Region 6 - Alliance Annual Report - September 7, 2017
U.S. Department of Labor
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Baton Rouge Area Office
And Consulate of Mexico in New Orleans, Louisiana
September 6, 2013
September 6, 2016 through September 6, 2017
The Alliance with the Mexican Consulate in New Orleans, Louisiana was established to recognize the joint commitment to protect workers' rights for Mexican 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 the United Mexican States.
The Alliance 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.
The Participants intentions are to establish a collaborative relationship to provide Mexican Nationals in Louisiana and others information, guidance, and access to education and training resources to promote workers' rights in protecting their occupational safety and health, and to help them understand U.S. domestic law on the rights of workers and the responsibilities of employers under the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act).
Implementation Team Members
Dorinda Folse, Area Director, OSHA, Baton Rouge Area Office
Alexander Novas, Compliance Assistance Specialist, OSHA, Baton Rouge Area Office
Consulate of Mexico in New Orleans, Louisiana
Miguel A. Gonzalez Azamar, Consulate of Mexico
Implementation Team Meetings
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 to provide information of interest.
The following table summarizes the Alliance's activities in support of the goals in the Alliance agreement.
Training and Education:
- To develop training and education programs for Mexican workers and Mexican employers in Louisiana regarding workplace safety and health.
- To develop training and education programs for Mexican workers and Mexican employers in Louisiana to promote understanding of workers' rights and responsibilities of employers under the OSH Act, including the use of the OSHA complaint process.
Activity Type Activity Name/Summary OSHA Areas of Emphasis Supported Number Reached No Activities Outreach and Communication:
- 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 Mexican Nationals working in Louisiana and their employers.
- To speak, exhibit, or appear at the Participants' conferences, local meetings, or other events.
- To participate in "Mobile Consulate" activities and events.
Activity Type Activity Name/Summary OSHA Areas of Emphasis Supported Number Reached Dissemination Baton Rouge Area Office, compliance assistance continued to provide the consulate with OSHA Spanish language publications which included educational brochures, pamphlets and training materials. The publications and information provided by compliance assistance are made available at the consulate for distribution throughout the year. Construction, Fall Prevention, Heat Stress, Employee Rights.
Other Baton Rouge Area Office, compliance assistance continued to provide Spanish language radio stations with information relating to Labor Rights Week for broadcast to Spanish speaking listeners in the New Orleans and Baton Rouge areas. Hispanic/Latino Workers, Young Workers, Temporary Workers Small Business, Agriculture, and Construction
Promoting the National Dialogue on 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 on issues affecting Mexican Nationals working in Louisiana 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.
Activity Type Activity Name/Summary OSHA Areas of Emphasis Supported Number Reached Event On August 29, 2017, the Consul of Mexico in New Orleans and the Area Director for the OSHA, Baton Rouge Area Office, participated in an Alliance renewal signing ceremony in conjunction with consulate Labor Rights Week activities. Hispanic/Latino Workers, Young Workers, Temporary Workers Small Business, Agriculture, and Construction
Through the renewal of the Alliance, joint efforts will continue with the Mexican Consulate in New Orleans to provide outreach and information for Mexican Workers in Louisiana, in addition to an increased awareness of OSHA's continued efforts to reach at-risk workers
- The OSHA, Baton Rouge Area Office will continue to utilize its Alliance with the Consulate of Mexico in New Orleans to promote OSHA's annual National Fall and Heat Illness Prevention campaigns and to recognize Workers' Memorial Day as an international day of remembrance for fallen workers.
- Participation in area mobile consulate events
- Participation in events during Labor Rights Week, 2018
Report prepared by: Alexander Novas, Compliance Assistance Specialist