Region 4 - Alliance Renewal Agreement - March 15, 2016
ARRANGEMENT ESTABLISHING AN ALLIANCE
THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR’S
OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION
ATLANTA REGIONAL OFFICE
THE CONSULATE GENERAL OF GUATEMALA IN ATLANTA, GEORGIA
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Atlanta Regional Office and the Consulate General of Guatemala in Atlanta, Georgia, hereinafter referred to collectively as “the Participants”;
Recognizing the joint commitment to protect the well-being of Guatemalan workers in the United States acknowledged in the Letter of Arrangement between the Occupational Safety and Health Administration of the United States of America and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Guatemala, signed at Washington, D.C., on June 16, 2011; and
Recognizing that OSHA’s Alliance Program provides for the establishment of cooperative relationships for purposes such as training and education, outreach and communication, and promoting a national dialogue on workplace safety and health;
Intend to form an Alliance to achieve the following:
The Participants intend to establish a collaborative relationship to provide Guatemalan Nationals in Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee, and South Carolina, information, guidance, and access to education and training resources to promote workers’ rights in protecting their occupational safety and health, particularly with regard to preventing exposure to fall, amputation, trenching, excavation and electrical hazards, and to help them understand the rights of workers and the responsibilities of employers under the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act).
Training and Education
The Participants intend to work together to achieve the following training and education goals:
- To develop training and education programs for Guatemalan Nationals in Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee, and South Carolina regarding fall, amputation, trenching, excavation and electrical hazards, and to communicate such information to constituent workers and employers.
- To develop training and education programs for Guatemalan Nationals in Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee, and South Carolina to promote understanding of workers’ rights and responsibilities of employers, including the use of the OSHA complaint process.
Outreach and Communication
The Participants intend to work together to achieve the following outreach and communication goals:
- To speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA’s or the Consulate General of Guatemala in Atlanta’s conferences, local meetings, or other events, such as Labor Week.
- To participate in “Mobile Consulate” activities and events.
Promotion of a National Dialogue
The Participants intend to work together to achieve the following goal related to promoting a national dialogue on workplace safety and health:
- To share information on applicable laws and standards, including those relating to workers’ rights and responsibilities of employers under the OSH Act.
An implementation team made up of representatives of each Participant intends to meet to develop a plan of action, determine working procedures, and identify the roles and responsibilities of the Participants. In addition, the Participants intend to meet at least three times per year to track and share information on activities and results in achieving the goals of the Alliance.
Nothing in this Arrangement commits the Participants to the expenditure of any funds.
This Arrangement may commence upon signature by both Participants. This Arrangement is intended to discontinue two (2) years from the date of signing. A Participant should endeavor to provide 30 days advance written notice of its intent to discontinue its participation in this Arrangement. This Arrangement may be modified in writing at any time by mutual consent of the Participants.
Signed at Atlanta, Georgia, in duplicate, this 15th day of March, 2016, in the English and Spanish languages
For the U.S. Department of Labor’s
Occupational Safety and Health
Administration, Atlanta Regional Office:
Kurt A. Petermeyer
For the Consulate General of
Guatemala in Atlanta, Georgia:
Victor H. Ramírez Scaglia
Consul General of Guatemala