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ANNUAL ALLIANCE REPORT
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
Dallas Area Office
And
Consulate of El Salvador, in Dallas

September 30, 2016


  1. Alliance Background

    1. Date Signed

      August 31, 2015

    2. Evaluation Period

      Aug 26, 2015 to Aug 31, 2016

    3. Overview

      The Alliance between the Dallas Area Office of OSHA and the Consulate of El Salvador in Dallas was directed towards collaboration in outreach efforts to reduce worker injuries, illnesses, and fatalities in the construction industry. The Consulate of El Salvador has offered OSHA Representatives a monthly platform to speak regarding labor rights to Salvadoran workers in the waiting lobby area. Guest Speakers at the monthly safety meetings provided information regarding worker rights, statistics, available resources and networking.

    4. Implementation Team Members

      OSHA

      Stephen Boyd
      Area Director, OSHA, Dallas Area Office
      Elias Vela
      Compliance Assistance Specialist (CAS), OSHA, Dallas Area Office

      Consulate of El Salvador in Dallas

      Jose Mario Mejia Barrera
      Consul General de El Salvador
  2. Implementation Team Meetings

    Alliance coordination and planning was conducted through phone, email, and quarterly meetings throughout the year.

    In addition to these formal meetings, the Alliance coordinators from both groups maintained regular contact throughout the reporting period to monitor the Alliance’s progress and results.

  3. Results

    The alliance has raised the Agency’s profile with hard to reach immigrant Spanish speaking workers in the Austin area through a multi-pronged approach.

    Raising Awareness of OSHA’s Rulemaking and Enforcement Initiatives:

    To share information on occupational safety and health laws and standards, including the rights and responsibilities of workers and employers.

    Activity Type Activity Name/Summary OSHA Areas of Emphasis Supported Number Reached
    Meeting Monthly meetings with Consulate personnel before speaking to Salvadoran workers located in the Consulate lobby area. Workers' Rights 10
    Raising Awareness of OSHA’s Rulemaking and Enforcement Initiatives:

    To convene or participate in forums, roundtable discussions, or stakeholder meetings on electrical workers at construction projects, to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace or to provide input on safety and health issues.

    Activity Type Activity Name/Summary OSHA Areas of Emphasis Supported Number Reached
    Exhibit/speaking
    Feb 1, 2016
    Monthly address to the lobby of waiting Salvadoran workers regarding their rights to safe and healthful workplaces. Workers' Rights, Falls, Struck by, caught-in, and Electrical hazards 100
    Exhibit/speaking
    Feb 29, 2016
    Monthly address to the lobby of waiting Salvadoran workers regarding their rights to safe and healthful workplaces. Workers' Rights, Falls, Struck by, caught-in, and Electrical hazards 80
    Exhibit/speaking
    March 28, 2016
    Monthly address to the lobby of waiting Salvadoran workers regarding their rights to safe and healthful workplaces. Workers' Rights, Falls, Struck by, caught-in, and Electrical hazards 200
    Exhibit/speaking
    April 25, 2016
    Monthly address to the lobby of waiting Salvadoran workers regarding their rights to safe and healthful workplaces. Workers' Rights, Falls, Struck by, caught-in, and Electrical hazards 60
    Exhibit/speaking
    June 27, 2016
    Monthly address to the lobby of waiting Salvadoran workers regarding their rights to safe and healthful workplaces. Workers' Rights, Falls, Struck by, caught-in, and Electrical hazards 150
    Training and Education:

    To develop effective training and education programs for workers regarding construction industry regarding falls, electrical, fires-explosions, and struck-by hazards, and to communicate such information to constituent employers and workers.

    Activity Type Activity Name/Summary OSHA Areas of Emphasis Supported Number Reached
    Meeting Monthly meetings where patrons attended sessions of presentations regarding workplace safety and health Falls, Struck by, caught-in, and Electrical hazards 100
    Outreach and Communication:

    To speak, exhibit, or appear at Labor Right Week

    Activity Type Activity Name/Summary OSHA Areas of Emphasis Supported Number Reached
    Speech/Presentation CAS Elias Vela spoke at the Lobbies of the Consulates of Mexico and El Salvador during Labor Rights Week August 29, through September 2, 2016 Workers' Rights. Focused hazards. Fatality statistics 250

    TOTAL 900
  4. Evaluations

    Discussions regarding the effectiveness of this Alliance resulted in mutual agreement in favor of continuing the collaboration.

  5. Upcoming Milestones

    1. Collaboration to encourage Salvadoran workers in the U.S. to recognized their rights to workplaces that are safe and healthful. Labor Rights Week in 2017.
    2. Continue planning and conducting monthly speaking at the Consulate lobby.

    Report prepared by: Elias Vela, CAS Dallas Area Office, November 23, 2016

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