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The United States Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Des
Moines Area Office, the United States Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Des Moines
District Office, the Iowa Division of Labor (IDL) and the Consulate of Mexico in Omaha, Nebraska
(the Consulate), hereinafter referred to collectively as "the Parties",
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 provide 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; and
Intend to establish an Alliance to achieve the following:
OSHA and the Parties intend, to establish a collaborative relationship to provide the Parties and
others with information, guidance, and access to training resources that is expected to help them
protect employees' health and safety, particularly in reducing and preventing exposure to fall,
noise and other safety hazards and addressing working conditions, and labor rights issues.
OSHA and the Parties intend to work together to achieve the following training
and education goals:
- To provide expertise to develop training and education programs for Mexican citizens regarding
safety and health hazards, working conditions and labor rights issues, and to provide expertise in
communicating such information to employers and employees in the industry.
- To deliver or arrange for the delivery of OSHA 10 hour training and other courses.
- To provide expertise to develop workplace safety and health curricula on hazards faced by Mexican
citizens working in Iowa.
Outreach and Communication
OSHA and the Parties intend to work together to achieve the following outreach and
- To provide expertise in developing information on the recognition and prevention of workplace
hazards, and to provide expertise in developing ways of communicating such information (e.g. print
and electronic media, electronic assistance tools and OSHA's and the Parties Web sites) to employers
and employees in the industry.
- To speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA or the Parties conferences, local meetings or other events.
- To share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding
the Parties best practices or effective approaches and through OSHA or the Parties developed
materials, training programs, workshops, seminars, and lectures (or any other applicable forum).
- To promote and encourage the Parties or worksites' participation in OSHA's cooperative programs
such as compliance assistance, the Voluntary Protection Program, Consultation, and the Safety and
Health Achievement Recognition Program.
- To work with other Alliance participants on specific issues and projects on safety and health
hazards, working conditions and labor rights throughout various industries for Mexican citizens that
are addressed and developed through the Alliance Program.
- To encourage the Parties and Mexican citizens to build relationships with OSHA's Regional and Area
Offices to address health and safety issues, including meatpacking, agriculture, maritime and much
Promotion of a National Dialogue
OSHA and the Parties intend to work together to achieve the following goals related
to promoting the national dialogue on workplace safety and health:
- To raise others' awareness of and demonstrate their own commitment to workplace safety and health
whenever, the Parties leaders address groups.
- To develop and disseminate case studies illustrating the business value of safety and health and
publicize their results.
- To convene or participate in forums, round table discussions, or stakeholder meetings on workplace
safety and health, working conditions, and labor rights issues to help forge innovative solutions in
the workplace or to provide input on safety and health issues.
An implementation team made up of the Parties' representatives intends to meet to
develop a plan of action, determine working procedures, and identify the roles and responsibilities of
the participants. In addition, OSHA and the Parties 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 to remain in effect for two years. Any signatory may terminate it for any reason
at any time, provided they give 30 days written notice. This Arrangement may be modified in writing
at any time with the concurrence of all signatories.
Signed at Des Moines, IA, in quintuplicate on the 18th day of January, 2007 in the English and
|FOR THE UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT
OF LABOR'S OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION
DES MOINES AREA OFFICE:
|FOR THE CONSULATE OF MEXICO OMAHA,
Jose Luis Cuevas H.,
Consul of Mexico in Omaha
FOR THE UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF LABOR'S
WAGE AND HOUR DIVISION
DES MOINES DISTRICT OFFICE:
IOWA DIVISION OF LABOR:
Interim Commissioner of Labor