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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Wisconsin Dental Association (WDA) recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful Wisconsin workplaces. Therefore, OSHA and the Wisconsin Dental Association hereby form an Alliance to use their collective expertise to work toward the goals set forth in this agreement. This Alliance has no enforcement component and is entered into for the purpose of providing training and education, improving communications and promoting dialogue on workplace safety and health issues affecting the dental community.

OSHA and the Wisconsin Dental Association will establish an Alliance to promote safe and healthful working conditions for the dental industry employees by:
  • Promoting the use of existing OSHA web based tools, written materials and free training resources.

  • Working cooperatively to disseminate relevant OSHA updates/informational articles within the WDA journal, the Executive Director’s Update and/or post on the WDA web.
OSHA and the Wisconsin Dental Association will work together to achieve the following training and education goals:
  • Through this partnership, partners will build upon resources developed by WDA in conjunction with OSHA and continue to develop dental-specific training programs, materials and guidance that will comprehensively address safety and health.

  • Participate in large scale WDA conferences, if needed, and/or local component events.

  • Develop and disseminate to the dental community, points of contact within OSHA that are accessible to members and trained to meet the educational needs of dental offices and answer technical questions concerning safety and health issues.
OSHA and the Wisconsin Dental Association will work together to achieve the following outreach and communication goals:
  • Establish a level of trust whereby WDA members can begin to perceive OSHA as a resource that can be utilized to answer questions, and/or offsite compliance assistance.

  • Increase awareness of OSHA employer recognition programs such as the Volunteer Protection Program (VPP) offered through OSHA and the Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP) offered through the Wisconsin On-Site Consultation Services.

  • Work together to promote the dialogue on workplace safety and health by publicizing dental office success stories or positive results made possible through this alliance via print or electronic media, promotion at conferences, or other means of outreach.
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 every other month to track and share information on activities and results in achieving the goals of the Alliance.

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.


Kimberly Stille
Area Director
Madison Area OSHA Office


Constantine Stamatelakys
Wisconsin Dental Association


George Yoksas
Area Director
Milwaukee Area OSHA Office


Melvin Lischefski
Area Director
Appleton Area OSHA Office


Mark Hysell
Area Director
Eau Claire Area OSHA Office