A key Alliance target is the reduction of workplace ergonomic injuries through education, sharing best practices and solutions, and accessing practitioners' expertise. Ergo programs aim to reduce workplace musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), often caused by repetitive motion. MSDs are one of the largest occupational safety and health problems.
A member-driven Ergo Task Force of leading ergonomics practitioners and researchers has been established to lead these efforts. [This link goes to the following - ASSE Ergo Task Force Members are Mark Hansen of Houston, Texas; Lawrence Schulze of the University of Houston; Phil Jacobs of St. Paul, Minnesota; Jim Vick of Colorado Springs, Colorado; and Marsie De Oliviera of Austin, Texas]
The Task Force's first goal has been met, which is to compile a leading resource of web-based ergo resources. The intent is that the Ergo Resources Project will become the first place sh+e professionals, employers and employees go in search of ergo solutions.
For its second project, the Task Force is asking ASSE members for assistance in its second initiative, which is to collect information on how to measure and demonstrate the value of ergonomics in the workplace. By clicking on the link, you can see the kinds of information on cost justification and value analysis for ergonomic improvement efforts that the Task Force is seeking.
Voluntary Protection Programs Participants Association (VPPPA)
Design for Construction Safety -- ASSE member John Mrozczyk has been a volunteer participant representing ASSE in OSHA's cooperative efforts to advance design for safety in the construction industry. The group made a presentation on the project at the 2006 PDC, which was repeated at the VPPA's August 2006 meeting. Click here to see the presentation.
ASSE and OSHA are also working together to advance sh+e professionalism, both by building ways to encourage OSHA staff to taking advantage of professional sh+e certifications and educational opportunities and by involving ASSE members in OSHA ergonomics and other activities, like the development of OSHA e-tools.
Youth Worker Safety
ASSE and OSHA are working together to advance awareness of safety issues for youth workers, a growing concern. ASSE's 'Workplace Safety Guide for New Workers' pamphlet of safety tips is available for free at 847-699-2929 or firstname.lastname@example.org. OSHA has made available youth safety information at http://youthrules.dol.gov/, a new web site for teen workplace health and safety information for young workers, parents, employers and educators.
ASSE Chapter Alliances with OSHA
ASSE Chapter Alliance Agreements...Click Here
ASSE chapters have taken the initiative to establish their own alliances with OSHA independent of the national ASSE organization. Some of these alliances are new endeavors. Others reflect long-standing relationships with OSHA offices that have already fostered better workplace safety and health overall, improved understanding and communications between OSHA staff and the member sh+e professionals with whom they interact, and professionalism. ASSE's members and chapters are applauded for their individual efforts to advance safety and health in this cooperative way.
ASSE Guidelines for Establishing Chapter/State Alliances or Partnerships
A new endeavor among ASSE chapters or a state's chapters is the development of alliances and partnerships with OSHA regional offices, other federal agency subdivisions or related organizations. This follows ASSE's signing of an alliance on ergonomics with OSHA in December 2002. While these agreements can be positive relationship-building tools, certain concerns must be addressed in the development of such agreements: