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Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Atlanta Regional Office
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OSHA, Consul General of Guatemala in Atlanta
Region IV Alliance Annual Report

October 27, 2017


  1. Alliance Background

    1. Date Signed:

      October 23, 2012

      Renewal Date:

      March 15, 2016

    2. Evaluation Period:

      October 24, 2016, through October 23, 2017

    3. 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.

    4. 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:

    • October 31, 2016
    • November 16, 2016
    • May 18, 2017
    • August 29, 2017
  3. Results

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

    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
     During this period, there was no action to report in this area.   
     
    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
     During this period, there was no action to report in this area.   
     
    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
    Exhibit, Speech/Presentation and Dissemination On October 31, 2016, OSHA's Compliance Assistance Specialist (CAS) in the OSHA Atlanta-West Area Office conducted monthly outreach meetings to the Guatemalan Consulate in Atlanta, Georgia. Hispanic/ Latino Workers; Fall Prevention, Hazard Communication/ Chemicals and Heat Illness Prevention 150 participants
    Other On November 16, 2016, the Guatemalan Consulate in Atlanta, Georgia, supported the EMPLEO planning meeting. Hispanic/Latino Workers, Fall Prevention, Heat Illness Prevention, temporary Workers, Young Workers and Small Business 25 participants
    Dissemination and Other During the period, the OSHA Atlanta Regional Office worked cooperatively with the Consulate General of Guatemala in Atlanta, Georgia to promote the following OSHA National and Regional Safety Stand-down events:
    • April 17 through 18, 2017, the OSHA Region IV Landscaping Safety Stand-down.
    • May 8 through 12, 2017, the OSHA National Safety Stand-down.
    • May 22 through May 24, 2017, the OSHA Heat Illness Prevention Stand-down.
    Hispanic/Latino Workers, Fall Prevention, Heat Illness Prevention, temporary Workers, Young Workers and Small Business 100+
    Speech/Presentation and Other On May 18, 2017, the Guatemalan Consulate in Atlanta, Georgia, supported the EMPLEO planning meeting. Hispanic/Latino Workers, Fall Prevention, Heat Illness Prevention, temporary Workers, Young Workers and Small Business 25+ workers
    Speech/Presentation and Other On August 29, 2017, a representative from OSHA's Atlanta-East Area Office conducted outreach to the Guatemalan Consulate in Atlanta, Georgia, during the 2017 Labor Rights Week. Information was shared with workers regarding their workplace safety and health rights. Hispanic/ Latino Workers; Fall Prevention, Hazard Communication/ Chemicals and Heat Illness Prevention 100+
  4. Evaluation

    N/A

  5. Upcoming Milestones in FY 2018

    • The OSHA Atlanta Regional Office will work with the Consulate General of Guatemala in Atlanta, Georgia, to renew the Alliance agreement, which expires on March 15, 2018.
    • The Alliance group will continue to promote safety and health to workers in the Hispanic community through activities such as the OSHA Fall Prevention and the Heat Illness Prevention Campaigns.
    • OSHA will continue to effectively support the safety and health outreach events scheduled for the 2018, such as Labor Week, Occupational health Week and other events.

Report Prepared by: Tom Bosley, Region IV Alliance Coordinator

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