ARRANGEMENT ESTABLISHING AN ALLIANCE
THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR'S
OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION
SEATTLE REGIONAL OFFICE
THE CONSULATE OF MEXICO IN SEATTLE
The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Seattle Regional Office, and the Consulate of Mexico in Seattle, (the Consulate),
Recognizing the joint commitment to workplace safety and health protections acknowledged in the 2004 Letter of Agreement between the Department of Labor of the United States of America and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the United Mexican States; 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 safety and health;
Intend to establish an Alliance to achieve the following:
OSHA's Seattle Regional Office and the Consulate intend to establish a collaborative relationship to provide the Consulate's Washington State constituency with information, guidance, and access to training resources that is expected to help them understand their rights and responsibilities under the Occupational Safety and Health Act, and to help protect their health and safety, or that of their employees, while on the job.
Training and Education
OSHA's Seattle Regional Office and the Consulate intend to work together to achieve the following training and education goals:
- To provide expertise to develop recommendations to OSHA headquarters for the production of brief or plain-language "Fact Sheets" or pictorials to simplify or help explain complex regulations or potential hazards to workers and employers served by the Consulate.
- To provide expertise to develop training and education programs for Hispanic worker and Hispanic employer workplace rights and responsibilities, to provide expertise in communicating such information to employers and employees, and to participate, as resources permit, in other training and education activities such as the "mobile Consulate" program, and local radio broadcasts.
Outreach and Communication
OSHA's Seattle Regional Office and the Consulate intend to work together to achieve the following outreach and communication goals:
- To provide expertise in developing information on the recognition and prevention of workplace hazards, and to provide expertise in developing ways of communicating such information (e.g., print and electronic media, electronic assistance tools and OSHA's and the Consulate's Web sites) to employers and employees.
- To speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA or Consulate conferences, local meetings, or other events such as the annual Mexican Festival of Independence celebration in Seattle.
Promotion of a National Dialogue
OSHA's Seattle Regional Office and the Consulate intend to work together to achieve the following goals related to promoting the national dialogue on workplace safety and health:
- To convene or participate in forums, round table discussions, or stakeholder meetings to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace or to provide input on safety and health issues especially related to providing outreach to employers who employ Mexican workers.
An implementation team made up of the OSHA Regional Administrator, the Mexican Consul, and appropriate staff, intends to meet to develop a plan of action, determine working procedures, and identify the roles and responsibilities of the participants. In addition, OSHA's Seattle Regional Office and the Consulate intend to meet at least quarterly to track and share information on activities and results in achieving the goals of the Alliance.
This Arrangement is to remain in effect for two years. Either signatory may terminate it for any reason at any time, provided they give 30 days written notice. This Arrangement may be modified in writing at any time with the concurrence of both signatories.
Signed at _________________, in duplicate, this _____ day of ___________, 2006.
For the U.S. Department of Labor's
Occupational Safety and Health
Administration, Seattle Regional Office:
Richard S. Terrill
OSHA Region X - Seattle
For the Consulate of Mexico in Seattle:
Consul of Mexico in Seattle