Alliance -- An OSHA Cooperative Program<< Back to American Dental Association (ADA)




I. Alliance Background

Date Signed

April 12, 2004

Evaluation Period

April 12, 2005 April 11, 2006

Overview

OSHA's Alliance with the American Dental Association (ADA) focuses on fostering a culture of prevention and promoting safe and healthful working conditions for dental employees while sharing technical knowledge in the area of ergonomics.

Implementation Team Members

 
OSHA  
Lee Anne Jillings
Beth Sherfy
Office of Outreach Services and Alliances (OOSA)
OOSA
   
ADA  
Jerry Bowman
Donalda Ellek
Linda Keating
Tom Spangler
Kathleen Todd
Jim Willey
 

II. Implementation Team Meetings
 
March 8, 2006
December 13, 2005
November 22, 2005
Implementation Team Meeting, Teleconference
Alliance Renewal Meeting, Teleconference
Implementation Team Meeting, Teleconference

III. Results
  1. Events and Products

    Outreach and Communication Goals


    • Disseminate information on safe and healthful working conditions for dental employees through speaking or exhibiting at conferences and other events, print and electronic media and links from OSHA's and the ADA's Web sites.
    Products

    OSHA and ADA Alliance Web Page


    OSHA continues to update the OSHA and ADA Alliance Web page on OSHA's Web site. The Web page features links to the Alliance agreement and related documents, information on activities and events, and milestones and successes. The Web page has been updated to include information about an upcoming presentation on the Alliance Program by Beth Sherfy to the ADA's Council on Dental Practice. For information on the number of visits to the OSHA-ADA Alliance Web page, please see the Alliance Program Reach table.

    ADA Web Site

    The ADA Web site features information about the OSHA and ADA Alliance, including a link to the OSHA and ADA Alliance Web page on OSHA's Web site.

    Events

    146th ADA Annual Session, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, October 6-9, 2006


    Lee Anne Jillings, Director of the Office of Outreach Services and Alliances, Directorate of Cooperative and State Programs, USDOL-OSHA, made a presentation on the OSHA and ADA Alliance to 75 attendees on October 6, 2005 at the 146th ADA Annual Session in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

    ADA Success Practice Management Seminar

    The ADA added a slide on the OSHA and ADA Alliance to the ADA's Success Practice Management Seminar PowerPoint presentation in December 2005. Since the slide was added, the ADA has presented the seminar 12 times in dental schools to more than 1300 attendees.

    • Assist OSHA in the development of electronic assistance tools that address workplace safety and health issues for dental employees.
    Products

    OSHA's Safety and Health Topics page


    Through the Alliance, an ADA representative has continued to provide expertise to review, maintain and update two of OSHA's Safety and Health Topics pages. Donalda Ellek, Manager, Office of Quality Assessment and Improvement, Council on Dental Benefits Programs, American Dental Association, Chicago, Illinois, represents the ADA on the editorial boards of the following Topics pages:

      • Bloodborne Pathogens and Needlestick Prevention
      • Dentistry
    • Share new ergonomics information related to dental workers, once obtained and developed, with others in the industry.

      During this reporting period, OSHA and the ADA did not work on projects to address this goal.

    • Work with other Alliance participants on ergonomic issues and projects that are addressed and developed through the Alliance Program.

      During this reporting period, OSHA and the ADA did not work on projects to address this goal.
    Promoting the National Dialogue on Workplace Safety and Health

    • Convene or participate in forums and round table discussions on ergonomic issues in the dental workplace. The ADA will also help make the case that healthy ergonomic practices are good business practices.

      During this reporting period, OSHA and the ADA did not work on projects to address this goal.

    • Explore ways that can be used for determining if ergonomics instruction is currently being included in dental schools' educational programs and encouraging the incorporation of sound and proven ergonomics techniques into the schools' curriculum.

      During this reporting period, OSHA and the ADA did not work on projects to address this goal.
  2. Executive Summary

    During the 2005-2006 reporting period, OSHA and the ADA continued to share expertise and update and develop resources with information about the Alliance and ergonomics. The OSHA and ADA Web site on OSHA's Web page provides links to the Alliance agreement, related documents, activities and events, and milestones and successes. The ADA maintains a Web page with information about the Alliance and links to OSHA's Web site. Also, an ADA representative serves on OSHA's Bloodborne Pathogen and Needlestick Prevention and Dentistry Safety and Health Topics pages' editorial boards.

    Through the Alliance, OSHA and the ADA shared information with the dentistry industry at the 146th ADA Annual Session, which was October 6-9, 2005, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. On October 6, 2005, Lee Anne Jillings, Director of the Office of Outreach Services and Alliances, Directorate of Cooperative and State Programs, USDOL-OSHA, made presentation to 75 attendees on the OSHA and ADA Alliance. In addition, in December 2005, the ADA added information about the Alliance to the association's Success Practice Management Seminar's presentation materials. Since the slide was added, the ADA has presented the seminar 12 times in dental schools to more than 1300 attendees.

    Finally, OSHA and the ADA worked on developing an Alliance renewal agreement draft to continue providing ADA members and others with information, guidance and access to training resources to help them protect employees' health and safety, particularly in reducing and preventing exposure to ergonomic hazards.

  3. Alliance Program Reach
Type of Activity (Conference, Training, Print and Electronic Distribution, etc.) Number of Individuals Reached or Trained
OSHA and ADA Web page on OSHA's Web site 4,649
ADA's Web site Data Not Available
SHA's Safety and Health Topics Pages
 - Bloodborne Pathogens and Needlestick Prevention
 - Dentistry
Data Not Available
October 6, 2005, Alliance Program Update, 146th ADA Annual Session, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Speaker: Lee Anne Jillings, OSHA
75
ADA's Success Practice Management Seminar
 - Presented 12 times in dental schools
1,300
TOTAL 1,300

IV. Upcoming Milestones

In the coming year, OSHA and ADA will renew the Alliance agreement and continue to promote awareness of the Program and ergonomics in the dental industry. The renewal agreement will revise the Alliance's goals to more accurately reflect the organizations' areas of interest. The Alliance implementation team members also are committed to maintaining and updating the OSHA and ADA Alliance Web page on OSHA's Web site and ADA's Alliance-related Web page on the organization's Web site.

In addition, an ADA representative will continue to review and update OSHA's Safety and Health Topics pages on Bloodborne Pathogens and Needlestick Prevention and Dentistry through their participation on the pages' editorial boards. Representatives from OSHA and ADA will also promote the Alliance through speeches at meetings such as the May 4, 2006, meeting of ADA's Council on Dental Practice. In addition, the group will begin developing safety and health products on ergonomics such as fact sheets and case studies.


Report prepared by: Elizabeth Sherfy, Alliance Coordinator, Office of Outreach Services and Alliances, May 12, 2006.