Alliance -- An OSHA Cooperative Program << Back to Region X

The U.S. Department of Labor's (DOL) Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Portland Area Office, and the Consulate of Mexico in Portland, Oregon, hereinafter referred to collectively as "the Participants";

Recognizing the joint commitment to protect workers' rights for Mexican workers acknowledged in the Letter of Agreement between the Occupational Safety and Health Administration of the United States of America and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the United Mexican States, signed at Washington, D.C., on June 1, 2010; and

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:

Overall Objective

The Participants intend to establish a collaborative relationship to provide Mexican Nationals in Oregon information, guidance, and access to education and training resources to promote workers' rights in protecting their occupational health and safety and to help them understand the rights of workers and the responsibilities of employers under the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH 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 Mexican workers and Mexican employers in Oregon regarding workplace safety and health, and to communicate such information to constituent employers and workers.
  • To develop training and education programs for Mexican workers and Mexican employers in Oregon to promote understanding of workers' rights and responsibilities of employers, including the use of the OSHA complaint process, and to communicate such information to employers and workers.

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 Consulate of Mexico in Portland, Oregon's Web site) to Mexican Nationals working in Oregon 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.

Promotion of a National Dialogue

The Participants intend to work together to achieve the following goals related to promoting the 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 convene or participate in forums, roundtable discussions, or stakeholder meetings on issues affecting Mexican Nationals working in Oregon to help forge innovative solutions on issues concerning workplace health and safety and understanding of workers' rights and responsibilities of employers.

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 and responsibilities 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 advanced written notice of its intent to discontinue the Arrangement. This Arrangement may be modified in writing at any time with the concurrence of the Participants.

Signed at Portland, Oregon, in duplicate, this 30th day of August, 2012, in the English and Spanish languages.

For the U.S. Department of Labor's
Occupational Safety and Health
Administration, Portland Area Office:



For the Consulate of Mexico,
Portland, Oregon:


Randy White
Area Director
Occupational Safety and Health
Administration

Enrique A. Romero Cuevas
Consul of Mexico
Portland, Oregon