OSHA offers numerous Hispanic outreach compliance tools, programs and training resources to help employers and Spanish-speaking workers prevent and reduce injuries and illnesses in the workplace.
The OSHA website, www.osha.gov, provides access to OSHA's Spanish-language information and Hispanic compliance assistance outreach tools, programs and training resources including Hispanic-related web pages, electronic assistance tools, cooperative programs, training, and pages devoted to publications, fact sheets, videos, and much more. Hispanic outreach resources include:
Publications. Employers may access numerous OSHA Spanish-language publications, brochures, Quick Cards, Safety Tips and fact sheets on a variety of topics including PPE, fall protection, workplace violence, bloodborne pathogens, heat/cold stress, trenching and excavation, hazard communication, tree trimming, landscaping, electrical safety, crystalline silica exposure and employee rights.
OSHA National Helpline. 1-800-321-OSHA Hispanic employers and Spanish-speaking workers can call OSHA toll-free and access the Spanish-language option for compliance assistance information and other assistance 24 hours a day. (Spanish-speaking operators are available 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.)
OSHA offers a number of training and education programs to help Hispanic employers and workers improve their knowledge of safe and healthful work practices to comply with OSHA standards.
OSHA's Regional/Area Offices periodically provide training to Hispanic workers, including the OSHA 10-hour construction course in Spanish. Please contact your respective Hispanic/ESL Coordinator for additional information.
OSHA’s free On-site Consultation Program helps small businesses (including those that employ Spanish-speaking workers in high-hazard industries like construction and meat packing, or have workers involved in hazardous operations) meet their obligations under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 and federal and state standards. This program is confidential and completely separate from the OSHA inspection effort. In addition, no citations are issued or penalties proposed. In many states, employers may participate in the OSHA Consultation Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP) which recognizes small employers who operate an exemplary safety and health management system.
OSHA's Alliance Program enables employers, labor organizations, trade or professional organizations, and educational institutions that share an interest in worker safety and health to collaborate with OSHA. OSHA maintains a listing of the national and regional/area office Alliances with a Hispanic outreach component including the National Federation of Independent Businesses and Region II's Community Action for Social Affairs. The OSHA 10-hour construction in Spanish course is periodically offered through the OSHA regional/area office Alliances.
The Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP) promote effective worksite-based safety and health. In the VPP, management, labor, and OSHA establish cooperative relationships at workplaces that have implemented a comprehensive safety and health management system. Approval into VPP is OSHA's official recognition of the outstanding efforts of employers and employees who have achieved exemplary occupational safety and health.
The OSHA Strategic Partnership Program (OSPP) moves away from traditional enforcement methods and embraces collaborative agreements. Through OSPP, OSHA and its partners agree to work cooperatively to address critical safety and health issues.
OSHA appointed Hispanic/English-as-Second- Language (ESL) Coordinators in each of the 10 OSHA regions to assist a variety of groups including employers, small businesses, trade associations, union locals, community and faith-based groups and Hispanic workers with outreach, education and training. Additionally, the coordinators promote OSHA's cooperative programs and resources such as Alliances.
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