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ANNUAL ALLIANCE REPORT
THE OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION (OSHA) and the
National Council of La Raza (NCLR)
October 10, 2012


  1. Alliance Background

    1. Date Signed

      May 20, 2011

    2. Dates Renewed

      N/A

    3. Evaluation Period

      May 20, 2011 – May 19, 2012

    4. Overview

      The OSHA and NCLR Alliance focuses on providing NCLR affiliate chapters and others with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect the health and safety of workers, particularly by reducing and preventing exposure to hazards in construction, healthcare, service, and "green" industries and addressing issues associated with low-wage, limited basic education, and other vulnerable worker populations, and understand the rights of workers and the responsibilities of employers under the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act).


    5. Implementation Team Members

      OSHA:

      Todd Briggs
      Office of Outreach Services and Alliances (OOSA),
      Directorate of Cooperative and State Programs (DCSP)

      Department of Labor :

      Ben Seigel
      Deputy Director, Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships

      NCLR:

      Emma Oppenheim
      Manager of Workforce Development Policy Initiatives
      Catherine Singley
      Senior Policy Analyst
  2. Implementation Team Meetings
    • May 23, 2011
    • September 9, 2011
    • February 10, 2012
    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 results.

  3. Results

    The following table summarizes the Alliance's activities in support of the goals in the Alliance agreement.

    Raising Awareness of OSHA's Rulemaking and Enforcement Initiatives Goal 1:Share information on occupational safety and health laws and standards, including the rights and responsibilities of workers and employers.

    Activity Type

    Activity Name/Summary

    OSHA Initiative Supported

    Number Reached

    Product

    OSHA and NCLR Alliance Web Page.
    OSHA continually updates the OSHA and NCLR Alliance Web page. The page includes links to the OSHA and ABSA Alliance agreement, renewal agreements and related documents on the Agency's Web site. During the reporting period, a link was added to a Region VI Success Story regarding the Oklahoma City Area Office reaching out to Affiliates of the NCLR to provide safety and health information, including information on how to file a complaint.

    Data Not Available

    Other

    OSHA Distracted Driving Initiative.
    During the reporting period, NCLR supported the Agency's initiative focusing on distracted driving by posting the OSHA-developed article for young workers to the Lideres (young workers) Web site.

    Distracted Driving

    Data Not Available

    Outreach and Communication Goal 1: Speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA's or NCLR's conferences, local meetings, or other events.

    Event

    NCLR Annual Conference, July 23-26, 2011, Washington, DC.OSHA personnel staffed an exhibit booth at the 2011 NCLR Annual Conference, July 23-26, 2011, in Washington, DC. NCLR staff also solicited direct feedback from the Affiliate Chapters on how best OSHA can assist the chapters in helping to protect worker health and safety.

    75

    Event

    OSHA Alliance Program Construction Roundtable, September 20, 2011, DOL, Washington, DC.Emma Oppenheim provided the members of the OSHA Alliance Program Construction Roundtable with the construction-related feedback she solicited from targeted NCLR Affiliate Chapters.

    35

    Event

    2011 NCLR Workforce Development Forum, February 10, 2012, Chicago, IL.
    John Newquist, Assistant Regional Administrator, Region V, USDOL-OSHA, delivered the "Strategic Partnerships between OSHA and Community-based-organizations: Getting the Word Out on Employee Workplace" presentation to more than 15 people at the 2011 NCLR Workforce Development Forum.

    15

    Other

    North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week, May 6-12, 2012, Washington, DC. NCLR and a number of other Alliance Program participants supported 2012 NAOSH Week. Sponsored annually by ASSE and the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering, the Week focuses on the importance of preventing injuries and illnesses in the workplace. 2012 Theme: "Safety, What Every Business Needs."

    To help support the event, NCLR disseminated information about the 2012 NAOSH Week via a July Twitter message to their membership.

    Data Not Available

    Outreach and Communication Goal 2: Encourage NCLR affiliates to build relationships with OSHA's Regional and Area Offices to address health and safety issues, including hazards in construction, healthcare, service, and "green" industries and issues associated with low-wage, limited basic education, and other vulnerable worker populations.

    Other

    Building OSHA and NCLR Affiliate Chapter Relationships. During the reporting period, OSHA and NCLR sent letters to the organization's Affiliate Chapters in an effort to build relationships between the two organizations. The letters included information about OSHA, including an overview of the Agency's safety and health services, including an overview of the Agency's On-site Consultation Program, and how to file a complaint.

    Outreach to Diverse Workforces

    Data Not Available

    Other

    Building OSHA and NCLR Affiliate Chapter Relationships. On May 15, 2012, the Compliance Assistance Specialist from the Oklahoma City, OK Area Office met with met with representatives from Oklahoma Rural Opportunities (ORO) Development Corporation. At the meeting, the CAS described what OSHA looks for during workplace inspections and accident investigations, what workers need to do when they file complaints, and the differences among formal, non-formal, and whistleblower complaints. The CAS also distributed copies of "All About OSHA,' the ‘Heat Safety Fact Sheet' (in English and Spanish), and the pocket card "No one should have to be injured or killed for a paycheck." In addition, copies of the article by Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis entitled, "A Preventable Epidemic: Latino Deaths in the Workplace" was also disseminated to the meeting attendees.

    Outreach to Diverse Workforces

    50

    TOTAL

     

     

    175

  4. Upcoming Milestones

    In the upcoming year, OSHA and NCLR will complete and undertake several additional projects through the Alliance to provide NCLR Affiliate Chapters and others with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect the health and safety of workers, particularly by reducing and preventing exposure to hazards in construction, healthcare, service, and "green" industries. For example, NCLR will continue to support OSHA's national safety and health outreach campaigns, including the campaigns focusing on the prevention of falls in construction and heat illness prevention for outdoor workers.

    NCLR will promote OSHA compliance assistance safety and health materials and cooperative programs, such as the Agency's On-site Consultation Program, and the OSHA and NCLR Alliance through various sources, such as the NCLR Web site, publications, and conferences and meetings.

    NCLR will continue to build and strengthen relationships between their Affiliate Chapters and the OSHA Area Offices in an effort to protect the safety and health of diverse workforces.

    NCLR will continue to promote the activities of the Alliance at various meetings, including the OSHA Alliance Program Construction Roundtable; the 2012 NCLR Annual Conference, July 7-12, 2012, in Las Vegas, Nevada; NCLR Workforce Development Forum, October 2-3, 2012, in Los Angeles, California; and the NCLR Affiliate Chapter monthly conference calls. The Alliance also plans to staff an Alliance Program exhibit booth at the NCLR Annual Conference, July 20-23, 2013, in New Orleans, Louisiana.

    NCLR will develop and update the NCLR and OSHA Alliance Web page on the organization's Web site. The Web page will provide information on the Alliance, including news releases and activities and event.

    NCLR will be joining with other Alliance Program participants to support of 2013 North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week, May 5-11, 2013.

    Finally, OSHA and NCLR will work to renew the Alliance agreement in May 2013.

    Report prepared by: Todd Briggs, Program Analyst, Office of Outreach Services and Alliances, October 10, 2012.



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