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OSHA, Consul General of Guatemala in Atlanta Alliance
Region IV Alliance Annual Report
December 21, 2015


  1. Alliance Background

    A. Date Signed:

    October 23, 2012

    Renewal Date

    Pending

    B. Evaluation Period:

    October 24, 2014, through October 23, 2015

    C. Overview

    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Consul General of Guatemala in Atlanta formed an Alliance to provide Guatemalan workers 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.

    D. Implementation Team Membership and Contributors:

    The implementation team included representatives from OSHA’s Atlanta-West Area and Regional Offices, as well as the Consul of Guatemala.

  2. Implementation Team Meetings

    Quarterly implementation team meetings were conducted during the following periods:

    • January 2015
    • March 2015
    • November 2015
  3. Results

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

  4. 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 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
    N/A N/A N/A N/A
     
    Training and Education:

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

    • To develop training and education programs for Guatemalan Nationals in Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee, and South Carolina regarding 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 Guatemalan Nationals in Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee, and South Carolina to promote 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, OSHA, WHD and EEOC provide training to all Latin Consulates and several community outreach organizations at the Latin American Association. The training was focused on instructing the consular staff and community leaders how to make referrals to OSHA and the other agencies. Worker Rights, OSHA Rules and Whistleblower 25 students
     
    Outreach and Communication:

    The Participants intend to work together to achieve the following outreach and communication goals:

    • To speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA’s or the Consulate General of Guatemala in Atlanta’s conferences, local meetings, or other events, such as Labor Week.
    • To participate in “Mobile Consulate” activities and events.
    Activity Type Activity Name/Summary OSHA Areas of Emphasis Supported Number Reached
    Speech/Presentation & Dissemination During this period, the CAS from the OSHA Atlanta-West Area Office conducted visits to the Guatemalan Consulate and distributed the following OSHA outreach material (in Spanish):
    • OSHA poster
    • Falls Prevention campaign illustrated fact sheets, posters and outreach wallet cards
    • Heat Illnesses Prevention campaign illustrated fact sheets, posters, outreach wallet cards, OSHA’s heat safety tool smartphone app fact sheet, and the heat stress quick card
    • Trenching and Excavation Safety and Trench Rescue DVD
    Fall Prevention, Worker Rights, Heat Illness Prevention, as well as Trenching and Excavation Safe 100+ workers
    Speech/Presentation and Other During this period, the CAS from the OSHA Atlanta-West Area Office effectively promoted OSHA’s outreach to the Hispanic community through the following media outlets:
    • Hispanic radio show, Radio Informacion 1310 AM (1/16/2015; 2/6/2015; and 3/20/2015)
    • La Vision Newspaper (3/6/2015)
    • Hispanic radio show, Marcelo Godoy al Aire (3/24/2015)
    Fall Prevention, Heat Illness Prevention and Worker Rights 500+ workers
     
  5. Evaluation
  6. N/A

  7. Upcoming Milestones in FY 2016

    • During this period, the OSHA Regional Office will work to effectively renew the Alliance with the Consulate General of Guatemala in Atlanta.
    • The Alliance group will continue to promote workplace safety and health to the Hispanic community, in cooperation with the Consulate General of Guatemala in Atlanta.
    • OSHA will continue to effectively support the safety and health outreach events scheduled for the 2016 Labor Week and Occupational health Week

Report prepared by: Tom Bosley, Region IV Alliance Coordinator

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