The number of Hispanic construction workers killed by work-related accidents is increasing in the United States. To help
reverse this trend, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Hispanic Contractors of America, Inc.
(HCA) agree to establish an Alliance to promote safe and healthful working conditions for Hispanic construction workers by:
Both organizations acknowledge that when English is not the first language of construction employers and/or employees in the
United States, access to training and information about safe and healthful work practices may be limited compared to native
English-speakers. To bridge this language barrier and other potential gaps in access, the OSHA and HCA agree to work together to:
- Helping Hispanic construction contractors (employers) improve knowledge of safe and healthful work practices and achieve
compliance with safety and health standards and other regulations promulgated pursuant to the Occupational Safety and Health
Act of 1970; and
- Increasing access to safety and health training resources and related materials in Spanish for construction employers and
employees who are not fluent in the English language.
Participating members of the organizations will meet to facilitate the goals of the Alliance. These members will include
representatives from Federal OSHA’s Directorate of Federal State Operations, the Directorate of Construction, State Plan
OSHA, and Consultation Projects. The participating members will draft a document formalizing the Alliance procedures, and
establish methods to track, analyze, and evaluate the Alliance activities.
- Identify existing resources and stimulate the development of new resources for Hispanic construction employers and
employees, such as safety and health publications, audio-visual and other reference materials that are in Spanish.
- Seek opportunities to jointly exhibit and disseminate safety and health information at conferences, events, community-based
activities, and through electronic mediums.
- Work with community and faith based organizations and other leadership groups to build safety and health awareness within
the Hispanic community.
- Encourage bilingual individuals in construction to take the OSHA train-the-trainer course on occupational safety and health
standards for the construction industry, so they qualify to teach Hispanic workers the OSHA 10- and 30-hour construction
safety and health outreach courses in Spanish.
- Promote and encourage participation in the OSHA cooperative programs (e.g. compliance assistance, consultation and
mentoring) among HCA members.
- Provide an opportunity for State Plan States to become involved in all efforts to achieve the goals of this agreement.
Occupational Safety and
Hispanic Contractors of America, Inc.