On April 25, 2007, the Hispanic Contractors Association de Tejas (HCAT) and
OSHA's Region VI, Fort Worth Area Office signed an OSHA Strategic Partnership (OSP) to enhance
workplace safety and health in the construction industry – particularly for Hispanic workers -
through the development of effective safety and health management systems (SHMS).
Safety and Health Promoted through Increasing Bilingual
Training Opportunities for Dallas/Ft. Worth Area Construction Workers
At the beginning of the year, HCAT held an OSHA 10-Hour Marathon event at the Dallas/Fort Worth
Metroplex. Chairman of the event, Javier Arias, wrote the OSHA Fort Worth Area Office expressing
gratitude for the Agency's "generous donation of time, expertise, commitment, and resources," noting
that OSHA's "generosity is indicative of the strong support for training and awareness in our
The Marathon trained over 530 workers, encompassing not only the construction industry, but also the
industries of manufacturing and general industry. The majority of the classes were taught in
Spanish, but the 10-Hour courses were also offered in English. Overall, Mr. Arias declared that,
"Ultimately, great strides were made in an effort to inform people of workplace hazards and
potentially save lives! Thank you very much for participation, generosity, and dedication."
The overall goal of this Partnership is to reduce serious injuries and illnesses
(using as a minimum one percent per year) and to reduce the occurrence of the four major hazards in
the categories of falls, electrocutions, struck-by, and caught-between (using as a minimum 10 percent
per year). Measurements will be obtained from OSHA 300 logs and self-inspections.
Origin: OSHA Region VI, Fort Worth Area Office
Partners: Hispanic Contractors Association de Tejas
Partnership Signed: April 2007
Industry: Construction (NAICS Code 56173, 212311, 11331, 23611, 23622)
Source and Date: Christine Webb, Region VI, Fort Worth Area Office, June 2008