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ALLIANCE CLOSE-OUT REPORT
Kansas City Area Office, Wage and Hour Division, Kansas City District
Office, and the Consulate of Mexico in Kansas City, Missouri
October 14, 2009
Report Prepared by: Jacalyn Wheeler, Region VII Program Analyst
- Alliance Background
June 29, 2007
The Parties intend to establish a collaborative relationship to provide
information, guidance, and access to training resources that is expected to help
protect employees’ health and safety, particularly in reducing and preventing
exposure to falls, noise and other safety hazards. The intention of this
relationship is also to provide education on labor issues, such as minimum wages
and proper overtime compensation.
Implementation Team Members
Jean Williams, Assistant Area Director, OSHA-KCAO
Elizabeth Morales, Regional Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) Manager,
Tricia Preston, Assistant District Director, Kansas City District Office, Wage
and Hour Division
Adam Huggins, Supervisor, Kansas City District Office, Wage and Hour Division
Daniel Aguado Omelas, Consul of Protection Department, Consulate of Mexico in
Kansas City, MO
Contributors - Ann Fox and Mel McCray, OSHA- KCAO
June 30, 2008 – June 29, 2009
- Implementation Team Meetings
Although there have been no formal meetings, several informal telephone
conversations with some of the parties have been held throughout the evaluation
period to discuss innovative ways to broaden the Hispanic community awareness of
safety and health.
- Activities and Products
Outreach and Communication
- On August 21, 2008, the Kansas City Area Office participated in the Westside Community
Action Network’s 7th Annual Back to School Pep Rally 2008. The Area Office provided safety
and health publications and information in English and Spanish on construction hazards and
injury/illness prevention, as well as toy hard hats and safety and health stickers for the
children. Approximately 1000 Hispanic community families participated in the event.
- On October 6, 2008, the Consulate presented information regarding their policies and
responsibilities to the Hispanic community and included the modeling of their costumes
used for festivals in Mexico.
- On October 6, 2008, the Consulate and OSHA personnel from the Regional and Kansas City Area
Offices participated in a Hispanic Television program (Univision Channel 48) to provide information
about OSHA to the Hispanic Community. The taped program was aired three times shortly after the
taping. The program has been rebroadcasted in January and April 2009. It is reported that the
television station reaches an estimate of 200,000 individuals.
- On October 9, 2008, the Kansas City Regional Office participated in the BiNational Health Week
providing bilingual information on safety and health related to construction, landscaping and hotel
and restaurant industries. This event held at the Consulate facility had approximately 200 participants
during that day with approximately 14,000 participants during the complete week of activities.
- On October 11, 2008, the OSHA Wichita Area Office and Kansas City District Office, Wage and Hour
Division personnel participated in the Café Con Leche – 2008 Hispanic Health and Safety Fair and Bike
Rodeo in Wichita, KS. Over 700 attended the event.
- On March 1, 2009, OSHA Regional Office and a Wage and Hour Investigator from the Kansas City
District Office participated in a Super X Radio Station 1250 AM “Spanish” talk and call-in program
in Kansas City, KS. It is estimated that there are over 15,000 listeners to the program.
- On April 26, 2009, the Kansas City District Office, Wage and Hour Division personnel attended
the Mexican Consulate Child Safety and Bike Rodeo. Over 500 attendees where at the event.
- A Regional VPP Manager has began and continues to work with the Protection Department at the Mexican
Consulate to provide OSHA and other safety and health brochures and information for their Hispanic customers
while they are waiting to receive services and legal advice. The Consulate will be sending OSHA their
brochures with information in English/Spanish related to the Mexican Consulate services for OSHA to have
available for distribution.
- A Regional VPP Manager obtained a DVD, entitled "Safety Resources for the Construction Industry"
produced in the OSHA Atlanta West Area Office. The DVD contains safety and health information in English
and Spanish. The Regional Office converted the DVD so it can be used with TV/DVDs and provided it to the Consulate.
- No new products were developed, however, many OSHA and Wage and Hour bilingual publications have been
provided to the Mexican Consulate to be placed in their waiting area during this evaluation period and for
their mobile consulates.
- In addition, the Kansas City Regional and Area Offices have provided bilingual publications and Spanish
training videos to the Westside Community Network (WCAN Center), The WCAN Center is a day facility in Kansas
City, MO where Hispanic workers meet to seek employment.
During this evaluation period, the alliance has brought together the signatory groups as well as other
community organizations that interact with the Hispanic population in the greater Kansas City area.
In January 2008, the OSHA Region VII office employed a Compliance Assistance Specialist (CAS) who speaks
Spanish and has been a valuable member of the Implementation Team. Please reference the
Activity (Conference, Training, Print and Electronic Distribution, etc.)
Individuals Reached or Trained
|7th Annual Back to
School Pep Rally 2008-exhibit booth
Broadcast-program aired several times from a 10/6/08 taping
||Potential impact to
BiNational Health Week event-exhibit
|Hispanic Health and
Safety Fair in Wichita, KS
|Super X Radio
Station 1250 AM talk and call-in program in KC, KS
||Potential impact to
the Consulate Child Safety and Bike Rodeo
- Upcoming Milestones
The Alliance ended on June 29, 2009. Prior to that date, a renewal was
discussed. Since the Kansas City Mexican Consulate serves both the states of
Missouri and Kansas, a decision was made to end the current Alliance with the
Consulate, the OSHA Kansas City Area Office and Kansas City District Office
for Wage and Hour and form a new alliance with the Kansas City Mexican
Consulate. This alliance will include the OSHA Kansas City, St. Louis, and
Wichita Area Offices and the Kansas City and St. Louis District Wage and Hour
Offices. The draft alliance document has been submitted to OSHA National
Office and is in the review process. Under the new alliance the area offices
will be able to support the mobile Consulate locations throughout Missouri and
Kansas. In addition to this support for the mobile Consulate, the area offices
plan to support the 8th Annual Westside Community Action Network's Back to
School Pep Rally for 2009 and the BiNational Health Week events scheduled in
October 2009 in Kansas City and Wichita.
For more information, contact the Office of Outreach Services and Alliances at 202-693-2340 or go to