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(signed April 12, 2004; renewed May 18, 2006; renewed September 4, 2008; concluded April 12, 2010)


Through the Alliance, OSHA and ADA agree to provide ADA members and others with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect employees' health and safety, particularly in reducing and preventing exposure to ergonomic hazards. The Alliance's goals include:

Outreach and Communication goals:

  • Work with OSHA to provide expertise in developing information on the recognition and prevention of musculoskeletal disorders, and to provide expertise in developing ways of communicating such information (e.g. print and electronic media, electronic assistance tools and OSHA?s and the ADA?s Web sites) to employers and employees in the industry.
  • Speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA's or ADA's conferences, local meetings, or other events, such as the ADA Annual Session, and meetings of the Council on Dental Practice.
  • Share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding ADA?s best practices or effective approaches and publicize results through outreach by ADA and through OSHA- or ADA-developed materials, training programs, workshops, seminars, and lectures (or any other applicable forum).
  • Work with other Alliance participants on specific issues and projects on ergonomics that are addressed and developed through the Alliance Program.

Promoting the national dialogue on workplace safety and health:

  • Develop and disseminate case studies illustrating the business value of safety and health and publicize their results.

Related Documents


Alliance Agreements

Alliance Annual Reports

Alliance News Releases


Activities and Events (Archive)


  • May 3-9, 2009: 2009 North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week. American Dental Association and more than 55 other Alliance Program participants supported 2009 NAOSH Week. Sponsored annually by the American Society of Safety Engineers, an Alliance Program participant, and the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering, the Week focuses on the importance of preventing injuries and illnesses in the workplace. The theme for 2009 NAOSH Week was "Safety Means Always Coming Home."

Products and Resources


Alliance Program Participant Developed Products

  • Ergo Tips - Back Pain [PDF* - 266 KB]. Through the OSHA and American Dental Association (ADA) Alliance, ADA developed "Ergo Tips-Back Pain." The document provides information to help dentists, dental hygienists and dental assistants return to work after a back injury. (2010, November)
  • Ergo Tips - Upper Back Pain [PDF* - 306 KB]. Through the OSHA and American Dental Association (ADA) Alliance, ADA developed "Ergo Tips-Back Pain." The document provides information to help dentists, dental hygienists and dental assistants identify common conditions that cause upper back pain and ways to prevent upper back pain. (2010, November)
  • Ergo Tips - Low Back Pain [PDF* - 695 KB]. Through the OSHA and American Dental Association (ADA) Alliance, ADA developed "Ergo Tips-Low Back Pain." It was designed to help dentists, dental hygienists and dental assistants identify common conditions that cause low back pain and provides helpful hints on how to control low back pain. (2009, August)
  • Ergo Success - Neck Pain [PDF* - 764 KB]. Through the OSHA and American Dental Association (ADA) Alliance, ADA developed "Ergo Tips-Hand Pain." It was designed to inform dentists, dental hygienists and dental assistants how the use of loupes while performing work on dental patients will minimize the use of awkward postures. (2009, August)
  • Ergo Tips - Hand Pain [PDF* - 1 MB]. Through the OSHA and American Dental Association (ADA) Alliance, ADA developed "Ergo Tips-Hand Pain." The document provides information to help dentists, dental hygienists and dental assistants identify common conditions that cause hand pain and ways to prevent hand pain. (2007, August)

OSHA Safety and Health Topics Pages

Publications and Newsletters

  • October 16, 2007. This edition of ADA's newsletter includes an article "ADA-OSHA Alliance Posts New Ergonomic Resources" that contains information on an Alliance Program developed hand pain tip sheet.
  • August 22, 2007. This edition of ADA's newsletter includes an article "OSHA Launches Online Compliance Assistance Tool" that contains information on OSHA's Compliance Assistance Quick Start: Health Care Industry Module.
  • August 14, 2007. This edition of ADA's newsletter includes an article "Free OSHA Course Available on ADA CE Online until Sept. 1" that contains information on a free OSHA course available on line.

Related Alliances

Additional Resources


+Alliance Implementation Team members participated in the development of this resource.



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