The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. OSHA and APTA hereby form an Alliance to provide APTA 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 risk factors for musculoskeletal disorders and addressing ergonomic issues. In developing this Alliance, OSHA and APTA recognize that OSHA's State Plan and On-site Consultation Project partners are an integral part of the OSHA national effort.
OSHA and APTA will work together to achieve the following training and education goals:
OSHA and APTA will work together to achieve the following outreach and communication goals:
OSHA and APTA will work together to achieve the following goals related to promoting the national dialogue on workplace safety and health:
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.
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, 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 On-site 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.
Michael G. Connors
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
John D. Barnes
Chief Executive Officer
American Physical Therapy Association
Acting Project Manager
Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity
Onsite Safety and Health
Peter J. McMenamin, PT, MS, OCS
Illinois Physical Therapy Association
Indiana Department of Labor
Jerry Smith, PT, ATC/L, MBA
Indiana Physical Therapy Association
Michigan Occupational Safety and Health
Peter V. Loubert, PT, PhD
Michigan Physical Therapy Association
Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry
Workplace Safety Consultation Program
Joan C. Purrington, PT, MA
Minnesota Physical Therapy Association
Bureau of Worker's Compensation
Ohio On-Site Consultation Program
Jeanine Gunn, PT, DPT
Ohio Physical Therapy Association
Acting Project Manager
Wisconsin On-site Consultation Program
Rob Worth, PT, DPT, MS, OCS, LAT
Wisconsin Physical Therapy Association
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