Region 6 - Alliance Agreement - August 30, 2011
ARRANGEMENT ESTABLISHING AN ALLIANCE
THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR'S
OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION
AUSTIN AREA OFFICE
THE CONSULATE GENERAL OF MEXICO IN AUSTIN, TEXAS
The U.S. Department of Labor's (DOL) Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Austin Area Office, and the Consulate General of Mexico in Austin, Texas, hereinafter referred to collectively as " the Participants" ;
Recognizing the joint commitment to protecting workers' rights for Mexican workers acknowledged in the U.S.-Mexico Joint Declaration between the Department of Labor of the United States of America and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the United Mexican States, signed at Washington, D.C., on May 4, 2010; 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 health and safety;
Intend to form an Alliance to achieve the following:
The Participants intend to establish a collaborative relationship to provide Mexican Nationals in Central Texas with information, guidance, and access to education and training resources to promote workers' rights in protecting their occupational health and safety, particularly with regards to reducing and preventing exposure to fall, struck-by, caught in/between, electrical, and amputation hazards, and to help them understand the rights of workers and the responsibilities of employers under the Occupational Safety and Health Act.
Training and Education
The Participants intend to work together to achieve the following training and education goal:
- To deliver or arrange for the delivery of safety and health training courses for Consulate workers and Mexican Nationals in Central Texas.
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's conferences, local meetings, or other events.
- To share information among DOL personnel and safety and health professionals regarding the Consulate's good practices or effective approaches and publicize results through outreach by the Consulate and through materials developed by each of the Participants, training programs, workshops, seminars, and lectures (or any other applicable forum).
Promotion of a National Dialogue
The Participants intend to work together to achieve the following goals related to promoting a national dialogue on workplace health and safety:
- To convene or participate in forums, roundtable discussions, or stakeholder meetings on general and construction industry hazards such as falls, struck-by, caught in/between, electrical, and amputations to help forge innovative solutions on issues concerning workplace health and safety, and understanding of workers' rights and responsibilities of employers.
- To share information on DOL laws and standards, including those relating to workers' rights and the responsibilities of employers.
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 shareinformation on activities and results in achieving the goals of the Alliance.
This Arrangement is intended to cease two 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 Austin, Texas, in duplicate, this 30th day of August 2011, in the English and Spanish languages.
FOR THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR's OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION AUSTIN AREA OFFICE:
Eric S. Harbin
FOR THE CONSULATE GENERAL OF
1 Consular jurisdiction of the Consulate of Mexico in Austin covers Bastrop, Bell, Blanco, Brown, Burnet, Caldwell, Coleman, Comanche, Coryell, Falls, Fayette, Hamilton, Hays, Lampasas, Lee, Limestone, Llano, McLennan, Milam, Mills, San Saba, Travis, and Williamson counties in Central Texas.