The Hispanic Contractors Association de Tejas (HCAT) and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) agree to
establish an Alliance to promote safe and healthful working conditions for Hispanic construction workers. The number of
Hispanic construction workers killed or injured on the job in construction is disproportionate to those of other groups of
workers. To promote safer working conditions, better understanding of safety and health practices, and cooperation between
stakeholders, HCAT and the OSHA agree to:
Both organizations acknowledge that, when English is not the first language of construction employers and/or employees in the
United States, access to training and information about safe and healthful work practices may be limited compared to native
English-speakers. To bridge this language barrier and other potential gaps in access, the HCAT and OSHA agree to work
- Help construction contractors (employers) improve knowledge of safe and healthful work practices and achieve compliance
with safety and health standards and other regulations promulgated pursuant to the Occupational Safety and Health Act of
- Increase access to safety and health training resources and related materials in Spanish for construction employers and
employees who are not fluent in the English language.
- Identify existing resources and stimulate the development of new resources for Hispanic construction employers and
employees, such as safety and health publications, audio-visual and other reference materials that are in Spanish.
- Seek opportunities to jointly exhibit and disseminate safety and health information at conferences, events, community-based
activities, and through electronic mediums.
- Establish an annual "Safety Day" event to promote free Spanish-language safety hazard awareness training for construction
workers and employers in the State of Texas.
- Work with community and faith based organizations and other leadership groups to build safety and health awareness within
the Hispanic community.
- Encourage bilingual individuals in construction to take the OSHA train-the-trainer course on occupational safety and health
standards for the construction industry, so they qualify to teach Hispanic workers the OSHA 10- and 30-hour construction
safety and health outreach courses in Spanish.
- Promote and encourage participation in the OSHA cooperative programs (e.g. compliance assistance, consultation and
mentoring) among HCAT members.
- Working in mutual Cooperation to establish a partnering program between HCAT and OSHA for each chapter.
- Participating member of the organizations will meet to facilitate the goals of the Alliance. The participating members will
draft a document formalizing the Alliance procedures, and establish methods to track, analyze, and evaluate the Alliance
- Two original copies of this present agreement are signed and rectified on this 1st. day of April 2003. Thus validating dual
- THEREFORE, the Hispanic Contractors Association de Tejas and Occupational Safety & Health Administration hereby enter into
Deputy Regional Administrator for Region VI
Occupational Safety and
Hispanic Contractors Association de Tejas