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Hispanic American Construction Industry Association (HACIA)
and Illinois On-Site Safety and Health Consultation Program
February 8, 2010

  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. Gilbert Villegas
    Associate Director, HACIA
    Nelson Robles
    Project Manager, HACIA
    Ms. Claudia Irizarry
    DCEO On-Site Consultation
    Mr. Gerald Cunningham
    DCEO On-Site Consultation
    Mr. William Coulehan
  2. Implementation Team Meetings

    Implementation team meetings were held on March 3 and October 6, 2009. Additional discussions were conducted by e-mails regarding various projects and alliance activities. The October 6, 2009 implementation team was partially dedicated to discussion of the November 29, 2009 Construction Expo sponsored by HACIA.

  3. Activities and Products

    These report summaries alliance activities since the last report.

    • 11/29/09 - OSHA / Consultation 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. Attendance at the booth and presentation totaled approximately one hundred 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

    Discussions at the March 6th implementation team meeting primarily centered on organizing Spanish language OSHA 10 hour course utilizing a combination of HACIA, Consultation and OSHA instructors and resources. Overall strategy was to have HACIA organize the courses, handle the location / logistics and issue the OSHA 10 Hour cards through HACIA members that are certified instructors. Course would be taught using a combination of HACIA / Consultation and OSHA resources for instructors and course material. None of these courses were conducted.

    Discussions at the October 6th implementation team meeting included the Construction Expo on October 29th and included discussions on future OSHA 10 Hours courses. At this time HACIA indicted the focus on Spanish language training should be shifted to English language training for its members. HACIA was working with the Workforce Development Center at St Augustine College to fulfill this need. The Calumet City OSHA office has a relationship with the Workforce Development Center at St Augustine College and will offer assistance with these OSHA 10 Hour Courses, but this can be done independent of the alliance with HACIA.

    As in 2008, the OSHA and Consultation participated in the Construction Expo sponsored by HACIA, and appropriate Spanish and English language literature was available at the OSHA / Consultation booth.

    Type of Activity (Conference, Training, Print and Electronic Distribution, etc.)

    Number of Individuals Reached or Trained

    HACIA Construction EXPO 100
    TOTAL 100
  5. Upcoming Milestones

    With the focus of OSHA training to the members of HACIA shifting to St Augustine College, no alliance milestones have been identified. IT is not recommended that this alliance be renewed again. As indicted, future training for the members of HACIA may be done through St. Augustine College.

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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