The OSHA and the AAOS Alliance focuses on helping industries and workers by educating and serving as a resource to AAOS members, industry, workers, and OSHA personnel in reducing and preventing exposure to ergonomic hazards. The Alliance's goals include:
Outreach and communication:
- Develop and disseminate information at conferences, events, and through print and electronic media, including links from OSHA's and AAOS' Web sites.
- Speak and exhibit at conferences or other events, such as the AAOS Annual Meeting or AAOS Workers' Compensation Course, to promote the effectiveness of OSHA's approach to addressing ergonomics.
- Educate OSHA personnel on current research initiatives and identifying workplace hazards.
- OSHA will work with AAOS as AAOS develops a clearinghouse of training and education information on ergonomic issues.
Promoting the national dialogue on workplace safety and health:
- Encourage AAOS members to act as liaisons and resources for OSHA's cooperative programs.
- Share information supporting the solutions to ergonomic hazards developed by AAOS, as well as examples of hazard recognition strategies and analytical tools, with OSHA and others. Promote their implementation through print or electronic media, conferences, or other means of reaching out to other constituents.
- Convene or participate in forums and roundtable discussions on ergonomic problems to help forge innovative solutions to ergonomic issues in the workplace.
Alliance Annual Reports
Alliance News Releases
Activities and Events
- February 23-27, 2005: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons 2005 Annual Meeting, Washington DC Convention Center, Washington, DC.
- May 14, 2004: AAOS Ergonomics Roundtable, Washington, DC. AAOS hosted other Alliance Program participants, including the Graphics Arts Coalition (GAC), The Dow Chemical Company and the American Society of Safety Engineers, at a meeting to discuss recent developments in ergonomics. Representatives from GAC and Dow as well as AAOS made presentations to the group.
- March 10-14, 2004: 71st Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, San Francisco, California.
- March 12, 2004: Kim Lazor, former-Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary, USDOL-OSHA, gave an update on OSHA's four-pronged approach to Ergonomics.
- January 27, 2004: National Advisory Committee on Ergonomics Research Symposium, Washington, DC. Dr. Peter Amadio, a member of AAOS, gave a presentation entitled, "The Evidence for Repetitive Microtrauma as a Factor in the Etiology of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: A Study of the Subsynovial Connective Tissue."
- October 31 - November 1, 2003: 5th Annual Occupational Orthopedics and Workers Compensation: A Multidisciplinary Perspective, Boston Marriott Cambridge, Cambridge, Massachusetts.
- May 30, 2003: Half-day seminar on Workplace Musculoskeletal Disorders for OSHA personnel and Alliance Program participants. AAOS members spoke to OSHA personnel and Alliance Program participants on topics including: "Research - Credibility and Fairness from Reliable Information and the Science of Risk Factors for Back Problems at Work;" "The Activity Paradigm for Treatment of Acute Low Back Pain;" "Magnetic Resonance Imaging;" "Carpal Tunnel Syndrome in the Workplace: An Evidence-Based Review;" "The Worker's Elbow: An Evidence-Based Review;" and "Shoulder Disorders: Work Activity Considerations."
Products and Resources
Safety and Health Case Studies
- Your Orthopaedic Connection. Public information page of American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons website.