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ANNUAL ALLIANCE REPORT
U.S. Department of Labor
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Baton Rouge Area Office
And
Consulate of Mexico in New Orleans, Louisiana
September 6, 2015


  1. Alliance Background

    1. Date Signed

      September 6, 2013

    2. Evaluation Period

      September 6, 2013 through September 6, 2014

    3. Overview

      The Alliance with the Mexican Consulate in New Orleans, Louisiana was established to recognize the joint commitment to protect workers' rights for Mexican 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 Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the United Mexican States, signed at Washington, D.C., on June 1, 2010.

      The Alliance 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.

      The Participants intentions are to establish a collaborative relationship to provide Mexican Nationals in Louisiana and others information, guidance, and access to education and training resources to promote workers' rights in protecting their occupational safety and health, and to help them understand U.S. domestic law on the rights of workers and the responsibilities of employers under the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act).

    4. Implementation Team Members

      OSHA

      Dorinda Folse
      Area Director (AD), OSHA, Baton Rouge Area Office
      Alexander Novas
      Compliance Assistance Specialist (CAS), OSHA, Baton Rouge Area Office

      Consulate of Mexico in New Orleans, Louisiana

      Diana P. Rodriquez Medina
      Consulate of Mexico
      Miguel Angel Ferreira
      Consulate of Mexico
  2. Implementation Team Meetings

    Planning Meetings were held to organize consulate activities for the 6th annual Labor Rights Week. A follow-up meeting was held to discuss the results of the activities held and to plan for future events.

  3. Activities and Products

    Training and Education

    • Baton Rouge Area Office, compliance assistance conducted a presentation during Labor Rights Week to inform workers of their rights and employers of their responsibilities under the OSH Act. The information presented also included workplace hazard recognition; the various ways an employee can file a complaint and how to access the website "OSHA en Español," for additional guidance and publications in Spanish.
    • Baton Rouge Area Office, compliance assistance provided the consulate with guidance on how to access OSHA instructional Spanish language videos, such as how to file a complaint. Showings of the videos are provided for visitors in the consulate reception area.

    Outreach and Communication

    • Baton Rouge Area Office, compliance assistance provided the consulate with OSHA Spanish language publications which included educational brochures, pamphlets and training materials. The publications and information provided by compliance assistance are made available at the consulate for distribution throughout the year.
    • A representative from the Baton Rouge Area Office regularly attends meetings of the "Sub-Committee for Justice and Equality," to answer questions and provide information and publications for those in attendance from the Hispanic community.
    • Baton Rouge Area Office, compliance assistance provided Spanish language radio stations with information relating to Labor Rights Week for broadcast to Spanish speaking listeners in the New Orleans and Baton Rouge areas. The publication, "Somos OSHA, Podemos Ayudar" (We Are OSHA, We Can Help) was also provided for distribution at the stations. The Spanish language stations in Baton Rouge and New Orleans reach an estimated 16,000 hourly listeners.

    Promoting the National Dialogue on Workplace Safety and Health

    • The Mexican Consulate in New Orleans annually recognizes Workers' Memorial Day as an international day of remembrance for fallen workers.
    • The Mexican Consulate in New Orleans actively provides occupational safety and health information during the annual recognition of Labor Rights Week.
  4. Results

    Through the joint efforts of the Alliance, the Mexican Consulate in New Orleans now has greater access to OSHA outreach information and publications for Mexican Workers in Louisiana, in addition to an increased awareness of OSHA's continued efforts to reach at-risk workers.

  5. Upcoming Milestones

    The Alliance plans to reestablish its collaborative efforts and continue towards meeting the goals for the next evaluation year.

    • Continuing to promote occupational safety and health for the Hispanic community in Louisiana.
    • OSHA participation in mobile consulate events.
    • OSHA participation in consulate activities during the 7th Annual Labor Rights Week.
    • Renewal of the Alliance with the Consulate of Mexico in New Orleans, Louisiana, September 2015
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