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Aug 9, 2017

AOHP Designated a NIOSH Total Worker Health® Affiliate 

NIOSH and AOHP signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) in July 2017 that designates AOHP a NIOSH Total Worker Health® Affiliate. 

NIOSH launched the Total Worker Health program in June 2011 to advance the overall safety, health and well-being of workers. Total Worker Health is defined as policies, programs and practices that integrate protection from work-related safety and health hazards with promotion of injury and illness prevention efforts to advance worker well-being. Learn more …

 Aug 2, 2017

AOHP Release Workplace Violence Position Statement

AOHP has released a Position Statement on Workplace Violence (WPV). WPV is defined as violent acts (including physical assaults and threats of assaults) directed toward persons at work or on duty, according to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). Learn more...

Jun 15, 2017

AOHP Releases 2017-2019 Public Policy Statement

AOHP has released its 2017-2019 Public Policy Statement, which specifically targets health and safety concerns in healthcare. These key areas of focus for AOHP for the next two years were identified by the 2017 AOHP membership survey and needs assessment, and through the partnerships that AOHP has developed with other stakeholders. Learn more…

May 10, 2017

Inspirational Speaker and Paratriathlon Pioneer Tricia Downing to Keynote AOHP’s 2017 Annual National Conference

Inspirational Speaker Tricia Downing will keynote the 2017 Association of Occupational Health Professionals in Healthcare (AOHP) Annual National Conference, scheduled for September 6-9 at the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel in Denver, CO. Having made the transition from able-bodied cyclist to an athlete with a disability, Downing knows how to effectively deal with obstacles in reaching for personal goals. Through her presentation Discover Your Inner Champion at the September 7 general session, Downing will motivate participants to reach further, take smarter risks and persevere in the face of heartache, challenge and change. She will provide inspiration and offer practical strategies to emerge from adversity and get back on a positive track to personal success.  Read more….

May 8, 2017

AOHP grants free access to “Proven Strategies to  Reduce Blood Exposures Among U.S. HCW"

Following recent publication of the paper entitled “Proven Strategies to Reduce Blood Exposures among U.S. Healthcare Workers,” the Journal of the Association of Occupational Health Professionals is, for the first time, offering free access to the paper.

“There has been much interest in the paper which outlines the strategies that enabled the top ten hospitals to reduce sharps injuries to a level 70% below the national average,” says AOHP Journal Editor Kim Stanchfield, “and we need to make such an important paper freely available to all.”

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April 23, 2017

AOHP Provides Public Comments to OSHA Regarding Workplace Violence 

AOHP recently responded to a Request for Information (RFI) from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regarding its potential development of a workplace violence (WPV) standard. For more information...

Read AOHP Public Comments here. 

April 6, 2017

AOHP Publishes “Proven Strategies to Prevent Bloodborne Pathogen Exposures in EXPO-S.T.O.P. Hospitals”

The Journal of the Association of Occupational Health Professionals in Healthcare (AOHP) recently published in their Winter 2017 edition (March 2017).  the results of its member-survey which ascertained their most effective strategies to reduce sharps injuries and mucocutaneous blood exposures (BE) among their hospital staff.
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AOHP's EXPO-S.T.O.P. (EXPOsure Survey of Trends in Occupational Practice) was established as a nationally representative blood exposure database and benchmark resource and has completed its fifth consecutive annual survey. A 22-item electronic survey for 2015 calendar year data was developed and distributed to AOHP members nationally and 181 hospitals responded with data suitable for inclusion. 
In addition to surveying AOHP members for their BE incidence rates, the authors, Dr Linda Good and Terry Grimmond, determined the “Top 5” facilities with the lowest BE incidence rates, and interviewed them to ascertain what were their strategies that brought about such marked reductions. For more information…

Feb 13, 2017

AOHP Releases 2016 Staffing Survey Results

AOHP has released the results of its 2016 Staffing Survey, which provides a detailed overview of characteristics, workload and staffing patterns for occupational health departments in healthcare.

AOHP developed the Staffing Survey to address the lack of information that exists about current staffing needs for occupational health departments in U.S. healthcare settings. This most recent Staffing Survey builds on information that AOHP previously collected and analyzed in 2011 and 2014. The 2011 survey provided descriptive information about the relationship between full-time equivalent staffing levels and the number of healthcare workers served. In 2014, the survey was expanded to examine the relationship between staffing levels and reports of job stressors, well-being and job satisfaction.

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Sep 27, 2016

AOHP Elects Key Leaders to Executive Board Positions

AOHP is pleased to announce the results of its recent election of key leaders to the AOHP Executive Board of Directors. Lydia F. Crutchfield, MA, BSN, RN, has been elected to serve as Executive Vice President of AOHP for the 2016-2018 term, which began September 9, 2016. Other newly elected officers include: Executive Treasurer Dana Jennings, BSN, RN, CCM; Region 1 Director Jill Peralta-Cuellar, RN; Region 3 Director Peggy Anderson, RN, COHN/CM; and Region 5 Director Cynthia Hall, MSN, RN, COHN-S/CM. For more information...

Aug 23, 2016

AOHP and NIOSH Continue Collaborative Partnership With Five-Year Extension of Memorandum of Understanding
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and the Association of Occupational Health Professionals in Healthcare (AOHP) have committed to continuing their collaborative partnership to improve workplace safety and health in the healthcare setting with the renewal of their Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). The MOU was first signed in December 2006, extended for five years in 2012 and has now been extended for an additional five years. 

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April 7, 2016

AOHP Releases 2013 and 2014 Results of Its National Survey on Blood Exposures Among U.S. Healthcare Workers
AOHP recently released results of the EXPO-S.T.O.P. (EXPOsure Survey of Trends in Occupational Practice) 2013 and 2014 surveys in the Winter 2016 issue of the AOHP Journal. AOHP's EXPO-S.T.O.P. is an annual survey to ascertain the incidence of sharps injuries and mucocutaneous blood exposures among healthcare workers (HCW) in U.S. healthcare facilities. The largest survey of its kind in the United States, it was initiated in 2011 to establish a nationally representative blood exposure database and benchmark resource. Learn more…

Feb 17, 2016

AOHP Educates Japanese Practitioners on the Value of Building a Hospital Occupational/Employee Health Department
Two members of the Association of Occupational Health Professionals in Healthcare (AOHP) traveled to Japan in January to educate Japanese infection control practitioners, nurses, physicians and hospital administrators about the importance of establishing Occupational/Employee Health departments in Japanese hospitals. Learn more….

Jan 20, 2016

AOHP Celebrates 35th Anniversary
AOHP which has been serving occupational/employee health professionals since 1981, is commemorating its 35th anniversary in 2016! AOHP is celebrating its past while shaping the future for thousands of healthcare workers as the defining resource and leading advocate for occupational health, safety and well-being in healthcare.

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Dec 16, 2015

AOHP Executive Board Member MaryAnn Gruden Appointed to NIOSH Board of Scientific Counselors
AOHP is pleased to announce the appointment of Executive Board Member MaryAnn Gruden to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Board of Scientific Counselors. Her two-year term begins January 1, 2016.

The NIOSH Board of Scientific Counselors includes 15 experts in fields related to occupational safety and health. These members, selected by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, advise the NIOSH Director on occupational safety and health research and prevention programs. The Board also provides advice on standards of scientific excellence, current needs in the field of occupational safety and health, and the applicability and dissemination of research findings.  Read more…

Oct 2, 2015

AOHP Elects Key Leaders to Executive Board Positions
AOHP is pleased to announce the results of its recent selection of key leaders to the AOHP Executive Board of Directors. In addition to the September 11, 2015 election of Executive President Mary Bliss, RN, COHN, and Executive Secretary Stacy L. Stromgren, MSM, BSN, RN, COHN-S, other re-elected officers to two-year terms include: Region 2 Director Debra Quirarte, RN, COHN; and Region 4 Director Bobbi Jo Hurst, MBA, BSN, RN, COHN-C, SGE. Read more…

Sept 17, 2015

AOHP Hosts 34th Annual National Education Conference
PITTSBURGH – More than 265 health professionals and nearly 40 vendors attended the 34th Annual National Conference of the Association of Occupational Health Professionals in Healthcare (AOHP) - Bridging Innovation and Knowledge for Best Practice Development - held September 9-12 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in San Francisco, CA. Read more...

Aug 7, 2015

AOHP Announces Position Statement on Respiratory Protection for Healthcare Workers 
As the national leader for occupational health in healthcare, the Executive Board of Directors for the Association of Occupational Health Professionals in Healthcare (AOHP) recently adopted a new position statement on Respiratory Protection for Healthcare Workers. Read more....

July 20, 2015

AOHP Recognized as COCA Partner Spotlight
AOHP has been selected as The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) COCA Partner Spotlight for July. AOHP is featured online on the CDC's web page at http://emergency.cdc.gov/coca/index.asp.

CDC's Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA) provides timely, accurate and credible information to healthcare workers related to emergency preparedness and response and emerging public health threats. COCA fosters partnerships with national clinician organizations such as AOHP to strengthen information-sharing networks before, during and after a public health emergency. Read more....

June 17, 2015
AOHP Releases Year-Two Results of its National Survey on Blood Exposures Among U.S. Healthcare Workers
June 17, 2015 – The Association of Occupational Health Professionals in Healthcare (AOHP) recently released the results of EXPO-S.T.O.P.-2012, a survey of its members to ascertain the incidence of sharps injuries and mucocutaneous blood exposures among healthcare workers in U.S. hospitals. AOHP's EXPO-S.T.O.P. (EXPOsure Survey of Trends in Occupational Practice), the largest annual survey of its kind conducted in the United States, was initially conducted in 2011 to establish the first nationally representative blood exposure database and benchmark resource. Learn more…

March 24, 2015
Renowned Physician and Award-Winning Professor Lee S. Newman to Keynote AOHP’s 2015 Annual National Conference
March 24, 2015 – Lee S. Newman, MD, MA, FACOEM, FCCP, Professor at the University Of Colorado School Of Public Health and Chief Medical Informatics Officer for Axion Health, Inc., will keynote the 2015 Association of Occupational Health Professionals in Healthcare (AOHP) National Conference, scheduled for September 9-12 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in San Francisco, CA. At the September 10 General Session, he will deliver an upbeat presentation on “Who Cares if You are Happy and Healthy at Work?” examining how each person can make the workplace a better home for personal and professional engagement. His address will also provide participants with insight into how business leaders, psychologists and health professionals contribute to happiness, health and productivity on the job. Learn more...

March 3, 2015
AOHP Seeks EXPO-S.T.O.P. Survey Participants to Analyze Blood Exposures Among Healthcare Workers
March 3, 2015 – The Association of Occupational Health Professionals in Healthcare (AOHP) is requesting information from occupational health professionals nationwide through its EXPO-S.T.O.P. (EXPOsure Survey of Trends in Occupational Practice) survey to continue to expand knowledge on sharps injuries and mucocutaneous blood and body fluid exposure rates in the United States and across the globe.

Blood exposure among healthcare workers is a serious occupational risk that healthcare facilities strive to reduce, yet the United States had no nationwide database for citing or benchmarking sharps injuries and mucocutaneous exposures prior to AOHP's commissioning of EXPO-S.T.O.P. The organization, which is dedicated to conducting practice-driven research, called on its diverse membership of occupational health professionals who work in healthcare to submit a wide range of data. This targeted information from hospitals across the country for the years 2011 and 2012 has been analyzed as the basis to establish the first nationally representative blood exposure database and benchmark resource. Learn more...

Dec 18, 2014
AOHP Announces Position Statement on Standards for Adult Immunization Practice
As the national leader for occupational health in healthcare, the Executive Board of Directors for the Association of Occupational Health Professionals in Healthcare (AOHP) recently adopted a new position statement on Standards for Adult Immunization Practice. For more information…


Dec 3, 2014
Occupational Health Professionals - Join AOHP Now!
Now is the best time of year for occupational health professionals to join AOHP and receive a full year of comprehensive resources and up-to-date practice information. AOHP is the occupational health professional's single best source for information and support. Its programs and publications are dedicated to the health and safety of workers in healthcare, predominately in acute care facilities and occupational health clinics. Learn more…

Oct 24, 2014
AOHP Releases Updated Resource Guide For Mass Immunization of Healthcare Workers
AOHP recently published the third edition of Beyond Getting Started: A Resource Guide for Preparing for Mass Immunization/Prophylaxis of Healthcare Workers to promote mass immunization/prophylaxis capability - a critical function in emergency preparedness involving an infectious agent.
 
Emergency preparedness is an essential responsibility within healthcare facilities. With the reality of Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), bioterrorism, the recent Ebola outbreak, the resurgence of vaccine preventable childhood diseases, Enterovirus D-68, and the potential for pandemic novel influenza viruses, as well as other emerging pathogens in North America, the involvement of the occupational health professional (OHP) is vital to the successful creation and implementation of a facility’s emergency preparedness plan. Learn more...


Oct 8, 2014
AOHP Hosts 33rd Annual National Education Conference
More than 225 health professionals attended the AOHP 33rd Annual National Conference, held September 10-13 at the Sheraton Hotel in New Orleans, LA.
This preeminent event is one of the country's largest conferences for occupational health professionals in healthcare and includes a diverse audience of participants from nearly every state in the nation, as well as international attendees. The conference features four days of dynamic educational programming and the exchange of successful research and innovative practices, in addition to an exhibition, opportunities for networking and the ability for attendees to earn continuing education hours in a wide variety of content areas. The Annual National Conference addresses AOHP’s mission to provide members with opportunities for professional growth through education.  Learn more….

Sept 30, 2014
Japan Infection Control Support Association (JICSA) Receives AOHP’s 2014 Business Award
AOHP is pleased to announce the Japan Infection Control Support Association (JICSA) as the recipient of the 2014 AOHP Business Recognition Award. The award was accepted by Eiji Doi-San and his interpreter Emiko Griffith on September 12, 2014 at the AOHP Annual National Conference in New Orleans, LA.

JICSA, which entered a formal partnership with AOHP in 2010, was granted the award for its visionary collaboration to translate AOHP's renowned resource manual Getting Started: Occupational Health in the Healthcare Setting into Japanese to support the work of occupational health professionals internationally. The translated manual, which serves as a valuable resource for training and education, was released in Osaka, Japan on July 19, 2014 at a meeting of more than 500 of the country's nurses and other health professionals who work in occupational health, infection control, sterile processing and central distribution. Learn more...


Sept 22, 2014

AOHP Elects Key Leaders to Executive Board Positions
AOHP is pleased to announce the results of its recent election of key leaders to the AOHP Executive Board of Directors. In addition to the re-election of Executive Vice President Dana Jennings Tucker, BSN, RN, CCM and Executive Treasurer Elaine Dawson, RN, COHN, other newly elected officers to two-year terms include: Region 1 Director Nancy Johnson, BSN, RN, COHN-S; Region 3 Director Peggy Anderson, RN, COHN/CM; and Region 5 Director Cecelia Baroni Granahan, BS, RN, ONC, COHN-S. Learn more….

Sept 15, 2014
AOHP Publishes 14th Edition of Getting Started: Occupational Health in the Healthcare Setting
AOHP has published the 14th edition of its well respected resource manual Getting Started: Occupational Health in the Healthcare Setting.  The manual provides an overview of the essential information that the novice occupational health professional needs to know to provide occupational health services to healthcare personnel, to assure a safe and healthy work site, and to assist in risk management and other services for the employer. Since the inception of this manual in 1990, it has been written, reviewed and updated biennially by members of AOHP. The manual also serves as a valuable reference for experienced occupational health professionals who are working to advance their profession. Chapter 12, which contains more than 200 references and URLs, provides extensive resources for the occupational health professional as well as content for those preparing for occupational health nursing certification.Learn more...

Jul 15, 2014
AOHP to Address the Work of Occupational Health Professionals in  Healthcare on a Global Scale
Through its partnership with the Infection Control Support Association of Japan (JICSA), a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of infection prevention and control in Japan, AOHP is now supporting the work of occupational health professionals internationally. AOHP's well respected resource manual
Getting Started: Occupational Health in the Healthcare Setting has been translated into Japanese and will be released July 19, 2014 at a meeting in Osaka, Japan of more than 500 of the country's nurses and other health professionals who work in the areas of occupational health, infection control, sterile processing and central distribution. The translated manual will serve as a valuable resource for training and education. Learn more….

Jun 9, 2014

AOHP Position Statements Promote the Work of Occupational Health Professionals in Healthcare
As the national leader for occupational health in healthcare, the Association of Occupational Health Professionals in Healthcare (AOHP) has developed a number of position statements that communicate the association's perspective regarding matters of importance related to the health, safety and well-being of healthcare personnel (HCP.) Learn more...

June 4, 2014
AOHP Releases Updated Safe Patient Handling Resource Guide
AOHP recently published the third edition of Beyond Getting Started: A Resource Guide for Implementing a Safe Patient Handling Program in the Acute Care Setting to promote the health and safety of healthcare personnel and patients across the nation. AOHP strongly supports the provision of a safe and healthy environment for the nurse/caregiver and patient. Back injuries and musculoskeletal disorders related to patient handling are the leading cause of workplace disability for nurses and other direct patient care providers. The importance of developing reliable approaches for prevention of back injuries and other musculoskeletal disorders related to patient handling is critical. AOHP supports actions, policies and laws that will help to establish a safer environment for care for nurses, other direct patient care providers and patients as it relates to safer patient handling and prevention of injuries. Learn more...

April 7, 2014
Board Certified Professional Ergonomist Kathy Espinoza to Keynote AOHP’s 2014 Annual National Conference
Kathy Espinoza, MBA, MS, CPE, CIE, a Board Certified Professional Ergonomist and Assistant Vice President, Ergonomics and Safety for California insurance broker Keenan & Associates, will make two keynote presentations at the 2014 Association of Occupational Health Professionals in Healthcare (AOHP) National Conference, scheduled for September 10-13 at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel in New Orleans, LA. On September 10, Espinoza will give the AOHP Board and Chapter officers practical steps for Finding Balance Between Work and Home to allow them to fully focus on life after work at the end of the day. At the September 11 General Session, she will deliver an upbeat presentation on Building Relationships in Today’s Multi-Generational Workforce, accentuating the positives each generation contributes and how their unique values impact motivation. Learn more...

December 11, 2013
AOHP and Kamo Management Extend Partnership Agreement
The Association of Occupational Health Professionals in Healthcare (AOHP) and Kamo Management Services of Wexford, PA, recently signed a new four-year agreement to extend their professional affiliation. This partnership benefits the more than 1,000 members of AOHP and the thousands of healthcare workers these members care for in hospitals and other health-related facilities across the United States.  Learn more...

December 4, 2013
AOHP Members Release Study Results on the Impact of Age-Related Occupational Injuries
Two members of the Association of Occupational Health Professionals in Healthcare (AOHP) are the first to present research findings that directly examine how patterns of aging and occupational injury risk for the national healthcare workforce compare with trends across all industries. Ken Scott, MPH and Lee Newman, MD, MA, FCCP, FACOEM first published the report of their findings - The Aging Healthcare Workforce: Employment and Occupational Injuries Among Workers in US Private Hospitals During 2010 - in the Fall 2013 AOHP Journal. “The healthcare workforce is aging, but occupational health professionals who work in healthcare are ill-prepared to protect this aging workforce,” Newman explains. “There haven’t been many studies that have examined the relationships between age and occupational injury risks among healthcare workers.” For more information…

November 18, 2013
AOHP Commissions National Survey on Blood Exposures Among Healthcare Workers
The Association of Occupational Health Professionals in Healthcare (AOHP) recently commissioned a survey among its members to establish the first nationally representative blood exposure database and benchmark resource. The results of AOHP's inaugural 2011 EXPO-S.T.O.P. (EXPOsure Survey of Trends in Occupational Practice), the largest annual survey of its kind conducted in the United States, were released in the Fall 2013 edition of the AOHP Journal. Learn more...

November 7, 2013
AOHP's 2012 Julie Schmid Research Scholarship Award Winner Publishes Project Findings
The Association of Occupational Health Professionals in Healthcare (AOHP) recently published an article by the winner of its 2012 Julie Schmid Research Scholarship Award winner that summarizes the findings of an original research project. Learn more…

October 1, 2013
AOHP Endorses ANA Safe Patient Handling and Mobility Guidelines
The Association of Occupational Health Professionals in Healthcare (AOHP) endorses the recently published American Nurses Association (ANA) Safe Patient Handling and Mobility (SPHM) Standards. AOHP has long supported safe patient handling and recognizes that safe mobilization of patients is necessary across the continuum of care. The voluntary national guidelines provide a realistic roadmap for the implementation of successful SPHM programs that include active employer and employee participation as essential components, as well as community needs identified within each of the eight standards. Learn more…

September 18, 2013
AOHP Elects Key Leaders to Executive Board Positions
The Association of Occupational Health Professionals in Healthcare (AOHP) is pleased to announce the election of key leaders to its Executive Board of Directors. In addition to the re-election of Executive President Dee Tyler, RN COHN-S FAAOHN, other newly elected officers, whose terms begin September 13, 2013, include Executive Secretary Deb Rivera, MSN MBA RN COHN, Region 2 Director Debi Quirarte, RN COHN,  and Region 4 Director Bobbi Jo Hurst, BSN RN COHN-S SGE. Learn more... 

August 22, 2013
CDC Modifies New Influenza Reporting Requirements Through Collaboration with AOHP
The Association of Occupational Health Professionals in Healthcare (AOHP) recently provided feedback to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) which led to a change in the CDC's new influenza reporting requirements. Learn more…

June 14, 2013
ANA Releases National Standards for Safe Patient Handling and Mobility
The Association of Occupational Health Professionals in Healthcare (AOHP) encourages its membership, as well as other stakeholders in the healthcare field who are invested in Safe Patient Handling practices, to participate in an upcoming teleconference of the American Nurses Association (ANA.) This teleconference, scheduled for Tuesday, June 25, from 10-10:45 am EDT, focuses on the release of Safe Patient Handling and Mobility: Interprofessional National Standards, a framework to develop comprehensive programs to reduce the risk of injury to healthcare workers and patients in all settings from manual patient lifting, transferring and re-positioning. Learn more...

April 15 2013
Penn State University Professor Dr. Deidre McCaughey to Deliver Keynote Address at AOHP’s 2013 Annual National Conference
Dr. Deirdre McCaughey, PhD MBA, Assistant Professor, Healthcare Management & Strategy, The Pennsylvania State University, will deliver the keynote address Dollars & Sense: Making the Business Case for Optimizing Hospital Safety Performance, on Thursday morning, September 12 at the AOHP 2013 Annual National Conference in Orlando, FL. She will discuss the impact of safety training in lowering incidents of employee injury, examine differences in safety perceptions between injured and non-injured employees, highlight best practices in employee safety, and evaluate the relationship between employee attitudes and positive organizational outcomes. In constructing the business case for investing in occupational safety and health, she will give occupational health professionals tools to better align healthcare employee safety with patient safety. Her presentation is sponsored by Axion Health. More information….

April 4, 2013
AOHP Releases 2013-2015 Public Policy Statement
On behalf of healthcare professionals nationwide, the Association of Occupational Health Professionals in Healthcare (AOHP) has released its 2013-2015 Public Policy Statement, which specifically targets health and safety concerns in healthcare. Three key areas of focus and five targeted health and safety initiatives for AOHP to address during the next two years were identified by the 2010 AOHP membership survey and needs assessment, and through the partnerships that AOHP has developed with other stakeholders. Highlights of the AOHP 2013-2015 Public Policy Statement include: 

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