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AGREEMENT ESTABLISHING AN ALLIANCE
BETWEEN THE
OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, AVENEL, PARSIPPANY AND MARLTON AREA OFFICES
THE
NEW JERSEY DEPARTMENT OF LABOR & WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT
DIVISION OF WAGE & HOUR COMPLIANCE
AND THE
UNITED DAY LABORERS OF NEW JERSEY

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development (LWD) and the United Day Laborers of NJ (UDLNJ) recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces.

OSHA, LWD and UDLNJ here-by form an Alliance to provide UDLNJ members and others with information, guidance and access to training resources that will help them protect non-English speaking employees and employees health and safety particularly in reducing and preventing exposure to hazardous materials, construction, electrical and fall hazards. In addition, this Alliance will address hazardous occupations, hazard identification and communication, personal protective equipment, on-the-job safety and health and employment / wage & hour issues as well as employment issues, including wage disputes and hours of work issues.

In developing this Alliance, OSHA, LWD and UDLNJ recognize that OSHAs State Plan and Consultation Project partners are an integral part of the OSHA national effort.

OSHA, LWD and UDLNJ will work together to achieve the following training and education goals::
  • Work with OSHA to provide expertise to develop training resources and related materials in Spanish for employers, employees and young workers who are not fluent in the English language;
     
  • Work with OSHA to provide expertise to develop workplace safety and health curricula on a two hour safety & health training and employment overview program in Spanish and in English to workers who frequent the UDLNJ offices;
     
  • Deliver or arrange for delivery of the OSHA 10 hour Construction or the OSHA 10 hour General Industry Certificate Program for UDLNJ members.
OSHA, LWD and UDLNJ will work together to achieve the following outreach and communication goals::
  • Make available to Hispanic workers and their employers, safety and health publications, audio-visual and other reference materials;
     
  • Work with other Hispanic organizations in New Jersey in an effort to enhance on the job safety and health and publicize worker rights;
     
  • Encourage UDLNJ staff members and in particular, those that are bi-lingual, to take the OSHA Train-the-Trainer course on either occupational safety and health standards for the Construction Industry, occupational safety and health standards for General Industry, or both, so they qualify to teach and issue certifications to Hispanic and other workers upon completion of the respective OSHA 10 and 30 hour safety and health courses;
     
  • Promote and encourage the employers of UDLNJ members to participate in OSHA cooperative programs such as compliance assistance, the free LWD/OSHA Consultation Program and the Voluntary Protection Program.
OSHA, LWD and UDLNJ 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 OSHA, LWD and UDLNJ leaders address groups;
     
  • Develop and disseminate case studies and best practices illustrating the business and social value of worker safety and health programs and publicize their results in UDLNJ publications, OSHA newsletters and other media such as local newspapers;
     
  • Convene or participate in forums, roundtable discussions or meetings on workplace safety and health, wage and hour and other worker protections and help to forge innovative solutions to workplace safety & health and day laborer employment issues.
OSHA 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 partys products or services; nor do the Agencies enter into an Alliance with the purpose of promoting a particular partys product or services.

An implementation team made up of representatives from each of the signing organizations will meet to develop a plan of action, determine 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. 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 concurrence of all signatories.
 


Signed on this 4th day of February, 2009

 

Occupational Safety and Health Administration


 
Robert D. Kulick, Regional Administrator
OSHA Region 2


 


 
Lisa Levy, Area Director
Hasbrouck Heights Area Office


 


 
Philip M. Peist, Area Director
Parsippany Area Office


 


 
Patricia Jones, Area Director
Avenel Area Office


 


 
Michael Corbett, Acting Area Director
Marlton Area Office


 


 


 

New Jersey Department of Labor & Workforce Development


 
Leonard Katz, Assistant Commissioner
Labor Standards and Safety Enforcement


 


 


 

United Day Laborers of New Jersey


 
Fabian Galindo, President


 


 
Jose Luis Garcia, Vice President