Region 4 - Alliance Annual Report - May 17, 2021

U.S. Department of Labor
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Atlanta Regional Office
61 Forsyth Street, S.W., Room 6T50
Atlanta, Georgia 30303
(678) 237-0443; Fax (678) 237-0447

OSHA, Consul General of El Salvador in Atlanta Alliance
Region IV Alliance Annual Report
May 17, 2021

  1. Alliance Background

    1. Date Signed:
      April 10, 2013

      Renewal Date:
      March 15, 2016

    2. Evaluation Period:
      April 11, 2020, through April 10, 2021

    3. Overview:

      The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Consul General of El Salvador in Atlanta formed an Alliance to provide Salvadoran Nationals throughout the southeast with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect employees’ health and safety and allow them to exercise their rights fully.

  2. Implementation Team Meetings

    • Representatives from OSHA’s Atlanta-East and/or Atlanta-West Area Office communicated with Alliance members from the El Salvadoran Consulate during the following time periods:
      • June 3, 2020
      • July 9, 2020
      • August 19, 2020


  3. Results of Alliance Activities in Support of Agreement Goals

    Dissemination: Alliance Program participant shared information on OSHA-developed or OSHA Alliance Program-developed tools and resources, OSHA standards/rulemakings, enforcement, or outreach campaigns.

    Dissemination Type Date Description Emphasis Area(s)* Number Reached (numeric value)
    Dissemination/Outreach June 3, 2020, July 9, 2020 and August 1, 2020 Representatives from the Alliance group participated in the Georgia Farmworkers Taskforcei meetings. The Farmworker Taskforceii consist of a wide range of government agencies, community groups, as well as diplomatic representatives. Hazard Communication/Chemicals, Heat Illness Prevention, Hispanic/ Latino Worker and Small Business

    100+ attendees

    Dissemination/Outreach June 9, 2020 The Region IV COVID-19 Outreach information was shared with the consulate, in an effort to education workers in the Hispanic community about the ongoing hazards associated with the pandemic. Infectious Disease, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), Hispanic/ Latino Worker and Small Business

    100+ attendees

    Dissemination/Outreach   The OSHA Atlanta Regional Office forwarded the Consul General of El Salvadoran in Atlanta, GA, both English and Spanish versions of the OSHA news release regarding the fatal accident at Foundation Food Group Service in Gainesville, Georgia. Hazard Communication/ Chemicals, Worker’s Rights, Hispanic/ Latino Worker and Small Business


    Outreach Events and Training for non-OSHA Staff: Alliance Program participant or OSHA participation in events, which includes speeches/presentations, exhibits, roundtables, conferences, informational webinars or other meetings or training in support of the Alliance or an OSHA initiative.

    Activity Type Date Event Name Representative Name(s) and Affiliation(s) Title Of Presentation, if applicable City State Emphasis Area(s)* Number Reached (numeric value)
    Outreach/Training Sept. 3, 2020 “Managing Heat Illness among outdoor workers during the COVID-19 Pandemic” Marilyn Velez, CAS – Atlanta-West Area Office During this period, a Facebook live presentation was conducted in Spanish, which was focused on the following topic “Managing Heat Illnesses among outdoor workers during the COVID-19 Pandemic.” The Consulate General of Mexico in Atlanta, Georgia, hosted the event in support of Labor Rights Week. Members of the OSHA Whistleblower staff also participated in the event. Atlanta GA Falls, Heat Illness Prevention, Construction and Small Businesses 100+ workers

    Report prepared by: Tom Bosley, Region IV Alliance Coordinator

    i The Georgia Farmworker Task Force is an advocacy group lead by the Farmworker Rights Division of the Georgia Legal Services. They advocate and represent farmworkers who are working and living unsafely because their employer is violating regulations in place to protect them. This group visits farms to inform workers of their rights; they also provide legal representation and inform the members of potential violations of existing laws. The Federal Agencies belonging to this group are there to provide resources and clarification of their regulations/jurisdictions/limitations and the non-profit organizations and Consulates are usually receiving employees’ complaints because the workers feel more comfortable speaking to them than a government agency.

    ii Members of the Farmworker Taskforce consisted of the following: Georgia Legal Services Program; Tapestry / Anti-Human Trafficking Program; Southern Poverty Law Center; Justice for Migrant Women; Emory University Nursing School; Medical College of Augusta; Farmworker Association of Florida; United Farm Workers (UFW) Foundation; Mexican Consulate of Atlanta; El Salvador Consulate of Atlanta; Honduras Consulate of Atlanta; Guatemala Consulate of Atlanta; USDOL OSHA; USDOL Wage & Hour Division; and the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.