Back to Region V
ANNUAL ALLIANCE REPORT
MADISON AREA OFFICE WDA
May 2, 2005
I. Alliance Background
February 2, 2004
Historically, the Wisconsin Dental Community and OSHA had more of an adversarial relationship when dealing with issues of common concern such as bloodborne pathogens, hazard communication, and other safety and health issues. Most often our only interaction was the result of a compliance visit which may have resulted in citations and penalties. This alliance provided an opportunity to address not only these issues but other issues as well in a positive and proactive way. The alliance was entered into for the purpose of improving communications, and promoting the dialogue on workplace safety and health issues affecting the dental community.
Implementation Team Members.
Kimberly Stille Area Director, Mark Fontaine Team Leader, Sabrina Fox WDA, Terry Moen Wisconsin Health Consultation Service.
II. Implementation Team Meetings
May 27, 2004 Madison Wisconsin Area Office - A meeting was held to discuss the direction of the Alliance.
June 2004 Phone call between the Compliance Assistant and the WDA to discuss Alliance.
October 1, 2004 Madison Wisconsin Area Office – Meeting to discuss the Alliance.
April 2005 Madison Wisconsin Area Office – Meeting to discuss resigning of Alliance.
III. Activities and Products
This report covers the period from February 2, 2004 until May 6th 2005
The alliance has not produced as many products as the partners would have liked but in terms of perceived impact, the alliance has influenced the dental community’s perception of OSHA. Anecdotal information indicates that the vast majority of dental workers who have been the recipients of outreach, education and training, favor the alliance. Since this dialogue was established, Madison OSHA has conducted numerous outreach and training sessions with local dental associations as well as speaking at the State-wide Wisconsin Dental Association Meeting. (The first time in recent memory that the WDA has invited OSHA to speak.) And we have been invited back to speak again this May 5th. Besides the usual issues of bloodborne pathogens and hazard communication this has allowed OSHA to address other important issues such as electrical, office safety, ergonomics, and emergency preparedness among others. Furthermore the dental practices that attended the outreach sessions are provided with an overview of OSHA that for many shows OSHA in a positive light. The alliance is in the process of being renewed.
V. Upcoming Milestones
Future plans include:
Report Prepared by: Mark Fontaine