ARRANGEMENT ESTABLISHING AN ALLIANCE
THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR'S
OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION
CHICAGO AND DALLAS REGIONAL OFFICES
CONSULATE GENERAL OF THE OF PHILIPPINES IN CHICAGO, ILLINIOS
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Chicago and Dallas Regional Offices and the Consulate General of the Philippines, hereinafter referred to individually as “Participant” and collectively as “the Participants;”
Recognizing the joint commitment to protect the well-being of Filipino workers in the United States acknowledged in the Letter of Arrangement between the Occupational Safety and Health Administration of the United States of America and the Department of Foreign Affairs of the Philippines signed in Washington, D.C., on June 11, 2012; and
Recognizing that OSHA’s Alliance Program provides for the establishment of cooperative relationships for purposes such as training and education, outreach and communication, and promoting a national dialogue on workplace safety and health;
Intend to form an Alliance to achieve the following:
The Participants intend to establish a collaborative relationship to provide Filipino workers in Arkansas, Illinois, Louisiana, Ohio, Oklahoma and Wisconsin information, guidance, and access to education and training resources to promote workers’ rights in protecting their occupational safety and health, particularly with regards to general industry and construction hazards in their worksites, and to help them understand the rights of workers and the responsibilities of employers under the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act).
Training and Education
The Participants intend to work together to achieve the following training and education goals:
- To develop training and education programs for Filipino workers in Arkansas, Illinois, Louisiana, Ohio, Oklahoma, and Wisconsin regarding both construction industry and general industry workplace safety and health hazards.
- To develop training and education programs for Filipino workers in Arkansas, Illinois, Louisiana, Ohio, Oklahoma and Wisconsin to promote understanding of workers’ rights and responsibilities of employers, including the use of the OSHA complaint process.
- To develop health care occupational safety and health courses for Filipino workers in Arkansas, Illinois, Louisiana, Ohio, Oklahoma, and Wisconsin.
- To develop workplace health and safety curricula on machine guarding, heat stress, fall prevention, electrical, struck by and caught in or between hazards for Filipino workers in Arkansas, Illinois, Louisiana, Ohio, Oklahoma and Wisconsin.
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 and Consultation Programs from the Consulate’s Web site) to Filipino workers in Arkansas, Illinois, Louisiana, Ohio, Oklahoma and Wisconsin and their employers.
- To speak, exhibit, or appear at the Participants’ conferences, local meetings, or other events, including Filipino National Labor Day in May and Filipino History month in October.
- To participate in “Mobile Consulate” activities and events.
- To share information among U.S. Department of Labor personnel and safety and health professionals regarding good practices or effective approaches and publicize results through outreach by the Arkansas, Illinois, Louisiana, Ohio, Oklahoma and Wisconsin OSHA offices and through materials, training programs, workshops, seminars, and lectures (or any other applicable forum) developed by the Participants.
Promotion of a National Dialogue
The Participants intend to work together to achieve the following goals related to promoting a national dialogue on workplace safety and health:
- To raise awareness of and demonstrate commitment to workplace safety and health and workers’ rights under the OSH Act whenever leaders from the Participants address groups.
- To convene or participate in forums, roundtable discussions, or stakeholder meetings on construction industry and general industry hazards to help forge innovative solutions on issues concerning workplace safety and health and understanding of workers’ rights and responsibilities of employers under the OSH Act.
- To share information on applicable U.S. laws and standards, including those relating to workers’ rights and responsibilities of employers under the OSH Act.
An implementation team made up of representatives of each Participant intends to meet to develop a plan of action, determine working procedures, and identify the roles and responsibilities of the Participants. In addition, the Participants intend to meet at least three times per year to track and share information on activities and results in achieving the goals of the Alliance.
Nothing in this Arrangement commits the Participants to the expenditure of any funds.
This Arrangement may commence upon signature by both Participants. This Arrangement is intended to discontinue two (2) years from the date of signing. A Participant should endeavor to provide the other Participant with thirty (30 days) advance written notice of its intent to discontinue its participation in this Arrangement. This Arrangement may be modified in writing at any time by mutual consent of the Participants.
Signed at Chicago, Illinois, this 31st day of August, 2016, in duplicate.
For the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration:
Acting Regional Administrator
Dallas Regional Office
Ken Nishiyama Atha
Chicago Regional Office
For the Consulate of Philippines
Generoso D.G. Calonge