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Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
And
Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (SDMS)
November 17, 2006

I. Alliance Background

Date Signed

October 26, 2004

Overview

Through the Alliance, OSHA and SDMS are working together to provide the organization's members and others in the medical community with information, guidance, and access to training resources to help protect employees' health and safety, particularly in reducing and preventing exposure to work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs).

Implementation Team Members
 
OSHA  
   
Brett Besser
Brently Donaldson
Sandra Khan
Salt Lake Technical Center (SLTC)
Office of Training and Education (OTE)
Office of Outreach Services and Alliances (OOSA)
   
SDMS  
   
Joan Baker
Donald Haydon
Founder
Executive Director

Evaluation Period

October 26, 2005 October 25, 2006

II. Implementation Team Meetings

 
March 6, 2006
June 15, 2006
August 16, 2006
Meeting, Washington, D.C.
Meeting, Washington, D.C
Meeting, Washington, D.C.

In addition to these formal meetings, the Alliance coordinators from both groups maintained regular contact throughout the reporting period to monitor the Alliance's progress and results.

III. Results
  1. Events and Products

    Training and Education Goal


    • Work with OSHA to provide expertise to develop and promote training and education programs on work-related MSD issues for the medical ultrasound community (e.g.: employees, employers, educators, medical facilities, and equipment manufacturers).
    During this evaluation period, no products or resources have been developed to meet this Alliance goal.

    Outreach and Communication Goals

    • Work with OSHA to provide expertise in developing information on the recognition and prevention of workplace hazards, and to provide expertise in developing ways of communicating such information to employers and employees in the industry.
    Products

    OSHA and SDMS Alliance Web page on OSHA's Web site


    The OSHA and SDMS Alliance Web page on the Agency's Web site continues to be updated and includes links to related documents, activities and events, products and resources, milestones and successes and the SDMS and OSHA Alliance Web page. For more information on the number of visits please see the "Alliance Program Reach" table.

    SDMS and OSHA Alliance Web page on SDMS's Web site

    The SDMS and OSHA Alliance Web page on the organization's Web site is updated regularly and includes the goals of the Alliance, links to the OSHA and SDMS Alliance Web page on the Agency's Web site and articles related to the Alliance. In addition, the Web page has links to the SDMS "Workzone for Musculoskeletal Disorders" and the "Industry Standards for the Prevention of Work-Related Musculoskeletal Disorders in Sonography."

    • Speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA's or SDMS' conferences, and meetings such as, the SDMS Annual Conference, or other ultrasound related events.
    Events

    2006 SDMS Annual Conference, Denver, Colorado, October 12 - 15, 2006


    At the 2006 SDMS Annual Conference, October 12-15 2006, in Denver, Colorado, Joan Baker, Founder, SDMS gave a presentation, "OSHA Update," to 1,300 conference attendees during the Plenary Session. In addition, Brett Besser, Certified Industrial Hygienist and Certified Professional Ergonomist, SLTC, USDOL-OSHA, Pam Baptiste, Industrial Hygienist, Region VIII, Federal and State Programs, USDOL-OSHA, Megan Meagher, Compliance Assistance Specialist, Region VIII, Denver, Colorado Area Office, USDOL-OSHA, and Joanna Shulsky, Training Officer, Region VIII, USDOL-OSHA, staffed the OSHA and SDMS Alliance exhibit within the SDMS Safety Island. The OSHA staff distributed copies of the OSHA and SDMS Alliance Activities Summary document, the Alliance Program brochure and "All About OSHA" to over 200 attendees.

    • Share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding SDMS best practices or effective approaches and publicize results through outreach by SDMS and through OSHA- or SDMS developed materials, training programs, workshops, seminars, lectures (or any other applicable forum).
    Products

    OSHA Journal Club, Webcast, Washington, D.C. May 25, 2006


    Through the Alliance, Joan Baker, Founder, SDMS, gave a presentation, "Ergonomic Hazards in Ultrasonography," that included ergonomic hazards associated with the sonography profession, SDMS best practices and information on the OSHA and SDMS Alliance at the May 25, 2006 OSHA Journal Club.

    Seimens Medical Solutions, Smart Scanning Webcast, July 18, 2006

    SDMS representative, Joan Baker provided information on the OSHA and SDMS Alliance during the Smart Scanning Web cast on July 18, 2006. The Webcast also provided guidance on proper ergonomic techniques to the Seimens sonography staff.

    • Promote and encourage SDMS members or their worksites' participation in OSHA's cooperative programs such as compliance assistance, the Voluntary Protection Program, Consultation, and its Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program.
    During this evaluation period, no products or resources have been developed to meet this Alliance goal.

    • Work with other Alliance participants on specific issues and projects on MSD and ergonomics that are addressed and developed through the Alliance Program.
    Products

    Preventing Occupational Injury among Diagnostic Medical Sonographers, Environment of Care, March 2006


    Joan Baker, Founder, SDMS, worked with the Joint Commission on Accreditation for Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) and Joint Commission Resources (JCR), another Alliance Program participant, to develop an article, "Preventing Occupational Injury Among Diagnostic Medical Sonographers." The article was published in the March 2006 edition of JCR's monthly newsletter, Environment of Care.

    • Encourage diagnostic medical ultrasound worksites to build relationships with OSHA's Regional and Area Offices to address health and safety issues associated with equipment, professional, and administrative control measures.

      During this evaluation period, no products or resources have been developed to meet this Alliance goal.

    Promoting the National Dialogue on Workplace Safety and Health Goals

    • Raise others' awareness of and demonstrate their own commitment to workplace safety and health whenever SDMS leaders address groups.
    SDMS Presentations

    SDMS has added information on the Alliance Program and the OSHA and SDMS Alliance to several SDMS ergonomic presentations. For example, Joan Baker, Founder, SDMS, made the following presentations to numerous healthcare facilities and organizations throughout the United States:

      • Ergonomic Challenges in Echocardiography
      • Tools for Work Safety the Stakes are High
      • Scanning Postures and their Risks for Work-Related Injury
      • The Importance of Ergonomics in Diagnostic Ultrasound
    • Develop and promote dissemination of case studies illustrating the business value of safety and health and publicize their results.

      During this evaluation period, no products or resources have been developed to meet this Alliance goal.

    • Convene or participate in forums, round table discussions, or stakeholder meetings on MSD and ergonomic issues related to sonography to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace.

      During this evaluation period, no products or resources have been developed to meet this Alliance goal.
  2. Executive Summary

    During the 2005-2006 reporting period, OSHA and SDMS are continuing to work together to help foster a culture of prevention while sharing technical knowledge in the area of ergonomics and promoting safe and healthful working conditions for sonographers

    Through the Alliance, OSHA and SDMS have also developed Alliance Web pages on their organizations' Web sites that are updated regularly. The Alliance Web pages include links to the SDMS and OSHA Alliance agreement, related documents, and activities and events. For example: Joan Baker, Founder, SDMS, worked with the JCAHO/JCR, another Alliance Program participant, to develop an article, "Preventing Occupational Injury among Diagnostic Medical Sonographers." The article was published in the March 2006 edition of JCR's monthly newsletter, Environment of Care.

    OSHA and SDMS representatives continue to share safety and health information and best practices through conferences and presentations. For example, Joan Baker, Founder, SDMS gave a presentation, "Ergonomic Hazards in Ultrasonography," during the OSHA Journal Club Webcast, May 25, 2005 that was broadcast from Washington, D.C. In addition, she gave a presentation that included information on the OSHA and SDMS Alliance during a Seimens Webcast on Smart Scanning on July 18, 2006. She also added information on the Alliance Program and the OSHA and SDMS Alliance to several ergonomic presentations that she gives throughout the United States including, the Willamette Echo Society Meeting, December 20, 2005 in Portland, Oregon and the 25th Annual North Carolina Ultrasound Society Conference,

    In addition, Brett Besser, Certified Industrial Hygienist and Certified Professional Ergonomist, SLTC, USDOL-OSHA, Pam Baptiste, Industrial Hygienist, Region VIII, Federal and State Programs, USDOL-OSHA, Megan Meagher, Compliance Assistance Specialist, Region VII, Denver, Colorado Area Office, USDOL-OSHA, and Joanna Shulsky, Training Officer, Region VIII, USDOL-OSHA, staffed the OSHA and SDMS Alliance exhibit within the SDMS Safety Island during the 2006 SDMS Annual Conference, October 12 - 15, 2006, in Denver, Colorado,

    Finally, the OSHA and SDMS Alliance Implementation Team members agreed in October 2006 to renew the OSHA and SDMS Alliance. The Alliance renewal agreement's goals will be written to more accurately reflect the organizations' areas of interest.

  3. Alliance Program Reach
Type of Activity
(Conference, Training, Print and Electronic Distribution, etc.)
Number of Individuals Reached or Trained
OSHA and SDMS Alliance Web page on OSHA's Web site 4,315
SDMS and OSHA Alliance Web page on SDMS's Web site 22,490
October 12-15, 2006:
2006 SDMS Annual Conference
Denver, Colorado
Exhibited
1,300
October 12-15,2006
2006 SDMS Annual Conference
Denver, Colorado
Speaker: Joan Baker "OSHA Update"
1,300
November 15, 2005: "Ergonomic Challenges in Echocardiography"
La Crosse, Wisconsin
Speaker: Joan Baker
35
November 16, 2005: "Ergonomic Challenges in Echocardiography"
Mason City, Iowa
Speaker: Joan Baker
35
November 29, 2005: "Ergonomic Challenges in Echocardiography"
Liberty, Missouri
Speaker: Joan Baker
35
December 13, 2005: "Ergonomic Challenges in Echocardiography"
Topeka Kansas
Speaker: Joan Baker
35
December 13, 2005: "Ergonomic Challenges in Echocardiography"
Boston, Massachusetts
Speaker: Joan Baker
35
December 14, 2005: "Tools for Work Safety the Stakes are High"
Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Speaker: Joan Baker
35
December 15, 2005: "Ergonomic Challenges in Echocardiography"
Boston, Massachusetts
Speaker: Joan Baker
35
December 20, 2005: "Ergonomic Challenges in Echocardiography"
Willamette Echo Society
Portland, Oregon
Speaker: Joan Baker
35
February 9, 2006: "Ergonomic Challenges in Echocardiography"
Tennessee Ultrasound Society
Huntsville, Alabama
Speaker: Joan Baker
35
February 16, 2006: "Ergonomic Challenges in Echocardiography"
South Bend, Indiana
Speaker: Joan Baker
35
February 20, 2006: "Ergonomic Challenges in Echocardiography"
Dubuque, Cedar Rapids, Iowa City, and Des Moines, Iowa
Speaker: Joan Baker
35
March 3, 2006: "Importance of Ergonomics in Diagnostic Ultrasound"
Grand Rapids, Minnesota
Speaker: Joan Baker
35
March 3- April 2, 2006:
25th Annual North Carolina Ultrasound Society Conference
"Importance of Ergonomics in Diagnostic Ultrasound"
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Speaker: Joan Baker
225
April 17, 2006: "Ergonomic Challenges in Echocardiography"
Tulsa, Oklahoma
Speaker: Joan Baker
35
April 25, 2006: "Tools for Work Safety the Stakes are High"
St. Louis, Missouri
Speaker: Joan Baker
35
April 26, 2006: "Tools for Work Safety the Stakes are High"
Springfield, Illinois
Speaker: Joan Baker
35
April 26, 2006: "Tools for Work Safety the Stakes are High"
Springfield, Missouri
Speaker: Joan Baker
35
May 3, 2006: "Tools for Work Safety the Stakes are High"
Chicago, Illinois
Speaker: Joan Baker
35
May 11, 2006: "Tools for Work Safety the Stakes are High"
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Speaker: Joan Baker
35
May 17, 2006: "Tools for Work Safety the Stakes are High"
Washington, D. C.
Speaker: Joan Baker
35
May 18, 2006: "Tools for Work Safety the Stakes are High"
Providence, Rhode Island
Speaker: Joan Baker
35
May 22, 2006: "Ergonomic Challenges in Echocardiography" Richmond and Norfolk, Virginia, Raleigh, North Carolina
Speaker: Joan Baker
35
May 23, 2006: "Tools for Work Safety the Stakes are High"
Boston, Massachusetts
Speaker: Joan Baker
35
May 24, 2006: "Tools for Work Safety the Stakes are High"
Tyngsboro, Massachusetts
Speaker: Joan Baker
35
May 25, 2006: "The Importance of Ergonomics in Diagnostic Ultrasound"
OSHA Journal Club
Washington, D.C.
Speaker: Joan Baker
35
June 21, 2006: "The Importance of Ergonomics in Diagnostic Ultrasound"
Jacksonville, Florida
Speaker: Joan Baker
45
July 6, 2006: "Scanning Postures and Their Risks for Work-Related Injury"
Sacramento, California
Speaker: Joan Baker
35
July 18, 2006: "Web cast Smart Scanning"
Siemens Medical Solutions
Speaker: Joan Baker
Data not available
September 6, 2006: "Tools for Work Safety the Stakes are High"
Hartford, Connecticut
Speaker: Joan Baker
35
September 19, 2006: "Tools for Work Safety the Stakes are High"
Des Monies, Iowa
Speaker: Joan Baker
35
September 26, 2006: "Tools for Work Safety the Stakes are High
Charlotte, North Carolina
Speaker: Joan Baker
40
September 27, 2006 "Tools for Work Safety the Stakes are High"
Washington D.C.
Speaker: Joan Baker
35
October 4, 2006: "WRMS in Sonography"
Sacramento, California
Speaker: Joan Baker
40
October 4, 2006: "Tutorial Occupational Injury in Sonography"
Sacramento, California
Speaker: Joan Baker
50
October 18, 2006: "Occupational Injury in Sonography"
Boston, Massachusetts
Speaker: Joan Baker
43
TOTAL 30,736

IV. Upcoming Milestones

In the upcoming year, OSHA and SDMS will renew the Alliance agreement and continue to promote awareness of the Alliance Program and provide information, guidance, and access to training resources to protect employees' health and safety, particularly in reducing and preventing exposure to work-related MSDs.

The Alliance implementation team members are committed to maintaining and updating the OSHA and SDMS Alliance Web page on OSHA's Web site and SDMS's Alliance-related Web page on the organization's Web site.

In addition, Joan Baker will continue to promote the OSHA and SDMS Alliance and the Alliance Program during presentations that she gives on the prevention of work-related MSDs to numerous organizations throughout the United States.

SDMS is also planning to support and promote the 2007 NAOSH Week, May 6-12, 2007. The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), another Alliance Program participant, is the Week's sponsor and numerous other Alliance Program participants are also supporting the event.

Finally, OSHA and SDMS are working with other Alliance Program participants including, the American Association of Occupational Health Nurses, the Laser Institute of America and the Association of Occupational Health Professionals in Healthcare to update OSHA's Hospital eTool.


Report prepared by: Sandra Khan, Alliance Coordinator, Office of Outreach Services and Alliances, December 4, 2006.