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OSHA and the American College of
Occupational and Environmental Medicine Alliance
Close-Out Report
as of March 19, 2005

On March 19, 2003, OSHA and the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) formed an Alliance to 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 agreed to reach out to ACOEM’s members by providing mentoring and guidance for developing, implementing or improving ergonomic programs.

ACOEM promotes the health of workers through preventive medicine, clinical care, research and education. It represents more than 6,000 physicians specializing in the field of occupational and environmental medicine. ACOEM’s members are interested in addressing a broad array of workplace safety and health issues.

In addition to signing the Alliance with OSHA to address ergonomic issues, ACOEM maintained a close working relationship with the Agency’s Office of Occupational Medicine in the Directorate of Science, Technology and Medicine.

Through its relationship with OSHA’s Office of Occupational Medicine, ACOEM currently addresses a variety of occupational safety and health policy and regulatory issues of interest to its members. The association would like to expand its work with the Agency beyond the scope of the Alliance. As a result of this change in focus, ACOEM agreed to conclude its Alliance with OSHA.

However, through the Alliance agreement, OSHA and ACOEM worked together on several successful projects:

  • On May 7, 2003, John Henshaw, OSHA Assistant Secretary, addressed the American Occupational Health Conference, which was held May 2-9, 2003, in Atlanta, Georgia. During the course of his speech, Mr. Henshaw recognized the OSHA-ACOEM Alliance.

  • Dr. John Holland, the president of ACOEM, gave presentation to the National Advisory Committee on Ergonomics on January 28, 2004. The presentation was entitled, “A Microeconomic Model for Estimating Costs of Care for Acute Low Back Problems: A Useful Paradigm for Estimating Costs and Benefits of Workplace Ergonomic Interventions.

  • OSHA staff had an exhibit booth at the 2004 American Occupational Health Conference, which was held April 30-May 7, 2004, in Kansas City, Missouri.

  • Members of ACOEM reviewed and provided comments on a draft of OSHA’ publication entitled, "A Guide for Prevention and Control of Tuberculosis among Workers in Correctional Facilities."

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