Region 6 - Alliance Agreement - August 26, 2013
ARRANGEMENT ESTABLISHING AN ALLIANCE
THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR'S
OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION
DALLAS AND FORT WORTH AREA OFFICES
CONSULATE GENERAL OF EL SALVADOR
The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Dallas and Fort Worth Area Offices and Consulate General of El Salvado (the Consulate), hereinafter referred to collectively as "the Participants;"
Recognizing the joint commitment to protect workers' rights for Salvadoran workers 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 El Salvador, signed at Washington, D.C., on August 29, 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 Salvadoran Nationals and others in North Texas information, guidance, and access to education and training resources to promote workers' rights in protecting their occupational safety and health, particularly with regards to preventing accidents in workplaces, 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 Salvadoran Nationals in North Texas regarding workplace hazards in construction, manufacturing, agriculture, and service industries.
- To develop training and education programs for Salvadoran Nationals in North Texas to promote understanding of workers' rights and responsibilities of employers, including the use of the OSHA complaint process.
- To deliver or arrange for the delivery of workplace safety courses.
Outreach and Communication
The Participants intend to work together to achieve the following outreach and communication goals:
- To develop information on the recognition and prevention of workplace hazards, and to develop ways of communicating such information (e.g., print and electronic media, electronic assistance tools, and links to OSHA's Web site from the Consulate's Web site) to Salvadoran workers in North Texas and their employers.
- To speak, exhibit, or appear at the Participants' conferences, local meetings, or other events.
Promotion of a National Dialogue
The Participants intend to work together to achieve the following goals related to promoting a national dialogue on workplace safety and health:
- To raise awareness of and demonstrate commitment to workplace safety and health and workers' rights under the OSH Act whenever leaders from the Participants address groups.
- To convene or participate in forums, roundtable discussions, or stakeholder meetings and to help forge innovative solutions on issues concerning workplace safety and health and understanding of workers' rights and responsibilities of employers under the OSH Act.
- To share information on laws and standards, including those relating to workers' rights and 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 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 cease two (2) years from the date of signing. A Participant should endeavor to provide thirty (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 Dallas Texas, in duplicate, this 26th day of August 2013, in the English and Spanish languages.
For the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Dallas and Fort Worth Area Offices:
Area Director, Dallas Area Office
Area Director, Fort Worth Area Office
For the Consulate of El Salvador:
José Mario Mejia Barrera
Consul General de El Salvador