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The U.S. Department of Labor’s, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Houston Area Offices (HAO) and the Consulate General of Mexico in Houston (Consulate),

Recognizing the joint commitment to workplace safety and health protections acknowledged in the 2004 Letter of Agreement between the Department of Labor of the United States of America and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the United Mexican States; and

Recognizing that OSHA’s Alliance Program 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;

Intend to establish an Alliance to achieve the following:

Overall Objective

OSHA HAO and the Consulate intend to establish a collaborative relationship to provide the Consulate’s members and others with information, guidance, and access to training resources that is aimed to help them protect employee’s health and safety, particularly in reducing and preventing exposure to:

  • Falls, electrical, struck by, and caught in/between hazards.

  • Hurricane related preparation and clean-up hazards.

Training and Education

OSHA HAO and the Consulate intend to work together to achieve the following training and education goals:

  • To develop training and education programs for general and construction industry workers regarding:

    • Falls, electrical, struck by, caught in/between hazards, and to communicate such information to employers and employees in the industry.

    • Preparing for hurricanes and hazards associated with hurricane clean-up, and to communicate such information to employers and employees in the industry.
  • To deliver or arrange for the delivery of courses on:

    • The four leading construction hazards (falls, electrical, struck-by, caught in/between hazards).

    • Hurricane preparation and clean-up hazards.

Outreach and Communication

OSHA HAO and the Consulate intend to work together to achieve the following outreach and communication goals:

  • To develop information on the recognition and prevention of workplace hazards, and ways of communicating such information (e.g., print and electronic media, including electronic assistance tools and links from OSHA’s websites) to employers and employees in the industry.

  • To speak, exhibit, or appear at events such as Consulate meetings.

  • To share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding Consulate best practices or effective approaches and publicize results through outreach by the Consulate and through OSHA or Consulate developed materials, training programs, workshops, seminars, and lectures (or any other applicable form).

An implementation team made up of representatives of both parties intend to meet to develop a plan of action, determine working procedures, and identify the roles and responsibilities of the signatories. In addition, OSHA HAO and the Consulate intend to meet at least 4 times per year to track and share information on activities and results in achieving the goals of the Alliance.

This Arrangement is to remain in effect for two years. Either signatory may terminate it for any reason at any time with 30 days written notice. This Arrangement may be modified in writing at any time with the concurrence of all signatories.

Signed at the Mexican Consulate in Houston, in duplicate, this 24th day of March, 2006.

For the Consulate General of Mexico in Houston:

Carlos I. González Magallón
Consul General of Mexico


For the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration:

Joe Reina
Deputy Regional Administrator