ANNUAL ALLIANCE REPORT
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
Dallas Area Office
Regional Hispanic Contractors Association - Dallas
August 7, 2018
May 31, 2018
June 23, 2017 through August 7, 2018
The Alliance with the Regional Hispanic Contractors Association in Dallas, and the OSHA Dallas Area Office is directed towards reducing injuries, illnesses and fatalities in the construction industry. The RHCA offers staff, construction contractor-members and their workers, information regarding resources available for employers and workers regarding construction worker safety and health.
Implementation Team Members
Basil Singh, Area Director, Dallas Area Office
Elias Vela, Compliance Assistance Specialist, Dallas Area Office
The Regional Hispanic Contractors Association in Dallas
Yolanda Tafoya, Dallas Office Administrator
John Martinez, President
Implementation Team Meetings
Compliance Assistance Specialist (CAS) Elias Vela participated at RHCA Safety Committee meetings. During these visits, OSHA outreach literature was distributed to the attendees.
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.
Emails from RHCA consistently provided information regarding the offering of free safety training being provided in English and Spanish per the Susan B. Harwood Grants program. The Dallas Area Office has printed and posted the "notices" of free construction safety training offered at the front customer waiting area (lobby).
The following table summarizes the Alliance's activities in support of the goals in the Alliance agreement.
Participation in the alliance has helped maintain and improve the knowledge and sharing of best practices. In addition to the meetings covering National Safety Stand-Down for Falls in Construction, heat stress, distracted driving, distracted driving policies, and other topics, information on fatality trends, and best practices, was provided. During these meetings, OSHA outreach literature was distributed to the attendees.
- Outreach and Communication: Develop information on the recognition and prevention of workplace hazards, and ways of communication such information working in Dallas, Texas. To speak, exhibit, or appear at the Participants' conferences, local meetings, or other events.
OSHA Areas of Emphasis Supported
July 24, 2017 Meeting to discuss Alliance agreement at DAO Alliance and safety program collaboration
Aug 25, 2017 Monitored SB Harwood Grants training in Spanish Focus Four Hazards in Construction
Sep 14, 2017 Membership Breakfast Written safety programs encouraged. Training programs.
Feb 22, 2018 Pillar Awards: AD & CAS "Safety Minute" Won John Kelly Safety Award OSHA Pubs in English/Spanish re: Construction worker safety.
Mar 16, 2018 RL Monitored SB Harwood Grants training Fall Protection in Spanish
April 11, 2018 Dallas ISD $1.6Billion Bond Program Membership Luncheon OSHA Upcoming safety campaigns and events: National Safety Stand-Down, Safe and Sound, Safety Programs encouraged
May 8, 2018 RHCA Board of Directors Inauguration Attended and met RHCA Board of Directors at the Latino Cultural Center in Dallas
May 11, 2018 RHCA Conference at Mountain View College OSHA Update, S&H programs
May 31, 2018 Executive Committee Meeting and Alliance renewal agreement signed for three years Proactive and effective safety programs
Previous evaluation was conducted on or about June 23, 2017.
The CAS will meet quarterly with the Safety Committee of the RHCA Dallas, providing information on worker's rights to safe and healthful work at construction sites and employer responsibilities.
Signed renewal Alliance Agreement for three years at an RHCA Executive Committee meeting during May 31, 2018. Next renewal agreement is due May 31, 2021.
Report prepared by: Elias Vela, CAS Dallas Area Office August 7, 2018