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March 10, 2003
Contact: Bill Wright
Phone: (202) 693-1999

Efforts will focus on reducing ergonomic injuries in the industry

WASHINGTON -- The Occupational Safety and Health Administration today formed an Alliance with the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) with a specific goal of improving the workplace to prevent future ergonomic-related injuries.

"Perhaps no one is more attuned to the debilitating effects ergonomic-related injuries have on workers than the health care professionals represented by AAOS," said OSHA Administrator John L. Henshaw. "They've committed to sharing with us the orthopaedic community's vast clinical expertise on musculoskeletal injury and disease. We welcome this valuable relationship."

"This is an important opportunity for OSHA and the health care community to work together in helping people work safely, remain productive and avoid debilitating ergonomic-related injuries," said AAOS President, James H. Herndon, MD. "While we believe continued research is needed to establish a better understanding of work-related musculoskeletal injuries, we shouldn't wait to improve the workplace to prevent future injury. This Alliance helps do just that."

The Alliance specifies that OSHA and AAOS will serve as resources to both AAOS members and OSHA personne