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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the American Dental Association (ADA)
recognize the value of continuing their collaborative relationship to foster safer and more
healthful American workplaces. OSHA and ADA hereby renew their Alliance originally signed on April
12, 2004 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. In renewing this Alliance, OSHA and ADA recognize that
OSHA's State Plan and Consultation Project partners are an integral part of the OSHA national
OSHA and ADA will work together to achieve the following outreach and communication goals:
OSHA and ADA will work together to achieve the following goals related to promoting the national
dialogue on workplace safety and health:
- 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.
OSHA's Alliances provide parties an opportunity to participate in a voluntary cooperative
relationship with OSHA for purposes such as training and education, outreach and communication and
promoting a national dialogue on workplace safety and health. These Alliances have proved to be
valuable tools for both OSHA and its Alliance participants. By entering into an Alliance with a
party, OSHA is not endorsing any of that party's products or services; nor does the Agency enter
into an Alliance with the purpose of promoting a particular party's products or services.
- Develop and disseminate case studies illustrating the business value of safety and health and
publicize their results.
- 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
The information provided by ADA and/or its members is for the purpose of contributing to informed
decision-making by the Agency and any other recipients of this information. Information provided by
ADA does not constitute an official statement or position by ADA and is not intended by the parties
to create any legal obligations for ADA or its individual members. Information provided pursuant to
this Alliance Agreement is not intended as a legally binding standard or guideline.
An implementation team made up of representatives of both organizations will continue to meet to
develop a plan of action, determine working procedures, and identify the roles and responsibilities
of the participants. In addition, they will meet at least three times per year to track and share
information on activities and results in achieving the goals of the Alliance. Team members will
include representatives of OSHA's Directorate of Cooperative and State Programs and any other
appropriate offices. OSHA will encourage State Plan States' and OSHA Consultation Projects'
participation on the team.
This agreement will remain in effect for two years. Either signatory may terminate it for any reason
at any time, provided they give 30 days written notice. This agreement may be modified at any time
with the concurrence of both signatories.
Edwin G. Foulke, Jr.
Occupational Health and
Robert M. Brandjord, D.D.S.
American Dental Association
James B. Bramson, D.D.S.
American Dental Association