risk factors, recognition of warning signs and actions
for early treatment related to heart disease and stroke.
OSHA and the
AHA will develop information and guidance on employee wellness that can
be incorporated into workplace safety and health education and training
programs, officials said. Topics for discussion will include primary
and secondary prevention of heart disease and stroke by recognition and
management of related risk factors and warning signs, exercise, fitness
and weight management.
"The AHA has
significant resources of medical experience and expertise that we can
draw on to reduce the instances of heart disease and stroke suffered by
workers," said John Henshaw, OSHA administrator. "This truly can be a
workers from these illnesses not only leads to greater productivity;
but, more importantly, allows them to spend healthier happier times at
home with their families," said M. Cass Wheeler, AHA CEO.
alliance both organizations will develop training and education
programs on automated external defibrillator (AED) program
implementation including key elements, system designs and best
practices, as jointly determined by both organizations.
organizations will also speak, exhibit and appear at AHA conferences,
local meetings or other events, such as AHA’s Emergency
Cardiovascular Care Update, Scientific Sessions and the Quality of Care
and Outcomes Conference, according to officials.
the alliance’s announcement, the organizations will also
encourage cross-training OSHA personnel and industry safety and health
professionals in the AHA’s best practices for effective
approaches to fighting heart disease and stroke.
The AHA and
OSHA will also develop and disseminate case studies illustrating the
importance of employee wellness and publicize those results, and other
relevant information, through print and electronic media, including the
use of electronic assistance tools and links from both
organizations’ Web sites. Finally, representatives of OSHA and
the AHA will participate in forums and roundtable discussions to help
raise awareness of the value of employee health and wellness programs
and the use of AEDs in the workplace.
Addresses: American Heart Association, 7272 Greenville Ave., Dallas, TX 75231; (800) 242-8721, www.americanheart.org. Occupational Safety and Health Administration, 200 Constitution Ave. NW, Washington DC 20210; www.osha.gov.
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