Region 6 - Alliance Annual Report - September 7, 2011

OSHA/ Workers Defense Project
September 7, 2011

  1. Alliance Background

    Date Signed.

    July 15, 2010

    Alliance Overview.

    To provide outreach to immigrant workers, provide training on OSHA regulations, policies and procedures to Worker's Defense Project employees and volunteers to foster cooperation and to further the dialogue on safety and health.

    Implementation Team Members.

    R. Casey Perkins, Area Director, OSHA

    Cristina Tzintun, Workers Defense Project

    Construction Safety and Health Inc. was a signatory on the alliance, but did not participate in the alliance due to conflicts with when WDP wanted to schedule the worker OSHA 10 hour training sessions.

  2. Implementation Team Meetings

    In person meetings were held on 9-12-10, 1-26-11, 3-9-11, and 4-20-11 to discuss implementation of the alliance.

  3. Activities and Products

    Evaluation Period.

    This report covers the period between July 15, 2010 to July 15, 2011.

    Alliance Activity.

    • Training and Education
      • OSHA conducted training on 9-12-10 on OSHA inspections, and the complaint process. Approximately 30 WDP employees and volunteers attended.
      • OSHA participated in two OSHA 10 hour classes sponsored by WDP on 4-9-11 and 6-11-11. OSHA did a question and answer session with workers that attended the class. OSHA provided WDP with OSHA pamphlets on heat stress, and a variety of construction related materials in Spanish for them to distribute to workers that visit the WDP offices.
      • OSHA participated in two intake nights on 4-19-11 and 7-19-11. WDP conducts intake nights to allow workers to make complaints about workplace safety issues and nonpayment of wages complaints.
    • Outreach and Communication
      • The OSHA CAS provided construction hazard photos to WDP for use in their training materials.
      • The 11c Supervisor conducted a training session for WDP employees and volunteers on 6-28-11 covering whistleblower laws that they enforce.
      • OSHA distributed boxes of OSHA publications on 8-25-10, 4-9-11, and 6-11-11 in Spanish for distribution to workers that visit the WDP offices.
    • Promoting the National Dialogue on Safety and Health
      • OSHA Area Director and CAS attended the WDP Worker Memorial Day Event on 4-28-11, held at the Texas State Capitol. OSHA CAS also attended a Faith In Action event on 2-17-11 and interfaced with pastors from local churches. The event focused on the problems immigrant workers have with unsafe working conditions and wage theft.

    Alliance Products

    • Training and Education
      • The WDP has developed an OSHA 10 hour class in English and Spanish as part of their Harwood grant with assistance from the Austin office.
    • Outreach and Communication
      • At least 160 employees have been trained to date.
    • Promoting the National Dialogue on Safety and Health
      • Events were held to highlight heat stress and the need to provide water on construction sites and for Workers Memorial Day.
  4. Results

    The alliance has impacted Spanish speaking workers by offering free OSHA 10 hour classes, and through the development of targeted training materials in Spanish for teaching the OSHA 10 hour class offered by WDP.

    Type of Activity (Conference, Training, Print and Electronic Distribution, etc.) Number of Individuals Reached or Trained
    OSHA 10 hour classes 100
    Training for WDP staff 90
    Distributed OSHA pamphlets
    Assisted workers with safety concerns
    TOTAL 710
  5. Upcoming Milestones

    The alliance plans to train additional Hispanic workers through the alliance.

    Report Prepared by: Joann Natarajan

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