ARRANGEMENT ESTABLISHING AN ALLIANCE
THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR'S
OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION
THE CONSULAR SECTION OF THE EMBASSY OF THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
IN WASHINGTON, DC
The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Philadelphia Region and the Consular Section of the Embassy of the Dominican Republic in Washington, DC, hereinafter referred to collectively as "the Participants";
Recognizing the joint commitment to protect workers' rights for Dominican Republic workers acknowledged in the Letter of Arrangement between the Occupational Safety and Health Administration of the United States of America and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Dominican Republic, signed at Washington, D.C., on August 29, 2011; and
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 safety health;
Intend to form an Alliance to achieve the following:
The Participants intend to establish a collaborative relationship to provide Dominican and other Latino workers in Delaware, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Washington, DC information, guidance, and access to resources to promote workers' rights in protecting their occupational safety and health, and to help them understand the rights of workers and the responsibilities of employers under the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act).
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 Embassy's Web site) to Dominican and other Latino workers and their employers.
- To speak, exhibit, or appear at the Participants' conferences, local meetings, or other 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 safety and health, as resources permit:
- 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 Dominican and other Latino workers in the region 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.
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 and responsibilities 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.
Nothing in this Arrangement commits the Participants to the expenditure of any funds.
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 Washington, D.C., in duplicate, this 17th day of October, 2012, in the English and Spanish languages.
For the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Philadelphia Region:
- MaryAnn Garrahan
- Regional Administrator
- Occupational Safety and Health Administration
For the Embassy of the Dominican Republic Consular Section
- Aníbal de Castro
- Embassy of the Dominican Republic Consular Section