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U.S. Department of Labor
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Atlanta Regional Office
61 Forsyth Street, S.W., Room 6T50
Atlanta, Georgia 30303
(404) 562-2300; Fax (404) 562-2295

OSHA, Consul General of Mexico in Atlanta, and Georgia Tech Alliance
Region IV Alliance Annual Status Report
January 21, 2009

  1. Alliance Background

    Date Signed:


    December 7, 2004

    Overview:

    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the Consul General of Mexico in Atlanta, and the Georgia Institute of Technology Safety, Health, and Environmental Technology Division (Georgia Tech) OSHA formed an Alliance to provide Mexican 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.

     
  2. Implementation Team Membership and Contributors:

    Representatives from OSHA, the Mexican Consulate and Georgia Tech conducted all required quarterly meeting on the following dates:
     
    • December 19, 2007
    • January 23, 2008 Complaint Screen Training provided to staff
    • July 8, 2008 Met new Consul General
    Evaluation Period:

    December 7, 2006, through December 7, 2008

     
  3. Events and Products

    Training and Education

    Events
     
    • On January 23, 2008, the Legal Protection Staff was provided safety and health complaint screening training. Several copies of the safety and health pamphlets developed by the Mexican Embassy and OSHA were distributed at this event.
    Products
     
    • None
    Outreach and Communication

    Events
     
    • The Atlanta-West CAS conducted a speech at the 2008 AGC Safety Conference, "Leading today's multi-cultural construction industry," on March 28, 2008. The Area Office had an exhibit booth and distributed safety and health outreach material (including the brochures from OSHA and the Mexican Embassy).
       
    • During September October 2008, the Atlanta-West CAS participated at a local Spanish radio show to promote the upcoming Binational Health Week Health Fair conducted by the Mexican Consulate.
      In October 2008, the Atlanta-West CAS supported the Mexican Consul Binational Health Week Health Fair.
       
    • On October 23, 2008, the Mobile CAS met with a representative from the Consulate General of Mexico (Atlanta, GA) in Dothan, Alabama. They discussed several workplace safety and health issues, including the Safe Day for Small Business conducted by the Wiregrass Alliance. This is an opportunity for Hispanic workers to receive free safety and health training.
       
    • On July 8, 2008, a representative from the OSHA Regional Office met with the new Consul General, Mr. Salvador De Lara and discussed the OSHA Alliance.
    Products
     
    • Copies of the bilingual DVD "Building a Safer Workplace for ALL: Safety Resources for the Construction Industry", were distributed to the Mexican Consulate, as well as other Hispanic safety and health outreach material developed in Region IV. The DVD is was also posted at the following websites: www.eclmgz.com and www.consultationconnection.com. The sponsors of the DVD are: OSHA Atlanta-West Area Office, El Constructor Latino Magazine, the Atlanta Electrical Contractors Association and Timberland PRO.
       
  4. Results
     
    • Refer to the events list above

  5. Upcoming Milestones in FY 2009
     
    • Develop ways of communicating such information (e.g. print, such as the Mexican Consulate newsletter and electronic media, such as the OSHA Region IV e-newsletter, as well as electronic assistance tools and OSHAs, the Mexican Consulates and Georgia Techs Web sites) to Mexican employers and employees.
       
    • OSHA will continue to support the Mexican Consul Binational Health Week Health Fair.
       
    Report Prepared by: Tom Bosley, Region IV Alliance Coordinator

    For more information, contact the Office of Outreach Services and Alliances at 202-6932340 or go to OSHA.