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AGREEMENT ESTABLISHING AN ALLIANCE
BETWEEN
THE ST. LOUIS AREA OFFICE OF THE
OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
AND
THE HISPANIC CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
OF METROPOLITAN ST. LOUIS

The St. Louis Area Office of the Occupational Safety and Health Administrations (OSHA-SLAO) and the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan St. Louis (HCCMSL) Alliance Signing.
The St. Louis Area Office of the Occupational Safety and Health Administrations (OSHA-SLAO) and the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan St. Louis (HCCMSL) Alliance Signing.
The St. Louis Area Office of the Occupational Safety and Health Administrations (OSHA-SLAO) and the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan St. Louis (HCCMSL) recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful workplaces. OSHA-SLAO and the HCCMSL therefore agree to form an Alliance to use their collective expertise and resources to help foster a culture of prevention and openness while sharing best practices and technical knowledge.

This agreement establishes an Alliance to promote safe and healthful working conditions for employees of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Greater St. Louis' membership by:
  • Providing HCCMSL with information and guidance that will help them protect employees' health and safety, and 
  • Increase access to safety and health information and training resources.
OSHA-SLAO and the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan St. Louis will work together to achieve the following training and education goals.
  • Develop training and education programs on safety and health issues.
  • Provide members of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan St. Louis with greater access to safety and health information provided through the OSHA-SLAO, including Spanish-language publications.
OSHA and the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan St. Louis will work together to achieve the following outreach and communication goals:
  • Seek opportunities to jointly develop and disseminate information at conferences, events, or through print, electronic and mass media, including links from OSHA's and the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan St. Louis' web sites.
  • Seek opportunities to speak, exhibit, or appear at conferences, local meetings, or other events.
  • Promote and encourage HCCMSL members' participation in OSHA's cooperative programs such as compliance assistance, the Voluntary Protection Program, Consultation, and SHARP. In addition, act as mentors to the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan St. Louis' members/worksites that aspire to excellence in safety and health.
OSHA-SLAO and the HCCMSL will work together to achieve the following goals related to promoting the national dialogue on workplace safety and health:
  • Where appropriate, perform case studies and publicize their results through print or electronic media, promotion at conferences, or other means of reaching out to others in industry.
  • Convene or participate in forums and round table discussions on safety and health issues to help forge innovative solutions to issues in the workplace.
An implementation team made up of representatives of both organizations will meet to develop a plan of action, determine working procedures, and identify the roles and responsibilities of the participants. In addition, the implementation team will meet at least quarterly to track and share information on activities and results in achieving the goals of the Alliance. Team members will include representatives of OSHA's St. Louis Area Office, and the Executive Director and President of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan St. Louis. OSHA-SLAO will afford the opportunity for respresentatives of Mossouri 21(d) consultation program to participate as well.

This agreement will remain in effect for one year from the date of signing and will automatically be renewed annually thereafter. This agreement may be modified at any time with the concurrence of the OSHA-SLAO and the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan St. Louis, and may be terminated for any reason with 30 days written notice from the OSHA-SLAO and /or the HCCMSL. This Alliance becomes effective upon the date of this last signature on this agreement.


______________________________________________
John. L. Henshaw,
Assistant Secretary, U.S. Department of Labor
Occupational Safety and Health Adminstration


______________________________________________
Charles Adkins
Regional Administrator, OSHA Region VII
Occupational Safety and Health Administration


______________________________________________
William D. McDonald,
Area Director, St. Louis Area Office
Occupational Safety and Health Administration


______________________________________________
Giberto Pinela
Executive Director
Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan St. Louis


______________________________________________
Rafael Num Marin
President
Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan St. Louis


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Lydia Padilla
Vice President
Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan St. Louis

November 20, 2002