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AGREEMENT ESTABLISHING AN ALLIANCE
BETWEEN
THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION
PARSIPPANY AREA OFFICE
AND
THE NEW JERSEY DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
AND WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT
AND
MORRIS COUNTY ORGANIZATION FOR HISPANIC AFFAIRS
DOVER, NJ

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Morris County Organization for Hispanic Affairs (MCOHA) recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. OSHA and Morris County Organization for Hispanic Affairs (MCOHA) hereby form an Alliance to provide MCOHA members in particular non-English or limited English speaking employees and others, with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help reduce the number of Hispanic workers killed and injured in work-related accidents caused by exposure to common general and construction industry hazards such as falls, amputations, electrical, struck-by/crushed-in as well as hazards associated with worker response to workplace emergencies such as fires and chemical spill emergencies. In developing this Alliance, OSHA and Morris County Organization for Hispanic Affairs (MCOHA) recognize that OSHA's State Plan and Consultation Project partners are an integral part of the OSHA national effort.

OSHA and MCOHA will work together to achieve the following training and education goals:

  • Work with OSHA to provide expertise to develop workplace safety and health curricula, and training and education programs for MCOHA clients regarding hazards such as, falls, amputations, electrical, struck-by/crushed-in and in emergency response issues such as emergency evacuation procedures, and to provide expertise in communicating such information to employers and employees in the industry.
  • Deliver or arrange for the delivery of OSHA's 10 Hour Construction and General Industry courses to Hispanic employers and employees in both Spanish and English. These courses will be provided by OSHA personnel in conjunction with MCOHA and others.

OSHA and MCOHA will work together to achieve the following outreach and communication goals:

  • Work with OSHA 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 MCOHA's Web sites) to employers and employees in the industry. MCOHA will share this information with their organization members.
  • OSHA will give priority consideration to requests from MCOHA for speakers and presenters, on safety and health issues.
  • Encourage bi-lingual individuals to take the OSHA Train-the-Trainer course(s) on the occupational safety and health standards for Construction and General Industry, or both, so that they can qualify to teach Hispanic workers the respective OSHA 10-hour and 30-hour safety and health outreach courses in Spanish.
  • OSHA will provide literature, such as OSHA publications in Spanish.

OSHA and MCOHA will work together to achieve the following goals related to promoting the national dialogue on workplace safety and health:

  • Raise others' awareness of and demonstrate their own commitment to workplace safety and health whenever MCOHA's leaders address groups.

OSHA's Alliances provide parties an opportunity to participate in a voluntary cooperative relationship with OSHA for purposes such as training and education, outreach and communication and promoting a national dialogue on workplace safety and health. These Alliances have proved to be valuable tools for both OSHA and its Alliance participants. By entering into an Alliance with a party, OSHA is not endorsing any of that party's products or services; nor does the Agency enter into an Alliance with the purpose of promoting a particular party's products or services.

An implementation team made up of representatives of both organizations will meet to develop a plan of action, determine working procedures, and identify the roles and responsibilities of the participants. In addition, they will meet at least three times per year to track and share information on activities and results in achieving the goals of the Alliance.

This agreement will remain in effect for two years from the date signing. Any Signatory may terminate it for any reason at any time, provided they give 30 days written notice. This agreement may be modified at any time with the concurrence of both parties.

Signed this 29th day of March 2007.

Occupational Safety and Health Administration

 


Patricia K. Clark
Regional Administrator

 

Date

 


Philip Peist
Area Director
Parsippany Area Office

 

Date

 


Diana Cortez
Area Director
Tarrytown Area Office
Region 2 Hispanic Coordinator

 

Date

 


Leonard Katz
Assistant Commissioner
Labor Standards and Safety Enforcement
New Jersey Department of Labor

 

Date

Morris County Organization for Hispanic Affairs (MCOHA)

 


Xiomara Guevara
Executive Director

 

Date

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