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Hispanic American Construction Industry Association (HACIA)
and Illinois On-Site Safety and Health Consultation Program
February 27, 2009

  1. Alliance Background

    Date Signed:

    March 21, 2005

    Date Renewed:

    October 3, 2007

    Expiration Date:

    October 3, 2009

    Initial Agreement was signed by the Area Directors from the Calumet City, Chicago North and Aurora offices. The renewal in 2007 was signed by the Regional Administrator.

    Alliance Overview

    Primary goals of the alliance are to develop relationships with the Hispanic community, to identify specific safety related topics and provide Spanish language safety training for employers and employees in the construction industry.

    Implementation Team Members

    Mr. Juan Calahorrano
    Program Manager, HACIA
    Ms. Claudia Irizarry
    DCEO, On-Site Consultation
    Mr. William Coulehan
  2. Implementation Team Meetings

    Implementation team meetings are conducted by conference calls and e-mails regarding various projects and alliance activities. Last implementation team correspondence was in regard to the November 20, 2009 Construction Trade Show.

  3. Activities and Products

    These report summaries activities since the alliance was renewed on October 3, 2007.

    Alliance Activity - 10/2007 to Present

    Primary activities conduced through the alliance include:

    • 10/29/07 - A seminar on Residential Roofing safety attended by eighteen members of HACIA. A PowerPoint presentation was prepared and made available to additional members.
    • Summer 2008 - HACIA received a Harwood grant to develop and presents a five hour safety awareness seminars in Spanish. This was organized and presented by HACIA in conjunction with Truman College and reached a total of 420 participants. Although OSHA played no active role in the activities through the grant, it was seen as an opportunity for OSHA to conduct a brief Q / A session prior to the presentation. As available, representatives of OSHA and / or Illinois On-Site Consultation gave a brief overview of their agencies and answered questions prior to the beginning on the training sessions. OSHA attained seven of these Q/A opportunities, reaching approximately 137 attendees.
    • 11/20/08 - Booth at a construction trade show organized by HACIA and held in Cicero. Booklets and other material on OSHA and the Consultation Service were distributed and OSHA gave a presentation at the show titled "Safety in Construction". Attendance at the booth and presentation totaled approximately sixty individuals.

    Alliance Products

    No specific outreach products have been developed through the alliance, but the PowerPoint presentations using during the initial OSHA 10 Hour Course, the Residential Roofing seminar and the materials available through the OSHA booth at the construction show continue to be available through HACIA.

  4. Results

    Through the alliance, Spanish language safety training has been made available to members of HACIA and relationships with OSHA, HACIA, Consultation and Truman College have continued to develop. The number of individuals reached through the activities listed above is approximately 215.

  5. Upcoming Milestones

    In early 2008, shortly after the alliance was renewed, the Executive Director of HACIA left the organization and a new Executive Director was appointed. For the majority of 2008, the focus of HACIA's safety related outreach was primarily driven by the Harwood grant. With the expiration of this grant, a meeting is recommended with the new Executive Director to identify new opportunities for outreach through the alliance and assure these goals fit into his vision for HACIA and the alliance. It is hoped that this meeting can be scheduled for the first quarter of 2009.

Report Prepared by: William Coulehan

For more information, contact the Office of Outreach Services and Alliances at 202-693-2340 or go to OSHA's website.

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