Alliance -- An OSHA Cooperative Program << Back to Concluded Alliances

(signed October 26, 2004; renewed January 29, 2007; concluded October 26, 2008)


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

Training and education:

  • 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)

Outreach and communication:

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

Promoting the national dialogue on workplace safety and health:

  • 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.

Related Documents


Alliance Agreements

Alliance Annual Reports

Alliance News Releases

Activities and Events


  • October 11-14, 2007: 2007 SDMS Annual Conference, Red Rock Casino Resort Spa, Las Vegas, Nevada.
    • Brett Besser, Industrial Hygienist, Ergonomist, Salt Lake Technical Center, Directorate of Science, Technology and Medicine, USDOL-OSHA, staffed an Alliance Program exhibit booth.
  • October 12-15, 2006: 2006 SDMS Annual Conference, Hyatt Denver, Denver, Colorado.
    • Brett Besser, Industrial Hygienist, Ergonomist, Salt Lake Technical Center, Directorate of Science, Technology and Medicine, USDOL-OSHA, Pam Baptiste, Industrial Hygienist, Federal and State Programs, Region VIII, USDOL-OSHA, Megan Meagher, Compliance Assistance Specialist, Denver, Colorado Area Office, Region VIII, USDOL- OSHA, and Joanna Shulsky, Training Officer, Region VIII, USDOL-OSHA, staffed the OSHA and SDMS Alliance exhibit booth during the conference [More...].
  • May 25, 2006: OSHA Journal Club, Washington, D.C.
    • 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.
  • October 6-9, 2005: 2005 SDMS Annual Conference, Hyatt Regency Dallas at Reunion, Dallas, Texas.
    • October 7, 2005: Brett Besser, Certified Industrial Hygienist, Certified Professional Ergonomist, Salt Lake Technical Center, USDOL-OSHA, gave a presentation entitled, "Hazards, Suggestions, Enforcement, and Resources for Ultrasound Practitioners."
    • Brett Besser, Certified Industrial Hygienist, Certified Professional Ergonomist, Salt Lake Technical Center, USDOL-OSHA, Jess McCluer, then-Program Analyst, Office of Outreach Services and Alliances, Directorate of Cooperative and State Programs, USDOL-OSHA, and Susan Monroe, Industrial Hygienist, Region VI, Dallas Area Office, USDOL-OSHA staffed the OSHA-SDMS Alliance Safety Island.

Products and Resources


OSHA eTools

Additional Resources

  • SDMS/OSHA Alliance Web page
  • Industry Standards for the Prevention of Work-Related Musculoskeletal Disorders in Sonography [PDF* - 118 KB]. These industry standards developed through a consensus conference on Work-Related Musculoskeletal Disorders* (WRMSD) in Sonography on May 13-14, 2003 in Dallas, Texas, address the role of employees, employers, educators, medical facilities, and equipment manufacturers in reducing the incidence and impact of these injuries on the workforce.

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