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


The U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) New York and Philadelphia Regional Offices and the Consulate General of Brazil in New York, 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:

Overall Objective

The Participants intend to establish a collaborative relationship to provide Brazilian Nationals in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania 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 New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania 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 New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania 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 New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania and their employers.
  • To speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA’s or the Consulate’s conferences, local meetings, or other events.
  • To participate in “Mobile 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 New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

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 New York, New York, on this 8th day of July, 2011.


For the U.S. Department of Labor’s
Occupational Safety and Health
Administration:


 
Richard Mendelson
Acting Regional Administrator
OSHA New York Region
 
For the Consulate General of Brazil
in New York:



 
Ambassador Osmar Chohfi
Consul General of Brazil in New York
 



 
Diana Cortez
Area Director, Tarrytown Area Office
and Diverse Workforce Coordinator
OSHA New York Region
     



 
Robert D. Kulick
Acting Regional Administrator
OSHA Philadelphia Region