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ANNUAL ALLIANCE REPORT
U.S. Department of Labor
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Houston North Area Office
And
Houston South Area Office
And
The Consulate of Mexico in Houston
November 9, 2017


  1. Alliance Background

    1. Date Signed

      Originally signed on April 14, 2010 and renewed on August 28, 2017.

    2. Evaluation Period

      August 31, 2016 to August 31, 2017

    3. Alliance Overview

      The Alliance was formed to establish a collaborative relationship between the Consulate of Mexico in Houston, OSHA Houston North Area Office (HNAO), and the OSHA Houston South Area Office (HSAO) to promote safety, health and environmental and inform workers in the Hispanic community of their workplace rights in the Houston area.

    4. Implementation Team Members

      OSHA

      Joann Figueroa, Area Director, OSHA, Houston North Area Office
      Mark Briggs, Area Director, OSHA, Houston South Area Office
      Jim Shelton, Compliance Assistance Specialist, OSHA, Houston North Area Office

      The Consulate of Mexico in Houston

      Jesús Loera, Mexican Consulate Houston

  2. Implementation Team Meetings

    Alliance members meet regularly quarterly to plan upcoming meetings and activities. The Alliance participants work with the Justice and Equality group to plan outreach activities and participate in Labor Rights Week.

  3. Activities, Events and Products

    Training and Education

    • Compliance Assistance Specialist (CAS) Shelton provides OSHA update information during the bi-monthly Justice and Equality meetings.
    • OSHA information such as Spanish language safety training information in the Houston area, heat, flood, mold, and OSHA Zika virus information is forwarded to the Mexican Consulate.
    • Labor Rights Week which consists of multiple events at different forums was cancelled due to Hurricane Harvey.

    Outreach and Communication

    • CAS Shelton distributed worker rights information through the Mexican Consulate and other groups. A flyer on worker rights was developed with local contact information for distribution to workers and several hundred were provided to the Consulate for distribution.

    Promoting the National Dialogue on Workplace Safety and Health

    • The Mexican Consulate has been successful in maintaining the Justice and Equality group and facilitating OSHA outreach to the Hispanic community.
    • The Consulate of Mexican in Houston participates in the Annual Worker Memorial Vigil which is held each year.
  4. Results

    • The Alliance between the Consulate of Mexico in Houston and OSHA has allowed worker rights information to be distributed to several thousand Hispanic workers in the Greater Houston Area.
    • The Alliance and Justice and Equality group provides periodic meetings to discuss worker rights with various organizations that work in the Hispanic community.
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