ARRANGEMENT ESTABLISHING AN ALLIANCE
THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR'S
OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION
BOSTON REGIONAL OFFICE AND ANDOVER AREA OFFICE
THE CONSULATE GENERAL OF BRAZIL IN BOSTON
The U.S. Department of Labor's (DOL) Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Boston Regional Office and Andover Area Office and the Consulate General of Brazil in Boston, hereinafter referred to collectively as "the Participants";
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 health and safety;
Intend to form an Alliance to achieve the following:
The Participants intend to establish a collaborative relationship to provide Brazilian Nationals in Massachusetts and others with information, guidance, and access to education and training resources to promote workers' rights in protecting their occupational health and safety, particularly with regards to injuries, illnesses and fatalities related to fall, electrical, struck-by, caught in between, air contaminant and chemical hazards, and to help them understand the rights of workers and the responsibilities of employers under the Occupational Safety and Health 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 Brazilian Nationals in Massachusetts regarding safety and health hazards in construction and general industries relating to fall, electrical, struck-by, caught in between, air contaminant and chemical hazards and to communicate such information to Consulate staff and constituent employers and workers.
- To develop training and education programs for Brazilian Nationals in Massachusetts to promote understanding of workers' rights and responsibilities of employers, including the use of the OSHA complaint process, and to communicate such information to workers and employers.
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 Brazilian Consulate's Web site) to Brazilian Nationals in Massachusetts and their employers.
- To speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA's or the Consulate's conferences, local meetings, or other events.
- To participate in "Roving Consulates" activities and 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 health and safety:
- To raise awareness of and demonstrate commitment to workplace safety and health and workers' rights whenever leaders from the Participants address groups.
- To share information on DOL laws and standards, including those relating to workers' rights and responsibilities of employers, which apply in Massachusetts.
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 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.
This Arrangement is intended to cease two years from the date of signing. A Participant should endeavor to provide 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 Boston, Massachusetts, on this 16th day of September, 2011.
For the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration:
Marthe B. Kent
OSHA Boston Region
Jeffrey A. Erskine
Area Director, Andover Area Office
For the Consulate General of Brazil in Boston:
Ambassador Fernando P. deMello Barreto F.
Consul General of Brazil in Boston