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Jan. 29, 2007
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OSHA Renews Alliance with the Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography

WASHINGTON -- The Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) today renewed its 2004 alliance with the Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (SDMS) to continue working to protect sonographers' health and safety, particularly by reducing or preventing work-related musculoskeletal injuries.

"We expect that the next two years of this alliance will be as successful as the first two," said Assistant Secretary for OSHA Edwin G. Foulke Jr. "Sonographers and other healthcare employees are benefiting from this relationship and we look forward to our continued association with an organization that is so committed to ensuring that workplace safety is a priority."

"The OSHA and SDMS alliance has made a real difference in getting the 'prevention message' out to sonographers on how to reduce one's risk of incurring a work-related musculoskeletal injury," said Donald F. Haydon, CAE, chief executive officer, SDMS. "The alliance has helped promote a nationwide awareness of the importance of addressing ergonomic issues to help reduce the number and severity of injuries among the country's sonographers."

Through the alliance, OSHA and SDMS developed a sonography module for OSHA's Hospital eTool and SDMS has added information on the Alliance Program and the OSHA and SDMS alliance to several SDMS ergonomic presentations. Joan Baker, Fou