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ANNUAL ALLIANCE REPORT
Philadelphia Regional Office ~ Consulate of Mexico in Philadelphia, PA
June 7, 2018


  1. Alliance Background

    1. Date Signed - August 28, 2017

    2. Evaluation Period: April 15, 2017 – April 14, 2018

    3. Overview: Standardization of the Consulate of Mexico International template, the overview is for the Participants to establish a collaborative relationship to provide Mexican nationals and others in Pennsylvania and Delaware information, guidance, and access to education and training resources to promote workers' rights in protecting their occupational safety and health, and to help them understand U.S. domestic law on the rights of workers and the responsibilities of employers under the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act).

    4. Implementation Team Members:

      Consulate of Mexico on Philadelphia:
      Paula Elizabeth Lucano Gómez, Head of the Protection and Legal Affairs Department
      Guadalupe Velarde Sánchez, Protection Labor & Civil Affairs Department

      Occupational Safety and Health Administration:
      Isabel DeOliveira, OSHA Regional Compliance Assistance Specialist (CAS)

      Contributors:
      Alicia Guadalupe Kerber Palma, Consul of Mexico Philadelphia
      Richard Mendelson, OSHA Regional Administrator
      Rocío Vázquez Álvarez, Deputy Cónsul of Mexico in Philadelphia
      Michael Rivera, OSHA Deputy Regional Administrator
      Humberto Cruz Guadarrama, Departamento de Comunidades, Consulate of Mexico in Philadelphia
      Noé Espinosa, Protection Labor & Civil Affairs Department, Consulate of Mexico in Philadelphia
      Alejandra Elideth Olivares Patiño Protection and Legal Affairs Department Ventanilla de Atención Integral a la Mujer (VAIM) Coordinadora, Consulate of Mexico in Philadelphia
      Carlos Enrique Torres Corona, Cónsul de Prensa y Promoción, Consulate of Mexico in Philadelphia
      Maria Armstrong, Compliance Officer, OSHA Wilmington Area Office
      Dale Glacken, Compliance Assistance Specialist, OSHA Harrisburg Area Office
      Dalia Nichols, Compliance Officer, OSHA Wilmington Area Office
      Christopher Robinson, Area Director, OSHA Pittsburgh Area Office
      Daphne Taz, Coordinator of Ventanilla de Salud
      Elizabeth Zimmer, USDOL Wage and Hour Division, Community Outreach and Resource Planning Specialist (CORPS) Wage and Hour other offices.

  2. Implementation Team Meetings

    First Implementation Team Meeting June, 2017: Mexican Consulate/Bourse Building: Implementation team discussed the desire to renew the alliance and the upcoming year's events. Including the scheduling of the Labor Rights week and BiNational Health Week.

    August 28, 2017: OSHA and Consulate signed the alliance.

    Second Implementation Team Meeting November 9, 2017: First inperson meeting of new Consul and Regional Administrator discussed continuing the monthly Consulate monthly talks (charlas) in the Consulate waiting area, post US general election. OSHA committed to continuing to support the Alliance and its goals with more media events scheduled.

    In addition to these formal meetings, the Alliance coordinators from both groups maintained regular contact throughout the reporting period to monitor the Alliance's progress and results.

  3. Results

      The following table summarizes the Alliance's activities in support of the goals in the Alliance agreement.

    [The activities below are broken out by standard goal types and objectives specified in the Alliance agreement and work plan. There may be more than one objective under a goal. Only include those goals and objectives that apply to the particular Alliance. If no activities occurred under a particular goal/objective during the reporting period, enter "No Activities."]

    Promoting a National Dialogue:
    • To raise awareness of and demonstrate commitment to workplace safety and health and workers' rights under the OSH Act whenever leaders from the Participants address groups.
    • To convene or participate in forums, roundtable discussions, or stakeholder meetings on issues affecting Mexican nationals working in Pennsylvania and Delaware to help forge innovative solutions on issues concerning workplace safety and health and understanding of workers' rights and responsibilities of employers under the OSH Act.
    Activity TypeActivity Name/SummaryOSHA Areas of Emphasis SupportedNumber Reached
    OtherOn August 28, 2017, during Labor Rights week, the Consul of Mexico in Philadelphia and OSHA's Regional Administrator for Philadelphia signed the Alliance in English and Spanish. Hispanic/ Latino Workers; Fall Prevention, Worker Rights, Hazard Communication/ Chemicals and Heat Illness Prevention10,000
    Speech/PresentationLabor Rights Week 2017 (2 sessions) DOL representatives provided outreach that focused on increasing awareness and informing workers and employers about their rights and responsibilities under U.S. labor laws. OSHA answered questions about fall protection in construction and personal protective equipment in all industries.Hispanic/Latino Workers; Worker Rights150
    EventDuring October 2017,(4 events) BiNational Health Fair, OSHA presenting information on workers' rights. OSHA answered questions about hazard communication, powered industrial truck, temporary staffing agency responsibilities and use of personal protective equipment for the exposures.Hispanic/Latino Workers; Workers Rights320
    ForumOn March 9, 2018 Impact of Women's Leadership in Society forum, OSHA shared information on federal labor laws, jurisdiction of occupational workplaces and complaint process that is available to all workers. OSHA also participated in the Consulate's outreach events for International Working Women's Day.Hispanic/Latino Workers, Workers Rights--
     
    Training and Education:
    • To develop training and education programs for Mexican workers and Mexican employers in Pennsylvania and Delaware regarding workplace safety and health.
    • To develop training and education programs for Mexican workers and Mexican employers in Pennsylvania and Delaware to promote understanding of workers' rights and responsibilities of employers under the OSH Act, including the use of the OSHA complaint process.
    Activity TypeActivity Name/SummaryOSHA Areas of Emphasis SupportedNumber Reached
    TrainingIn May, 2017, Philadelphia Regional Office Compliance Assistance Specialist (CAS) presented OSHA Labor Rights including workplace rights and employers responsibilities to the Consulate Department of Protections staff including the Bureau of Labor Statistics Immigrant fatalities data for 2016.Hispanic/ Latino Workers; Worker Rights, 15
    Speech/PresentationIn August and September 2017, the Philadelphia Regional Office Compliance Assistance Specialist (CAS) participated in numerous Mexican Consulate of Philadelphia "Labor Rights Week" events including a mobile consulate Kennett Square where she was interviewed for (2) Live Facebook OSHA representative provided training for Mexican Nationals on Heat Stress and Workers Rights in small "Information Sessions" also known as charlas. The small speeches are repeated to the ever-changing small groups (10-15 people) as the Mexican Nationals wait for their documents on an hourly basis. Univision Television was present and interviewed OSHA, creating an increase in audience reached.Hispanic/ Latino Workers; Worker Rights, 250
     
    Outreach and Communication:
    • 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 Consulate's Web site) to Mexican nationals working in Pennsylvania and Delaware, and their employers.
    • To speak, exhibit, or appear at the Participants' conferences, local meetings, or other events.
    • To participate in "Mobile Consulate" activities and events.
    Activity TypeActivity Name/SummaryOSHA Areas of Emphasis SupportedNumber Reached
    Exhibit, Speech/ Presentation and Dissemination

    Mobile Consulates: During this evaluation period, OSHA provided outreach and communication at "Mobile Consulates" conducted in various locations throughout Delaware and Pennsylvania. At these Saturday events, OSHA and Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD) provided bi-lingual representatives to answer to questions posed concerning safety and health and wage related issues. Informational resource tables were provided with publication provided in both English and Spanish. OSHA also used these events to promote employee rights, employer responsibilities and the OSHA inspection, complaint, whistleblower procedures. Special emphasis on Heat Illness prevention and Fall Prevention Campaigns were highlighted in the appropriate months. OSHA describes temporary worker rights and staffing agency responsibilities at most events. OSHA continues to provide representatives for the Consulate's "Mobile Consulates" on the weekend as this has been determined to be a successful means to engage the Mexican community concerning labor issues.

    In 2017/2018, mobile consulates were held at:
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania - April 29, 2017
    Chambersburg, Pennsylvania - June 17, 2017
    Seaford, Delaware - July 08, 2017
    Allentown, Pennsylvania - July 29, 2017
    Harrisburg, Pennsylvania - August 19, 2017
    Avondale, Pennsylvania - August 26, 2017
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania - October 14, 2017
    Dover Delaware - October 28, 2017
    Gettysburg, Pennsylvania - November 18, 2017
    Wilmington, Delaware - February 24, 2018
    Reading, Pennsylvania - April 4, 2018

    Hispanic/ Latino Workers; Fall Prevention, Worker Rights, Hazard Communication/ Chemicals and Heat Illness Prevention 2,500 workers
    Exhibit, Speech/ Presentation and Dissemination

    Worker Outreach in Consulate office space:

    OSHA presented information on workers' rights, how to make a complaint while workers waited for their Consulate documents. OSHA also answered questions and provided publications and other compliance assistance resources.

    April 17, 2017 - 70 workers reached
    May 15, 2017 - 50 workers reached
    July 17, 2017 - 95 workers reached
    August 28, 2017 - Labor rights week
    September, 2017 - 80 workers reached
    FY 2018 - October, 2018 - Bi National Health Month
    November 20, 2017 - 75 workers reached
    December 18, 2017 - 65 workers reached
    January 22, 2018 - 80 workers reached
    February 26, 2018 - 100 workers reached
    March, 2018 - 200 workers reached (3 events during 2nd annual Women's Week - International Working Woman Day March 8)

    Hispanic/Latino Workers; Workers Rights815
    Other - Social MediaWhile no specific products were produced by the participants, both consistently promoted and shared OSHA and DOL Spanish language resources including OSHA publications and Consulate radio communication and other social media platforms including Facebook and Twitter.  1,000
     
    TOTAL  15,050
  4. Evaluations - April 15, 2017 – April 14, 2018

    The Alliance had an effective year. The Participants worked closely together to reach the Mexican and other Spanish speaking stakeholders through a variety of different venues

  5. Upcoming Milestones

    OSHA will continue to work cooperatively with the Consulate General of Mexico in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to promote workplace safety and health in the Mexican and greater Latino community during April's Worker Memorial Day, May's Stand down to prevent Fall in Construction, Summer long Heat Illnesses Prevention campaign, August/September's Labor Rights Week and BiNational Health Month. The Consulate and OSHA will continue to effectively collaborate to address safety and health referrals in Pennsylvania and Delaware.

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

    For more information, contact the Office of Outreach Services and Alliances at 202-693-2340 or go to www.osha.gov.

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