Region 4 - Alliance Annual Report - December 7, 2020
U.S. Department of Labor
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Atlanta Regional Office
61 Forsyth Street, S.W., Room 6T50
Atlanta, Georgia 30303
(678) 237-0400; Fax (678) 237-0447
OSHA, Consul General of Mexico in Atlanta
Region IV Alliance Annual Report
December 7, 2020
December 7, 2004
- August 30, 2013
- August 31, 2015
- September 1, 2017
- August 26, 2019
January 1, 2020, through December 1, 2020
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Consul General of Mexico in Atlanta, Georgia, formed an Alliance to provide Mexican workers 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.
Implementation Team Membership and Contributors
The implementation team included representatives from the OSHA and the Consulate General of Mexico in Atlanta, Georgia.
Implementation Team Meetings
Implementation team meetings were conducted during this period. However, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic meetings were conducted by conference call, MS Teams or WebEx.
- June 3, 2020
- July 9, 2020
- August 7, 2020
- August 19, 2020
In addition to these formal meetings, the Alliance coordinators from both groups maintained regular contact throughout the reporting period to monitor the Alliance’s progress and results.
The following table summarizes the Alliance’s activities in support of the goals in the Alliance agreement.
III. 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 Taskforce meetings. The Farmworker Taskforce 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 OSHA Region IV COVID-19 Outreach information was shared with the consulate, in an effort to educate workers in the Hispanic community about the hazards associated with the ongoing pandemic.||Infectious Disease, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), Hispanic/ Latino Worker and Small Business||100+ attendees|
|Dissemination/Outreach||August 7, 2020||During this period, a planning meeting was conducted with the Consulate General of Mexico in Atlanta, Georgia, in preparation for Worker's Rights Week.||Hazard Communication/ Chemicals, Heat Illness Prevention, Hispanic/ Latino Worker and Small Business||10 - attendees|
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 and Affiliation||Title Of Presentation, if applicable||City||State||Emphasis Area(s)*||Number Reached (numeric value)|
|Outreach/Training||Sept. 3, 2020||Mexican Consulate's 12th Annual Labor Rights Week
"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
iThe 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.
iiMembers 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.