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Consulate of Dominican Republic in Washington DC

Annual Alliance Report

  1. Alliance Background
  2. Date Signed

    October 21, 2012

    Overview

    The main purpose of this Alliance is to increase access to safety and health information, guidance, and access to resources to promote workers' rights for Dominican Republic National working in the United States.

    Implementation Team Members

    • Carolina Cáceres, Counselor - Consular Section
    • Isabel DeOliveira, Compliance Assistance Specialist, Philadelphia Regional Office Occupational Safety Administration

    Contributors

    • Alejandra Hernandez, Minister Counselor Head of Political, Cultural and Legal Section
    • Mariel Counselor - Consular Section
    • Brett Beall, Compliance Assistance Specialist, OSHA Baltimore Washington Area
    • Oscar Blanco, Investigator, USDOL Wage and Hour
    • Edwin Rodriguez, Compliance Office, OSHA Baltimore Washington Area Office

    Evaluation Period

    • October 21, 2012 - October 21, 2013
  3. Implementation Team Meetings
    • December 2, 2012 - in person
    • February 23, 2013 - in person
    • August 6, 2013 - via telephone
  4. Events and Products
  5. Outreach and Communication

    • On December 2, 2012 OSHA provided an "All about OSHA" outreach to consulate staff members. The consulate staff is better informed about OSHA standards and information on worker rights, how to file an OSHA complaint, and what is the required training for working safely.
    • During the summer heat illness prevention and fall prevention campaigns, OSHA providing Spanish literature to Consulate office for distribution.
    • During Labor Rights week 2013, OSHA shared information on safety & health workplace rights, how all workers are able to make a confidential complaint, hazardous communication (new training and label requirements for compliance with GHS), and heat illness prevention.

    Events

    • On February 22, 2013, Consulate hosted a community night of come learn your DOL Rights. "Protección de los Derechos y Garantías de los Trabajadores Dominicanos en Territorio Estadounidense" The community was invited to learn about the the workplace laws and regulations, applicable to all Dominican Republic nationals working in the United States of America; which will address issues such as minimum wage, overtime pay, employers' responsibilities, workplace safety and health rules, work-related injuries and illnesses, complaints if dismissed, demotion, discrimination in any way by the use of their workplace rights under the law. Representatives from both OSHA and Wage and Hour participated. OSHA provided packets of information on OSHA and other whistleblower rights.

    Products

    • No products were produced on this alliance this year.

    Promoting the National Dialogue on Workplace Safety and Health

    • Information on this Alliance
  6. Results
    • Over 300 individuals have received OSHA information and literature.
  7. Upcoming Milestones
    • OSHA and the Consulate of Dominican Republic will continue to work together on reaching the Dominican National worker population in Region 3 to provide information on workplace safety and health. Some of the activities to continue are include: another community outreach event on "All about OSHA" and "DOL Worker Rights".
    • The Consulate will continue to promote OSHA's goals through continued distribution of OSHA literature in Spanish in their office and website (blog, facebook and other social media).
    • The Consulate of Dominican Republic has demonstrated their continued support and interest in the alliance goals and will work with OSHA to identify the needs of workers, new topics to address these needs (possibly formaldehyde in hair salons), and identify ways to disseminate information and training that will best address the interest of both Participants.

    Report Prepared by: Isabel DeOliveira, Compliance Assistance Specialist, OSHA Philadelphia Regional Office

    For more information, contact the Office of Outreach Services and Alliances at 202-693-2340 or go to OSHA's website.

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