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OSHA, Consul General of Mexico in Atlanta
Region IV Alliance Annual Report
December 8, 2015


  1. Alliance Background

    A. Date Signed:

    December 7, 2004

    Renewal Date:

    August 30, 2013

    August 31, 2015

    B. Evaluation Period

    December 8, 2014, through December 7, 2015

    C. Overview

    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Consul General of Mexico in Atlanta, Georgia, 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.

    D. Implementation Team Membership and Contributors:

    The implementation team included representatives from the OSHA and the Consulate General of Mexico in Atlanta, Georgia.

  2. Implementation Team Meetings

    Quarterly implementation team meetings were conducted during the following periods:

    • August 31, 2015
    • September 2015
    • October 2015
    • December 2015
  3. Results

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

    Raising Awareness of OSHA’s Rulemaking and Enforcement Initiatives:

    The Participants intend to work together to achieve the following goal related to raising awareness of OSHA’s rulemaking and enforcement initiatives:

    • 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 Consulate’s Web site) to Mexican nationals working in Alabama and Georgia and their employers.
    • To speak, exhibit, or appear at the Participants’ conferences, local meetings, or other events.
    • To participate in “Mobile Consulate” activities and events.
    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 goal:

    • To develop training and education programs for Mexican workers and Mexican employers in Alabama and Georgia regarding workplace safety and health.
    • To develop training and education programs for Mexican workers and Mexican 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.
    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 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 Consulate’s Web site) to Mexican nationals working in Alabama and Georgia and their employers.
    • To speak, exhibit, or appear at the Participants’ conferences, local meetings, or other events.
    • To participate in “Mobile Consulate” activities and events.
    Activity Type Activity Name/Summary OSHA Areas of Emphasis Supported Number Reached
    Dissemination During the week of May 4 through 15, 2015, the OSHA Atlanta Regional Office worked cooperatively with the Consulate General of Mexico in Atlanta, Georgia to promote the National Fall Prevention Safety Stand-down event. Fall Prevention 100+ workers
    Exhibit, Speech/Presentation, Dissemination August 31 through September 4, 2015, OSHA once again worked cooperatively with the Consulate General of Mexico in Atlanta, Georgia, to conduct a health fair in Gainesville, Georgia. This year the event was conducted in conjunction with Worker’s Rights Week and it features sites in both Atlanta, as well as Gainesville. This event was also an effective collaboration between the public sector, private sector, non-profit organizations, as well as the faith-based community. All of the OSHA participants were bilingual; therefore, they were able to effectively share health, safety and worker’s rights information with many of the workers. This outreach effort was focused on protecting the health and safety of Hispanic workers in the poultry and construction industries. Fall Prevention, Worker Rights, Whistleblower, Struck by, Hazard Communication/ Chemicals, Heat Illness Prevention and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) 1,400+ workers in the poultry and construction industries
    Exhibit, Speech/Presentation, Dissemination October 5 through 9, 2015, the OSHA compliance assistance specialist (CAS) in the Atlanta-West Area Office supported the Mexican Consulate’s 15th Annual Binational Health Week in Atlanta, Georgia. Fall Prevention, Worker Rights, Struck by, Hazard Communication/ Chemicals, Heat Illness Prevention and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) 300+ workers
    Exhibit, Speech/Presentation, Dissemination and Other (Media) 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; 1/23/2015; 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, Worker Rights, Whistleblower, Struck by, Hazard Communication/ Chemicals, Heat Illness Prevention and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) 5000+ workers
     
  4. Evaluations

    N/A

  5. Upcoming Milestones in FY 2016

    • OSHA will continue to work cooperatively with the Consulate General of Mexico in Atlanta, Georgia to promote workplace safety and health in the Hispanic community during the following events:
      • Worker Memorial Day
      • Labor Rights Week
      • Occupational Health Week
    • OSHA will continue to work cooperatively with the Consulate General of Mexico in Atlanta, Georgia to effectively address safety and health referrals in Region IV.

Report prepared by: Tom Bosley, Region IV Alliance Coordinator

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