Region 1 - Alliance Annual Report - February 07, 2020
ANNUAL ALLIANCE REPORT
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
BRAZILIAN WORKERS CENTER
February 07, 2020
Date Signed- Renewal
September 01, 2018 – December 30, 2019
Brief summary of the purpose and scope of the Alliance – from the Alliance agreement.
A continued emphasis on construction workplace safety and health by providing BRAZILIAN WORKERS CENTER (BWC) members and others with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them educate vulnerable workers on job site health and safety and better understand their rights as workers under the Occupational Safety and Health (OSH Act). Address current trends and improvements in construction safety and health, exchange technical information and safe best practices, update the community regarding OSHA-procedures and policy issues, and promote and encourage involvement and activities in OSHA safety stand-downs.
List OSHA members and titles/offices:
James Mulligan – Area Director, Braintree Office
Anthony Covello – Area Director, Andover Office
List Alliance participant members and titles/offices:
Natalicia M. Tracy –Executive Director BWC
The Alliance coordinators maintained regular contact throughout the reporting period to monitor the Alliance’s progress, results, activities and community events.
The following summarizes the BWC alliance activities in support of the goals in the Alliance agreement:
Brazilian Workers Center continued to actively promote and participate in OSHA’s Fall Safety Stand-Down. They participate through the use of the ethnic media, social media, and community events and training. OSHA provided BWC with boxes of fall stand-down and safety publications, which were handed to employees and employers.
The Brazilian Workers Center were active participants and contributors to Workers Memorial Day in April, in which OSHA –Region 1 attended.
OSHA along with BWC set up a safety and health information table at the Brazilian Independence Day Festival in Allston, MA, as part of the Alliance Agreement with OSHA. The alliance answered questions and provided OSHA publications on workers’ safety and health, and workers’ rights to the Brazilian Portuguese speaking community at this all day event.
BWC contributed to a full day of fall protection training to Spanish speaking workers. The Braintree CAS attended the Saturday session in which 25 Spanish workers received hands on fall protection training. BWC also provided OSHA -10 training, ladder safety training, and fall protection training to the Portuguese speaking community reaching many vulnerable workers improving their hazard recognition skills.
The Alliance’s activities with BWC were successful for this review period. The BRAZILIAN WORKERS CENTER training and outreach events reached a total attendance of about 500 people, discussing a variety of topics from protecting workers from fall hazards in residential construction, promoting fall stand down activities, ladder training and fall protection, increasing hazard awareness of the focus-four hazards on residential construction sites, discussing the new silica standard, increased employee knowledge of their rights under the OSHA Act, reaching vulnerable workers. All these trainings and outreach led to hundreds of construction workers engaging in the fall stand downs and job site specific training tool box talks.
The goal for this new period is to continue to reach vulnerable workers entering the construction field and high hazard industries so they can reduce their risk of injuries and illnesses on the job, and improve their level of safety training, reaching an increased number of vulnerable workers. There will be continued emphasis on reducing fall hazards through involvement and activities with the fall stand down. There need to be further insight to reduce struck- by hazards, which are now matching fall hazards as a leading cause of fatalities and injuries in Region 1.
Report prepared by: Peter Barletta, Compliance Assistance Specialist, Braintree Office, July 27, 2018.
- Alliance Product: Products (e.g., fact sheets, videos, toolbox talks) developed by Alliance participants as part of the Alliance. These are not OSHA products.
- Dissemination: An Alliance participant sends OSHA information, Alliance products, or other safety and health information to its stakeholders. This includes information sent by email or social media (Facebook, Twitter), and information included in newsletters and other publications. It also includes hits on the Alliance participant’s or OSHA’s Web page.
- Evaluation: Any efforts by the Alliance participant to evaluate the effectiveness of an Alliance activity or the Alliance as a whole.
- Event: Participation in events such as the Construction Roundtable and NAOSH Week.
- Exhibit: OSHA exhibits at events sponsored by the Alliance participant.
- OSHA Product Review: Review of an OSHA product by an Alliance participant. For example, an Alliance participant may provide technical comments on an OSHA eTool or publication. The review itself is considered the Alliance activity.
- Speech/Presentation: Speeches or presentation by OSHA staff at events sponsored by the Alliance participant.
- Training: This includes best practice seminars or other training that Alliance participants provide for OSHA staff. It also includes training for workers/employers/others by Alliance participants.
Other: Use this if an activity does not fit into one of the other categories.
OSHA Areas of Emphasis:
- Asian American/Pacific Islander Workers
- Fall Prevention
- Hazard Communication/Chemicals
- Health Care
- Heat Illness Prevention
- Hispanic/Latino Workers
- Oil and Gas
- Small Business
- Temporary Workers
- Young Workers