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Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Atlanta Regional Office
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OSHA, Consul General of El Salvador in Atlanta Alliance
Region IV Alliance Annual Report
May 29, 2016


  1. Alliance Background

    A. Date Signed:
    April 10, 2013

    Renewal Date:
    March 15, 2016

    B. Evaluation Period

    April 11, 2015, through April 10, 2016

    C. Overview

    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Consul General of El Salvador in Atlanta formed an Alliance to provide Salvadoran Nationals throughout the southeast with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect employees’ health and safety and allow them to exercise their rights fully.

  2. Implementation Team Membership and Contributors:

    Representatives from OSHA communicated with Alliance members from the El Salvadoran Consulate during the following time periods:

    October 2015
    November 2015
    December 2015
    January 2016
    February 2016
    March 2016
    April 2016

  3. Results
    Promotion of a National Dialogue: The Participants intend to work together to achieve the following goal related to promoting a national dialogue on workplace safety and health:
    • To share information on applicable U.S. laws and standards, including those relating to workers’ rights and responsibilities of employers under the OSH Act.
    Activity Type Activity Name/Summary OSHA Areas of Emphasis Supported Number Reached
    Speech/Presentation, Other On March 15, 2016, Alliances were renewed with the Consulates of El Salvador and Guatemala. A new agreement was also signed with the Consulate of Honduras. Following the signing, media interviews were conducted by the Regional Administrator (RA), the Compliance Assistance Specialist (CAS) and the Assistant Regional Administrator for Cooperative and State Program (ARA for CSP). Spanish media included the following: Telemundo; Univision; La Vision de Georgia; and Mundo Hispanico. Construction, Fall Prevention, Hazard Communication/ Chemicals, Heat Illness Prevention, Hispanic/ Latino Worker and Small Business 500+
     
    Training and Education: The Participants intend to work together to achieve the following training and education goal:
    • To develop training and education programs for Salvadoran Nationals in OSHA’s Region IV regarding the prevention of exposures to fall, amputation, trenching and excavation, and electrical hazards, and to communicate such information to constituent workers and employers.
    • To develop training and education programs for Salvadoran Nationals in OSHA’s Region IV to promote the understanding of workers’ rights and responsibilities of employers, including the use of the OSHA complaint process.
    Activity Type Activity Name/Summary OSHA Areas of Emphasis Supported Number Reached
    Training On October 29, 2015, representatives from OSHA, Wage and Hour Division (WHD) and EEOC conducted complaint screening training for workers with the following organizations:
    • Latin American Association
    • Hispanic Consulates (including the Consulate of El Salvador)
    • Georgia Hispanic Construction Association
    • Hispanic Community Outreach Organizations
    Agriculture, Construction, Fall Prevention, Hazard Communication/ Chemicals, Heat Illness Prevention 20 staff members
     
    Outreach and Communication:
    • The Participants intend to work together to achieve the following outreach and communication goals:
      • To speak, exhibit, or appear at the Participants’ conferences, local meetings, or other events, such as Labor Rights Week.
      • To participate in “Mobile Consulate” activities and events.
    Activity Type Activity Name/Summary OSHA Areas of Emphasis Supported Number Reached
    Presentation and Dissemination On the 1st Friday of each month (since October 2015) a representative from the Atlanta-West and East Area Office has conducted a monthly outreach visit to the Consulate of El Salvador.
    • October 2015
    • November 2015
    • December 2015
    • January 2016
    • February 2016
    • March 2016
    • April 2016
    Construction, Fall Prevention, Hazard Communication/ Chemicals, Heat Illness Prevention, Hispanic/ Latino Worker and Small Business 1,400+
    Presentation and Dissemination On September 4, 2015, the CAS conducted a presentation on workplace rights and disseminated outreach material to Salvadoran Nationals in support of Labor Rights’ Week. Construction, Fall Prevention, Hazard Communication/ Chemicals, Heat Illness Prevention, Hispanic/ Latino Worker and Small Business 130+
     
  4. Evaluations

    None

  5. Upcoming Milestones fpr 2016 - 2017
    • Continue to effectively promote outreach campaigns, such as OSHA’s fall and heat illness prevention campaigns, to hard-to-reach workers.
    • Continue to support the safety and health outreach events scheduled for the 2016 Labor Week and Occupational Health Week.
    • Support mobile consulate events conducted throughout Region IV by the Consulate General of El Salvador in Atlanta.

Report prepared by: Tom Bosley, Region IV Alliance Coordinator

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