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ARRANGEMENT ESTABLISHING AN ALLIANCE
BETWEEN
THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR’S
OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION
HOUSTON AREA OFFICES
AND
THE CONSULATE OF MEXICO IN HOUSTON, TEXAS

The U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Houston Area Offices, and the Consulate of Mexico in Houston, Texas, hereinafter referred to collectively as “the Participants”;

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 health and safety;

Recognizing the continuing effort and interest of the Consulate General of Mexico in promoting workers’ rights, health and safety in the workplace;

Intend to form an Alliance to achieve the following

Overall Objective

The Participants intend to establish a collaborative relationship to provide Mexican Nationals in Eastern Texas and others with information, guidance, and access to education and training resources to promote workers’ rights in protecting their occupational health and safety, particularly with regards to reducing injuries and fatalities related to fall, electrical, struck-by, and caught in/between hazards, and to help them understand the rights of workers and the responsibilities of employers under the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act).

Training and Education

The Participants intend to work together to achieve the following training and education goals:

  • To develop training and education programs for Mexican Nationals in Eastern Texas regarding safety and health hazards in the Construction and General Industries relating to fall, electrical, struck-by, and caught in/between hazards, and to communicate such information to constituent employers and workers.
     
  • To develop training and education programs for Mexican Nationals in Eastern Texas to promote understanding of workers’ rights and responsibilities of employers, including the use of the OSHA complaint process, and to communicate such information to employers and workers.
     
  • To deliver or arrange for the delivery of OSHA 10-Hour Construction and General Industry Outreach Training Programs and other safety related courses.
     
  • To develop workplace health and safety curricula on hazards faced by Mexican Nationals in Eastern Texas.
Outreach and Communication

The Participants intend to work together to achieve the following outreach and communication goals

  • To develop information on the recognition and prevention of workplace hazards, and to develop ways of communicating such information (e.g., print and electronic media, electronic assistance tools, and links to OSHA’s Web site from the Consulate’s Web site) to Mexican Nationals in Eastern Texas and their employers.
     
  • To speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA’s or the Consulate’s conferences, local meetings, or other events.
     
  • To participate in “Mobile Consulate” activities and events.
     
  • To share information among DOL personnel and safety and health professionals regarding the Consulates’ good practices or effective approaches and publicize results through outreach by the Consulate and through DOL- or Consulate-developed materials, training programs, workshops, seminars, and lectures (or any other applicable forum).
Promotion of a National Dialogue

The Participants intend to work together to achieve the following goals related to promoting a national dialogue on workplace health and safety:

  • To raise awareness of and demonstrate commitment to workplace safety and health and workers’ rights whenever leaders from the Participants address groups.
     
  • To convene or participate in forums, roundtable discussions, or stakeholder meetings on workplace safety and health, working conditions, and labor rights issues to help forge innovative solutions on issues concerning workplace health and safety and understanding of workers’ rights and responsibilities of employers.
An implementation team made up of representatives of each Participant intends to meet to develop a plan of action, determine working procedures, and identify the roles and responsibilities of the Participants. In addition, the Participants intend to meet at least three times per year to track and share information on activities and results in achieving the goals of the Alliance.

This Arrangement is intended to cease two years from the date of signing. A Participant should endeavor to provide 30 days advance written notice of its intent to discontinue its participation in this Arrangement. This Arrangement may be modified in writing at any time by mutual consent of the Participants.

Signed at <insert city, state>, in duplicate, this <insert day of month (e.g. 12th)> day of <insert month, year>, in the English and Spanish languages:
 


 
For the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration,
Houston South Area Office:


_____________________
Mark R. Briggs, CSP,
Area Director



 
For the Consulate of Mexico
in Houston, Texas:



_________________________
Carlos Gonzalez Magallón,
Consul General of Mexico in Houston
 



 
For the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration,
Houston North Area Office:


______________________
David A. Doucet, MS,
Area Director