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On March 10, 2003, OSHA and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) formed an Alliance
to use their collective expertise to help foster a culture of prevention while sharing best
practices and technical knowledge, especially in the area of ergonomics. In addition, OSHA and AAOS
agreed to promote safe and healthful working conditions for industries and workers by educating and
serving as a resource to AAOS members and others, including OSHA personnel to help them protect
workers' health and safety, particularly in reducing and preventing exposure to ergonomic hazards.
Because AAOS has been focusing its resources on other projects and priorities, OSHA and AAOS agreed
to conclude the Alliance retroactively as of March 10, 2005. However, OSHA and AAOS will continue to
work together through other avenues to develop and share information on ergonomics. The following
successes resulted from the organizations' working together to meet the Alliance's goals:
Report prepared by: Elizabeth J. Sherfy, Alliance Coordinator, Office of Outreach
Services and Alliances, December 2, 2005
- AAOS representatives serve on the editorial board for OSHA's Motor Vehicle Safety and Motor
Vehicle Safety in Construction Safety and Health Topics pages.
- AAOS exhibited at the 2004 OSHA Compliance Assistance Training Sessions, which was June 14-18,
2004, in Falls Church, Virginia and the Second Annual OSHA Compliance Assistance Conference, which
was June 9-13, 2003, in Vienna Virginia.
- Brett Besser, ergonomist, OSHA's Salt Lake Technical Center, attended AAOS' annual continuing
medical education course on Occupational Orthopaedics and Workers Compensation, November 5-7, 2004,
in Costa Mesa, California.
- AAOS hosted a meeting of Alliance Program participants to discuss recent developments in
ergonomics on May 14, 2004 in Washington, DC.
- Kim Lazor, Chief of Staff, OSHA, gave an update on the Agency's four-pronged approach to
ergonomics at the 71st Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons on March 12,
2004 in San Francisco, California.
- 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, "on January 27, 2004 at the National Advisory Committee on Ergonomics" Research
Symposium in Washington, DC.
- AAOS hosted a half-day seminar, Workplace Musculoskeletal Disorders, for OSHA personnel and
Alliance Program participants on May 30, 2003 in Washington, DC.