Sept. 25, 2008
Contact: Office of Communications
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the American Dental Association (ADA) recently renewed their Alliance to encourage safe working conditions and share technical knowledge in the area of ergonomics for employees in the dental industry.
"Our collaboration with the ADA has produced and expanded upon many helpful resources for the dental industry, such as information sheets and Safety and Health Topics pages," said Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA Edwin G. Foulke, Jr. "OSHA looks forward to continuing its relationship with the ADA to develop and disseminate resources and information that advance a culture of safety and health in the workplace."
Through the Alliance, ADA developed the "Ergo Tips - Hand Pain" information sheet for dental schools and dentists. ADA representatives continue to provide expertise in updating the OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens and Needlestick Prevention and the Dentistry Safety and Health Topics pages. The ADA developed an Alliance-related Web page on its Web site which includes links to OSHA's Web site and to the OSHA and ADA Alliance Web page. Additionally, ADA representatives provided input in developing the Agency's Compliance Assistance Quick Start: Health Care Industry module and also serve on the module's editorial board. Furthermore, an OSHA representative gave a presentation on "Ergonomics for the Front Office Staff" at the American Dental Association Conference on Dentist Health and Wellness in Chicago in 2007.
Dr. Mark Feldman, ADA president said, "The ADA is pleased to renew the Alliance agreement with OSHA. By collaborating, both OSHA and organized dentistry are able to focus on important ergonomic health issues that advance the health and well-being of dentists and their staffs."
Founded in 1859, the ADA is the oldest national dental association, with more than 155,000 members, 53 state-territorial dental societies and 545 local dental societies. The organization provides its members with current information on workplace safety and health and other issues that affect dentists, their employees and the public.
Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing a safe and healthy workplace for their employees. OSHA's role is to promote the safety and health of America's working men and women by setting and enforcing standards; providing training, outreach, and education; establishing partnerships; and encouraging continual process improvement in workplace safety and health. For more information, visit www.osha.gov.
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