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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the
American Dental Association (ADA) recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship
to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. OSHA and the ADA therefore agree to form
an Alliance to use their collective expertise to help foster a culture of prevention while sharing
technical knowledge in the area of ergonomics and promoting safe and healthful working conditions
for dental employees.
OSHA and the ADA will work together to promote the following outreach and communication goals:
OSHA and the ADA will work together to achieve the following goals related
to promoting the national dialogue on workplace safety and health:
- 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 ADA's Web sites.
- Assist OSHA in the development of electronic assistance tools that address workplace safety
and health issues for dental employees.
- Share new ergonomics information related to dental workers, once obtained and developed, with
others in the industry.
- Work with other Alliance participants on ergonomic issues and projects 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.
- Convene or participate in forums and round table discussions on ergonomic issues in the
dental workplace. ADA will also help to make the case that healthy ergonomic practices are good
- 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.
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. ADA is not a standard
setting organization, and 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 meet to develop a
plan of action, determine working procedures, and identify the roles and responsibilities of the
participants. In addition, the team will meet at least quarterly 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
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.
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Eugene Sekiguchi, D.D.S.
American Dental Association
James B. Bramson, D.D.S.
American Dental Association