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The United States Department of Labor's Occupational
Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Region VII, Des Moines Area Office, the
United States Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Des Moines
District Office, the Iowa Division of Labor (IDL) and the Consulate of Mexico in
Omaha, Nebraska, hereinafter referred to collectively as "the Parties",
Recognizing the joint commitment to workplace safety and health protections
acknowledged in the 2004 Letter of Agreement between the Department of Labor of
the United States of America and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the United
Mexican States; and
Recognizing that OSHA's Alliance Program provide for the establishment of
cooperative relationships for purposes such as training and education, outreach
and communication and promoting a national dialogue on workplace safety and
Intend to reestablish this Alliance to achieve the following:
The Parties intend to reestablish their collaborative relationship to provide
the Parties and others with information, guidance, and access to training
resources that is expected to help protect employees' health and safety,
particularly in reducing and preventing falls and exposure to harmful noise and
other safety hazards, and address working conditions and labor rights issues.
The Parties intend to work together to achieve the following training and
- To provide expertise to develop training and education programs for
Mexican citizens working in the State of Iowa regarding safety and health
hazards, working conditions and labor rights issues, and to provide expertise
in communicating such information to employers and employees in the industry.
- To deliver or arrange for the delivery of OSHA 10 hour training and other
- To provide expertise to develop workplace safety and health curricula on hazards
faced by Mexican citizens working in the State of Iowa.
Outreach and Communication
The Parties intend to work together to achieve the following outreach and
- To provide expertise in developing information on the recognition and prevention
of workplace hazards, and to provide expertise in developing ways of communicating such
information (e.g., print and electronic media, electronic assistance tools and the Parties' Web sites)
to employers and employees in the industry.
- To speak, exhibit, or appear at the Parties' conferences, local meetings or other events.
- To share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding
the Parties' best practices or effective approaches and publicize results through the Parties'
developed materials, training programs, workshops, seminars, and lectures (or any other applicable forum).
- To promote and encourage the Parties' or worksites' participation in OSHA's cooperative programs
such as compliance assistance, the Voluntary Protection Program, Consultation Program, and the Safety
and Health Achievement Recognition Program.
- To work with other Alliance participants on specific issues and projects on safety and health hazards,
working conditions and labor rights throughout various industries for Mexican citizens that are addressed
and developed through the Alliance Program.
- To encourage the Parties and Mexican citizens working in the State of Iowa to build relationships with
OSHA's Regional and Area Offices to address health and safety issues, including issues arising specifically
in meatpacking, agriculture, and maritime.
The Parties intend to work together to achieve the following goals related to
promoting the national dialogue on workplace safety and health:
- To raise others' awareness of, and demonstrate their own commitment to, workplace safety
and health whenever the Parties' leaders address groups.
- To develop and disseminate case studies illustrating the business value of safety and health
and to publicize these results.
- To convene or participate in forums, round table discussions, or stakeholder meetings on workplace
safety and health, working conditions, and labor rights issues to help forge innovative solutions in
the workplace or to provide input on safety and health issues.
An implementation team made up of the Parties'
representatives intends to meet to develop a plan of action, determine working
procedures, and identify the roles and responsibilities of the Parties. In
addition, the Parties intend to meet at least three times per year to track and
share information on activities and results in achieving the goals of the
This Arrangement is to remain in effect for two years from the date of signing.
Any signatory may terminate it for any reason at any time, provided they give 30
(thirty) days written notice. This Arrangement may be modified in writing at any
time with the concurrence of all signatories.
Signed at Des Moines, Iowa, in quadruplicate on the 20th day of April 2009.
FOR THE UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF LABOR'S
OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION
DES MOINES AREA OFFICE:
FOR THE CONSULATE OF MEXICO
IN OMAHA, NEBRASKA:
Jorge Ernesto Espejel Montes,
Consul of Mexico in Omaha
FOR THE UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF LABOR'S
WAGE AND HOUR DIVISION
DES MOINES DISTRICT OFFICE:
FOR THE IOWA DIVISION OF LABOR:
Deputy Commissioner of Labor/IOSH