Through the Alliance, OSHA and ACOEM will use their collective expertise to help advance a culture of prevention while sharing best practices and technical knowledge to promote safe and healthful working conditions for workers, especially in the area of reducing and preventing exposure to ergonomic hazards. In addition, OSHA and ACOEM will reach out to the College's members who may benefit from mentoring or guidance in developing, implementing, and/or improving ergonomic programs. The Alliance's goals include:
Training and education
- Develop and deliver training modules and educational programs for health care providers on ergonomic issues.
- Facilitate the training of Occupational Medicine residents in recognizing, diagnosing and treating injuries that may be ergonomic-related.
Outreach and communication
- Encourage ACOEM's members to act as mentors to smaller employers to help implement ergonomic programs and review ergonomic best practices; as jointly defined by OSHA and ACOEM.
- Develop and disseminate information at conferences, events, and/or through print and electronic media, including links from OSHA's and ACOEM's Web sites.
- Cross-train OSHA personnel and industry safety and health practitioners in ACOEM's ergonomic best practices and/or programs; as jointly defined by OSHA and ACOEM.
Promoting the national dialogue on workplace safety and health
- Participate in stakeholder groups and other appropriate forums for providing information during the development of the medical areas of voluntary ergonomic guidelines and other documents developed by OSHA.
- Encourage ACOEM's members to act as liaisons and resources for OSHA's cooperative programs and Compliance Assistance Specialists.
- Convene or participate in forums and roundtable discussions on ergonomics to help forge innovative solutions to ergonomic issues in the workplace. ACOEM will also help to make the business case for sound ergonomic programs.