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(signed March 10, 2003; concluded March 10, 2005)
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
- 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
- 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."
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