May 2003 AAOS Report

AAOS, OSHA form alliance to prevent workplace injuries

The AAOS and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) have formed an alliance with the specific goal of improving the workplace to prevent future ergonomic-related injuries. OSHA Administrator John L. Henshaw welcomed the relationship, saying "Perhaps no one is more attuned to the debilitating effects that ergonomic-related injuries have on workers than the healthcare professionals represented by AAOS." The Alliance specifies that OSHA and AAOS will serve as resources to members and personnel in both groups, jointly develop information at conferences, events and through media outlets, including their individual Web sites, and provide speakers and exhibits on ergonomic issues. OSHA has agreed with the help of AAOS resources to educate its personnel on current research initiatives and workplace hazard identification. Likewise, the Academy will work with OSHA as it develops a clearinghouse of training and education information on ergonomic issues. For more information, go to tinyurl.com/8ibq.


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