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LETTER OF ARRANGEMENT ESTABLISHING AN ALLIANCE
BETWEEN
THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR’S THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR’S
OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION
ATLANTA-EAST, GA, AREA OFFICE, ATLANTA-WEST, GA, AREA OFFICE,
BIRMINGHAM, AL, AREA OFFICE, MOBILE, AL, AREA OFFICE, SAVANNAH, GA,
AREA OFFICE
AND
CONSULAR SECTION OF THE EMBASSY
OF THE PHILIPPINES, WASHINGTON, D.C


The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Atlanta-East, Atlanta-West, Birmingham, Mobile, Savannah Area Offices and the Consular Section of the Embassy of the Philippines, Washington, D.C., hereinafter referred to individually as “Participant” and collectively as “the Participants;”

Recognizing the joint commitment to protect the well-being of Filipino workers in the United States 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 cooperate to create an Alliance under that program to achieve the following:

Overall Objective

The Participants intend to establish a cooperative relationship (Alliance) to provide Filipino workers and employers in Alabama and Georgia information, guidance, and access to education and training resources to promote workers’ rights in protecting their occupational safety and health, particularly with regards to common workplace safety and health hazards, chemical safety, bloodborne pathogens, electrocutions, falls, struck-by and caught-in/between hazards, and to help them understand the rights of workers and the responsibilities of employers under the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act).

Training and Education

The Participants intend to work together to achieve the following training and education goals:

  • To develop training and education programs for Filipino workers and employers in Alabama and Georgia in chemical safety, bloodborne pathogens, electrocutions, falls, struck-by and caught-in/between hazards or prevalent hazards in both the construction and general industries.
  • To develop training and education programs for Filipino workers and employers in Alabama and Georgia 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 0SHA 10-hour Construction and General Industry Outreach Training Programs or other hazard awareness courses.
  • To develop workplace health and safety curricula on common workplace hazards faced by Filipino workers in Alabama and Georgia.

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 of the Philippines, Washington, D.C. Web site to Filipino workers in Alabama and Georgia their employers.
  • To speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA’s or the Embassy of the Philippines, Washington, D.C. conferences, local meetings, Consular Outreach Missions or other events.
  • To participate in “Mobile Consulate” activities and events.
  • To share information among DOL personnel and safety and health professionals regarding the Embassy of the Philippines, Washington, D.C. good practices or effective approaches and publicize results through outreach by the Embassy of the Philippines, Washington, D.C. and OSHA and through materials, training programs, workshops, seminars, and lectures (or any other applicable forum) developed by the participants.

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:

  • 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 common workplace safety and health hazards, chemical safety, bloodborne pathogens, electrocutions, falls, struck-by and caught-in/between hazards 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 applicable occupational safety and health laws and standards, including those relating to workers’ rights and 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 created by this Letter of Arrangement.

This Letter of Arrangement is not a legally binding document and does not give rise to rights or obligations under U.S. or international law. Nothing in this Letter of Arrangement is intended to limit a Participant’s right to act in a manner it deems advisable to carry out its programs and authorities. Nothing in this Letter of Arrangement commits the Participants to the expenditure of any funds.

This Letter of Arrangement may commence upon signature by both Participants. This Letter of Arrangement is intended to cease two (2) years from the date of signing. A Participant should endeavor to provide thirty (30) days advance written notice of its intent to discontinue its participation in this Letter of Arrangement. This Letter of Arrangement may be modified in writing at any time by mutual consent of the Participants.

Signed at Atlanta, Georgia, this 15th day of July 2016, in duplicate

For the U.S. Department of Labor’s
Occupational Safety and Health
Administration, Atlanta Regional
Office:

 


  • Kurt A. Petermeyer
  • Regional Administrator
  • Occupational Safety and Health Administration

 

 

 

For the Consular Section
the Embassy of the Philippines
Washington, D.C.

 


  • Emilio T. Fernandez
  • Minister and Consul General

 

 

 

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