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ANNUAL ALLIANCE REPORT
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
Dallas Area Office

And

The Hispanic Contractors Association de Tejas (HCAT) Dallas

June 8, 2016


  1. Alliance Background

    1. Date Signed

      June 19, 2015

    2. Evaluation Period

      June 19, 2015 to June 19, 2016

    3. Overview

      The Alliance between the Dallas Area Office of OSHA and the Hispanic Contractors Association de Tejas (HCAT) was directed towards collaboration in outreach efforts to reduce worker injuries, illnesses, and fatalities in the construction industry. HCAT has offered OSHA Representatives a platform during quarterly Safety meetings that are for HCAT members to participate in workplace safety and health leadership awareness. Guest Speakers at the quarterly 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

      Hispanic Contractors Association de Tejas

      Javier Arias
      Chairman
      Elizabeth Sauceda
      Executive Director
  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 following table summarizes the Alliance’s activities in support of the goals in the Alliance agreement.

    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 Quarterly meeting in Balch Springs, TX on January 21, 2016 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
    Meeting Monthly meetings where HCAT members attended sessions of presentations regarding workplace safety and health April 13, 2016 Falls, Struck by, caught-in, and Electrical hazards

    10

    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 May 11, 2016 Falls, Struck by, caught-in, and Electrical hazards

    7

    Outreach and Communication:

    To speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA’s or Construction Industry safety conferences, local meetings, or other occupational safety awareness outreach events.

    Activity Type Activity Name/Summary OSHA Areas of Emphasis Supported Number Reached
    Speech/Presentation CAS Elias Vela spoke at the Worker Commemoration Ceremony on April 28, 2016 Workers’ Rights. Focused hazards. Fatality statistics

    50

    TOTAL

    77

  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 HCAT members to submit an abstract for conducting a presentation at the first annual OSHA Construction Safety Conference at the Irving Convention Center on or about October 27, 2016.
    2. Continue planning and conducting quarterly meetings.

    Report prepared by: Elias Vela, CAS Dallas Area Office, July 28, 2016

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