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May 18, 2006
Contact: Frank Meilinger
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OSHA Renews Alliance with American Dental Association
Agreement continues to highlight ergonomic-related issues

WASHINGTON -- The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the American Dental Association (ADA) today renewed their two-year Alliance, continuing a collaborative relationship to foster a safe and healthful working environment for dental employees nationwide.

Originally signed in April 2004, the Alliance will continue to concentrate particularly on the identification and prevention of ergonomic hazards in the dental profession.

"We are happy to renew our partnership with the American Dental Association through the Alliance agreement," said OSHA Administrator Edwin G. Foulke, Jr. "OSHA will invariably benefit from the expertise of the ADA as we continue to strive for maximum health and safety standards for employees in the dental industry."

"We are very pleased to continue our relationship with OSHA in a manner that seeks voluntary means of addressing ergonomics issues that are of concern to both OSHA and the ADA," added Dr. James B. Bramson, ADA executive director. Dr. Robert M. Brandjord, the association's President, echoed those sentiments saying the ADA "is very supportive of the Alliance agreement with OSHA because it provides an effective means of collaborating on ergonomics matters that both the agency and organized dentistry view