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




The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Boston, New York and Philadelphia Regional Offices and the Philippines Consulate General in New York, hereinafter referred to collectively as "the Participants";

Recognizing the joint commitment to protect workers' rights for Philippine nationals 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 Philippines, signed at Washington, D.C., on June 11, 2012; 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 and health;

Intend to form an Alliance to achieve the following:

Overall Objective

The Participants intend to establish a collaborative relationship to provide Philippine Nationals and their employers in Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont, with information, guidance, and access to education and training resources to promote workers' rights in protecting their occupational safety and health, particularly with regards to home healthcare, and to help them understand the rights of workers and the responsibilities of employers under the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act).

The OSHA Boston Regional Office geographical jurisdiction is Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont. The OSHA New York Regional Office geographical jurisdiction is New York and New Jersey. The OSHA Philadelphia Regional Office geographical jurisdiction is Delaware and Pennsylvania.

Training and Education

The Participants intend to work together to achieve the following training and education goals, as resources permit:

  • To develop training and education programs for Philippine nationals and other vulnerable workers regarding home healthcare hazards, and to communicate such information to constituent employers and workers.
  • To develop training and education programs for Philippine nationals to promote understanding of workers' rights and responsibilities of employers under the OSH Act, including the use of the OSHA complaint process, and to communicate such information to employers and workers.
  • To deliver or arrange for the delivery of home health care occupational safety and health awareness course(s).

Outreach and Communication

The Participants intend to work together to achieve the following outreach and communication goals, as resources permit:

  • To develop and present 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 Philippine nationals 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.

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 Philippine nationals and employers in the Consulate's geographical jurisdiction; 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.
  • To share information on OSHA laws and standards, including those relating to a worker's right to file a complaint and the responsibilities of employers.

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 New York, New York, this 15th day of April, 2013, in the English language.

For the U.S. Department of Labor's  Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Boston Region: For the Philippine Consulate General in New York:
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Marthe B. Kent
Regional Administrator

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Mario L. De Leon Jr.
Consul General

For the U.S. Department of Labor's
Occupational Safety and Health

Administration, New York Region:

 
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Robert D. Kulick
Regional Administrator

 
For the U.S. Department of Labor's
Occupational Safety and Health
Administration, Philadelphia Region:
 
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MaryAnn Garrahan
Regional Administrator