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




I. Alliance Background

Date Signed

April 12, 2004

Date Renewed

May 18, 2006

Evaluation Period

April 12, 2006 April 11, 2007

Overview

The OSHA and ADA Alliance 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  
Brett Besser
Cathy Cronin
Lee Anne Jillings
*Beth Sherfy
**Bill Willson
Salt Lake Technical Center
Office of Training and Education
Office of Outreach Services and Alliances (OOSA)
OOSA
OOSA
   
ADA  
Jerry Bowman
Donalda Ellek
Linda Keating
Tom Spangler
Helen Ristic
Jim Willey
 

* Beth Sherfy was the OSHA and ADA Alliance Coordinator until November 2006.
** Bill Willson became the OSHA and ADA Alliance Coordinator in December 2006.


II. Implementation Team Meetings
 
June 13, 2006
October 30, 2006
February 12, 2007
Implementation Team Meeting, Teleconference
Implementation Team Meeting, Teleconference
Implementation Team Meeting, Teleconference

III. Results
  1. Events and Products

    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.
    Products

    OSHA and ADA Alliance Web page


    OSHA continues to update the OSHA and ADA Alliance Web page on OSHA's Web site. During the reporting period, information on the Alliance renewal, including the renewal agreement, a photo of the signing and the OSHA news release, was added to the page. The Web page also features links to Alliance related documents, information on activities and events, and milestones and successes. For information on the number of visits to the OSHA and ADA Alliance Web page, please see the Alliance Program Reach table.

    ADA/OSHA Alliance Web page

    The ADA/OSHA Alliance Web page on ADA's 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. The page also includes a number of additional links, such as:

    • OSHA's Web site's Home Page
    • OSHA's "A Guide to Compliance with OSHA Standards"
    • ADA's Post-Exposure Evaluation and Follow-Up Requirements Under OSHA's Standard for Occupational Exposure to Bloodborne Pathogens: A Guide to Dental Employer Obligations
    OSHA's Safety and Health Topics pages

    Through the Alliance, ADA representatives have provided 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, ADA, Chicago, Illinois, and Helen Ristic, Director of Scientific Information, ADA Council on Scientific Affairs, represent the ADA on the editorial boards of the following Topics pages:

    • Bloodborne Pathogens and Needlestick Prevention
    • Dentistry
    Hand Pain Tip Sheets

    Through the Alliance, ADA and OSHA have worked together to develop a Hand Pain Tip Sheet for Dental Schools and Dentists. ADA shared the draft Hand Pain Tip Sheet with OSHA for review and comment and will be finalized in the Spring of 2007.

    Publications and Newsletters

    Articles about the signing of the OSHA and ADA Alliance renewal agreement on May 18, 2006 appeared in a number of publications including ADA news, the BNA Daily Labor Report/Occupational Safety & Health Reporter and the News for Oklahoma Safety Council. Please see the chart in this report under "Alliance Program Reach" for additional information.

    • 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.
    Events

    ADA's Council on Dental Practice Meeting, Chicago, Illinois May 4-6, 2006


    Beth Sherfy made a teleconference presentation on the OSHA and ADA Alliance to 25 participants during the ADA's Council on Dental Practice Meeting May 4, 2006 in Chicago, Illinois.

    ADA Success Practice Management Series

    The ADA added a slide on the OSHA and ADA Alliance to the ADA's Success Practice Management Series PowerPoint presentation in December 2005. The ADA has presented or will present the seminar at twenty-five dental schools during the 2006-2007 school year.

    • 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).
    Event

    2006 ADA Annual Session, October 16-19, 2006, Las Vegas Nevada


    During the 2006 ADA Annual Session, October 16-19, 2006, in Las Vegas Nevada, ADA distributed OSHA's Alliance Program brochure, the OSHA and PMA Alliance Activities Summary, and the OSHA Alliance Program and Consultation Program Fact Sheets to the visitors to the PMA exhibit booth. In addition, on October 19, 2006 Mr. Tim Caruso, MDT, ADA, gave a presentation, "Posture, Pain and Productivity in Dentistry," twice that contained information about the OSHA and ADA Alliance along with links to the Agency's compliance assistance resources.

    • Work with other Alliance participants on specific issues and projects on ergonomics that are addressed and developed through the Alliance Program.
    OSHA's Draft Health Care Module for Compliance Assistance Quick Start

    Through the Alliance, the ADA was invited to join with other health care industry related Alliance Program participants to participate in the review of the draft Health Care module for OSHA's electronic assistance tool, Compliance Assistance Quick Start. Six ADA representatives volunteered to serve on the review committee and have been added to the group.

    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.

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

    • Convene or participate in forums, round table discussions, or stakeholder meetings on ergonomic issues to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace or to provide input on safety and health issues.

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

    During the 2006-2007 reporting period, OSHA and the ADA continued to share expertise and update and develop resources with information about the Alliance and ergonomics. For example, the OSHA and ADA Web page on OSHA's Web site provides links to the Alliance renewal agreement, a photo of the renewal signing, related documents, activities and events, and milestones and successes. The ADA maintains the ADA/OSHA Alliance Web page on ADA's Web site with information about the Alliance and links to OSHA's Web site.

    Also, ADA representatives serve on OSHA's Bloodborne Pathogen and Needlestick Prevention and Dentistry Safety and Health Topics pages' editorial boards. In addition, six ADA representatives are serving on the review committee for OSHA's draft Health Care module for the Agency's electronic assistance tool, Compliance Assistance Quick Start on its Web page.

    Through the Alliance, OSHA and the ADA also shared information with the dentistry industry at the ADA's Council on Dental Practice Meeting on May 4, 2006, in Chicago, Illinois. Beth Sherfy made teleconference presentation to 25 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. The ADA has presented or will present the seminar at 25 dental schools during the 2006-2007 school year.

    Finally, on May 18, 2006 OSHA and ADA signed an Alliance renewal agreement 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 5,298
ADA's Web site Data Not Available
Bloodborne Pathogens and Needlestick Prevention Safety and Health Topics page
Dentistry
171,556
Dentistry Safety and Health Topics page 23,789
May 4, 2006, Alliance Program Update, ADA's Council on Dental Practice Meeting Teleconference
Speaker: Beth Sherfy, OSHA
25
May 18, 2006, "OSHA Renews Alliance with American Dental Association Agreement continues to highlight ergonomic-related issues"
OSHA News Release
72 News Services
May 19, 2006, "ADA, OSHA Renew Ergonomics Alliance"
ADA news
147,000
May 19, 2007, "Ergonomics Outreach and Communication Goals"
ADA news
147,000
May 25, 2006, "OSHA Renews Alliance with Dental Association"
BNA Daily Labor Report/Occupational Safety & Health Reporter
Data Not Available
June 1, 2006, "OSHA Renews Alliance with American Dental Association"
QuickTakes
53,906
June 2, 2006, "OSHA Extends National Alliances with Three Major Entities"
News for Oklahoma Safety Council
Data Not Available
July 2006, "OSHA Alliances"
OSHA Up To Date
Data Not Available
September 19, 2006, "Posture, Pain and Productivity in Dentistry" 2006 ADA Annual Session, Las Vegas, Nevada
Speaker:
Tom Caruso, Dentist, ADA
150
ADA's Success Practice Management Seminar
- Presented 25 times in dental schools
Data Not Available
TOTAL 548,796

IV. Upcoming Milestones

In the upcoming year, OSHA and ADA will continue to promote awareness of the Program and ergonomics in the dental industry. For example, the Alliance implementation team members are committed to maintaining and updating the OSHA and ADA Alliance Web page on OSHA's Web site and the ADA/OSHA Alliance Web page on the organization's Web site.

In addition, ADA representatives will continue to review and provide information for OSHA's Safety and Health Topics pages on Bloodborne Pathogens and Needlestick Prevention and Dentistry through their participation on the pages' editorial boards. Further, a number of ADA representatives will be reviewing OSHA's draft Health Care module of Compliance Assistance Quick Start.

On August 16, 2007, Dana L. Root, Ergonomist, Region V, Chicago, Illinois Area Office, USDOL-OSHA, will also give a presentation, "Ergonomics for Computer Users," during the 2007 American Dental Association Conference on Dentist Health and Wellness August 16-18, 2007 in Chicago, Illinois.

Finally, the group will continue developing safety and health products on ergonomics such as fact sheets and case studies. For example, in April 2007 OSHA provided its final comments on the draft Hand Pain Tip Sheet developed through the OSHA and ADA Alliance and ADA will provide OSHA with the final product in May 2007. In addition, ADA will provide OSHA with a draft copy of the Back Pain Tip Sheet for review and comment in the spring of 2007.

Report prepared by: Bill Willson, Alliance Coordinator, Office of Outreach Services and Alliances, May 15, 2007.