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Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
and the
Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (SDMS)
November 9, 2007

I. Alliance Background

Date Signed

October 26, 2004

Date Renewed

January 29, 2007

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)
Directorate of Training and Education
Office of Outreach Services and Alliances (OOSA)
   
SDMS  
   
Joan Baker
Donald Haydon
Chair, SDMS Work-Related Musculoskeletal Disorders (WRMD) Task Force
Executive Director

Evaluation Period

October 26, 2006 - October 25, 2007

II. Implementation Team Meetings

 
January 29, 2007
March 21, 2007
August 31, 2007
Implementation Team Meeting
Implementation Team Meeting
Implementation Team Meeting

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 sonography community.

      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 (e.g. print and electronic media, electronic assistance tools and OSHA's and SDMS's Web sites) to employers and employees in the industry.
    Products

    Print and Electronic Media


    Articles on the OSHA and SDMS Alliance renewal have appeared in print and online publications, including, Sonography World, OSHA and SDMS news releases, OSHA QuickTakes, and Occupational Safety and Health magazine. For more information on the print and electronic media, please see the Alliance Program Reach Section of this report.

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

    OSHA is continuing to update the OSHA and SDMS Alliance Web page that is posted on the Agency's Web site. The page includes the OSHA and SDMS Alliance agreement, renewal agreement, news releases, activities and events and milestones and successes.

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

    SDMS is continuing to update the SDMS and OSHA Alliance Web page on the organization's Web site. The page 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 OSHA's Compliance Assistance, Voluntary Protection Programs and Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program Web pages on the Agency's Web site.

    OSHA's Healthcare Facilities Safety and Health Topics page

    SDMS representative, Joan Baker, Chair, WRMD Task Force, participates on the Agency's Healthcare Facilities Safety and Health Topics page's editorial board.

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

    2007 SDMS Annual Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada, October 12 - 14, 2007


    At the 2007 SDMS Annual Conference, October 12 - 14, 2007 in Las Vegas, Nevada, Joan Baker, Chair, WRMD Task Force, gave a presentation, "OSHA and SDMS Alliance Update and Ergonomics for the Cardiac Sonographer," to the conference's attendees on October 12, 2007. In addition, Brett Besser, SLTC, staffed the Alliance Program exhibit within the SDMS Safety Island and distributed copies of the OSHA and SDMS Alliance Activities Summary, Alliance Program brochure and "All About OSHA" to conference attendees.

    • Share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding SDMS's best practices or effective approaches and publicize results through outreach by SDMS and through OSHA or SDMS's developed materials, training programs, workshops, seminars, and lectures (or any other applicable forum).
    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, Chair, WRMD Task Force, made the following presentations to numerous healthcare facilities and organizations throughout the United States:

    • Occupational Injury in Sonographers
    • Minimizing Sonographer Injury
    • Ergonomic Challenges in Echocardiography
    • Tools for Worker Safety the Stakes are High
    • Ultrasound Technology: The Picture is Changing
    • Ergonomic Challenges in Echocardiography
    SDMS Clinical Sonography Site Evaluation Reports

    SDMS added information on the Alliance Program and the OSHA and SDMS Alliance to its Clinical Sonography Site Evaluation reports that were completed at several Massachusetts area hospitals including the Brigham & Women's Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. For more information on the print and electronic media, please see the Alliance Program Reach Section of this report.

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

    OSHA's Hospital eTool Ergonomics Module


    SDMS representative, Joan Baker, Chair, WRMD Task Force, is participating on the Agency's update of its Ergonomics Module of the Hospital eTool with a number of other Alliance Program participants including the American Association of Occupational Health Nurses and the Association of Occupational Heath Professionals. In addition, SDMS representatives provided input and expertise to assist OSHA with the development of its Sonography Module of the Agency's tool. The Sonography Module will be launched on the Agency's Web site in 2008.

  2. Executive Summary

    During the 2006 - 2007 reporting period, OSHA and SDMS continued 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. This positive relationship has led to the development of the many programs and projects that the team is currently working on or has produced. For example:

    • OSHA and SDMS regularly update the Alliance-related Web pages on their organizations' Web sites. The Web pages include links to the OSHA and SDMS Alliance agreement, renewal agreement, related documents, and activities and events.

    • OSHA and SDMS representatives share safety and health information and best practices through conferences and presentations. For example, Joan Baker, Chair, WRMD Task Force, 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 Occupational Injuries Conference, October 28, 2006 at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, and the 4th Annual Conference; Arizona Society of Echocardiography, January 13, 2007 in Phoenix, Arizona.

    • SDMS added information about the Alliance Program and the OSHA and SDMS Alliance to its Clinical Sonography Site Evaluation reports that were completed at several Massachusetts area hospitals.

    • SDMS representatives are participating on the Agency's update of the Ergonomics Module of the Agency's Hospital eTool. In addition, representatives are also providing input and expertise to assist OSHA with the development of its Sonography Module of the Hospital eTool.

    • Joan Baker, Chair, WRMD Task Force participates on OSHA's Healthcare Facilities Safety and Health Topics page's editorial board.

    • Brett Besser, SLTC, USDOL - OSHA staffed the Alliance Program exhibit within the SDMS Safety Island during the 2007 SDMS Annual Conference, October 12 - 14, 2007, in Las Vegas, Nevada. In addition, Joan Baker, Chair, WRMD Task Force, gave a presentation, "OSHA and SDMS Alliance Update and Ergonomics for the Cardiac Sonographer," to the conference's attendees on October 12, 2007.
      Based upon the ongoing successes of the OSHA and SDMS Alliance, the organizations agreed to continue the Alliance and signed a renewal agreement on January 29, 2007.
  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 7,213
SDMS and OSHA Alliance Web page on SDMS's Web site 25,259
OSHA's Hospital eTool 38,913
October 28, 2006
Occupational Injuries Conference
Boston, Massachusetts
"Occupational Injury in Sonographers"
Speaker - Joan Baker
50
January 7 - 10, 2007
Clinical Site Evaluation
Obstetrical Ultrasound Lab
Massachusetts General Hospital
Boston, Massachusetts
35
January 13, 2007
4th Annual Conference
Arizona Society of Echocardiography
Phoenix, Arizona
"Minimizing Sonographer Injury"
Speaker - Joan Baker
45
January 29, 2007 - "SDMS - OSHA Alliance Renewed Original Story"
Sonography World
Data not available
January 29, 2007 - "OSHA Renews Alliance with the Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography"
OSHA News Release
69 News Services
January 31, 2007 - "New, Renewed OSHA Alliances Include Ergonomic Injuries, Pipeline Contractors"
Occupational Safety and Health
Data not available
February 6 - 12, 2007
Clinical Site Evaluation
Cardiac Ultrasound Lab
Massachusetts General Hospital
Boston, Massachusetts
40
February 15, 2007 - "Alliance Activity Update"
OSHA QuickTakes
50,906
February 2007 - "OSHA Renews Alliance with Medical Society"
BNA Occupational Safety and Health Reporter
Data not available
July 23, 2007 - "Ergonomic Challenges in Echocardiography"
Bristol Meyer Squibb
Austin, Texas
Speaker - Joan Baker
35
July 24, 2007 - "Tools for Worker Safety - the Stakes are High"
Bristol Meyer Squibb
Austin, Texas
Speaker - Joan Baker
25
September 4, 2007 - "Ultrasound Technology: The Picture is Changing"
U-Systems
Seattle, Washington
Speaker - Joan Baker
45
September 14, 2007 - "Ultrasound Technology: The Picture is Changing"
Seimens Conference
Seattle, Washington
Speaker - Joan Baker
45
September 25, 2007 - "Ergonomic Challenges in Echocardiography"
Bristol Meyer Squibb
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Speaker - Joan Baker
40
October 12 - 14, 2007
2007 SDMS Annual Conference
Las Vegas, Nevada
Exhibit
1,300
October 12 - 14,2007
2007 SDMS Annual Conference
Las Vegas, Nevada
"OSHA and SDMS Alliance Update and Ergonomics for the Cardiac Sonographer"
Speaker - Joan Baker
1,300
October 23 - 26, 2007
Clinical Site Evaluation
Brigham & Women's Hospital
Boston, Massachusetts
50
October 26, 2007
Clinical Site Evaluation
Ultrasound Pasco
Pasco, Washington
35
TOTAL 74,380

IV. Upcoming Milestones

In the upcoming year, the OSHA and SDMS Alliance implementation team members will continue to maintain and update the OSHA and SDMS Alliance Web page on the agency's Web site and the SDMS and OSHA Alliance-related Web page on the organization's Web site. Joan Baker will promote the Alliance Program and the OSHA and SDMS Alliance and discuss ergonomic issues during a number of presentations that she gives throughout the United States. In addition, she will continue to provide information on the Alliance Program and the OSHA and SDMS Alliance on her Clinical Sonography Site Evaluation reports.

SDMS representatives will also continue to participate on the agency's update of the Ergonomic Module and the development of the Sonography Module for the Hospital eTool. Further, Joan Baker will continue to serve on OSHA's Hospital eTool's and the Healthcare Facilities Safety and Health Topics page's editorial boards.

In addition, SDMS is planning to support and promote the 2008 NAOSH Week, May 4 - 10, 2008. The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), another Alliance Program participant, is the Week's sponsor and many other Alliance Program participants are also supporting the event.

Finally, OSHA and SDMS Alliance representatives may staff an Alliance Program exhibit booth and give presentations at the 2008 SDMS Annual Conference, October 16 - 19, 2008 in Mashantucket, Connecticut.


Report prepared by: Sandra Khan, Alliance Coordinator, Office of Outreach Services and Alliances, November 9, 2007.