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OSHA Trade Release
October 26, 2004
Contact: Bill Wright
Phone: (202) 693-1999

Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography Joins OSHA in Alliance
Agreement highlights ergonomic-related issues

WASHINGTON -- Workers in the medical ultrasound community stand to benefit from an Alliance signed here today between the Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (SDMS) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

The SDMS and OSHA signed the formal Alliance to provide SDMS members and others in the medical community with resources that will help focus on reducing and preventing exposure to work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSD).

"Workers in the medical ultrasound community have a disproportionately high MSD incidence rate and we believe this cooperative effort with SDMS will go a long way towards drastically reducing those injuries," said OSHA Administrator John Henshaw. "It's important that we work together and focus our resources where they will have the greatest impact on worker safety. I'm confident that by working together toward a common goal, we can improve the health and safety for sonographers."

In a joint statement, Donald F. Haydon, SDMS Executive Director, and Joan P. Baker, Chair, SDMS Work-Related MSD Conference said: "SDMS is proud to have formed an Alliance with OSHA to address the issue of work-related MSDs in the sonographer population. We believe that our organizational cooperation holds real promise for reducing the MSD incidence rate among sonographers and enhancing the lives of those who dedicate their careers to providing access to quality diagnostic medical ultrasound for the American public."

The SDMS will work with OSHA to develop training and education programs on work-related MSD issues for the medical ultrasound community (e.g., employees, employers, educators, medical facilities, and equipment manufacturers). The Alliance calls for OSHA and SDMS to share information regarding SDMS best practices or effective approaches and then publicize results through developed materials, training programs, workshops, seminars, or lectures. Both organizations will also speak, exhibit and appear at conferences, local meetings or other events, and also disseminate information for the workers in the ultrasound industry through the media and from both organization's websites.

The SDMS and OSHA will work with other Alliance participants on specific issues and projects related to MSDs and overall ergonomics issues that are addressed and developed through OSHA's Alliance Program. Finally, both organizations will participate in forums and roundtable discussions on MSD and ergonomic issues related to sonography to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace.

Founded in 1970, the SDMS is an international non-profit professional health association of more than 16,000 members. The SDMS develops and implements educational programs and encourages research to enhance the art and science of medicine through the advancement of medical sonography.

OSHA's role is to assure the safety and health of America's workers 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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