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Sept. 25, 2008
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OSHA and the American Dental Association renew alliance promoting safe work environments for dental employees

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the American Dental Association (ADA) recently renewed their Alliance to encourage safe working conditions and share technical knowledge in the area of ergonomics for employees in the dental industry.

"Our collaboration with the ADA has produced and expanded upon many helpful resources for the dental industry, such as information sheets and Safety and Health Topics pages," said Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA Edwin G. Foulke, Jr. "OSHA looks forward to continuing its relationship with the ADA to develop and disseminate resources and information that advance a culture of safety and health in the workplace."

Through the Alliance, ADA developed the "Ergo Tips - Hand Pain" information sheet for dental schools and dentists. ADA representatives continue to provide expertise in updating the OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens and Needlestick Prevention and the Dentistry Safety and Health Topics pages. The ADA developed an Alliance-related Web page on its Web site which includes links to OSHA's Web site and to the OSHA and ADA Alliance Web page. Additionally, ADA representatives provided input in developing the Agency's Compliance Assistance Quick Start: Health Care Industry module and also serve on the module's editorial board. Furthermore, an OSHA representative gave