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ANNUAL ALLIANCE REPORT
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration
U.S. Department of Labor
Omaha Area Office
And
The Microbusiness Training and Development Center
Juan Diego Center
Catholic Charities of Omaha
March 19, 2011 to March 19, 2012


Alliance Background

Date Signed:

March 19, 2009

Date Renewed:

May 2, 2011

Overview: Catholic Charities serves and advocates for Omaha’s voiceless, lost, hungry, addicted, abused and forgotten people through their many programs. The Microbusiness Training and Development Center offers a wide range of services, tailored to help Latino entrepreneurs and small business owners. The Program provides them with the knowledge, expertise, and tools to write business plans, get loans, utilize technology, improve operations, develop budgets, build relationships and ultimately live their dream. Classes are offered in Spanish and English.

This Alliance is intended, through a collaborative relationship, to foster safer and more healthful workplaces, by providing Microbusiness Training and Development Center faculty, students, and others with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect the health and safety of immigrant employees, particularly Latinos working in Nebraska.

Implementation Team Members

Adriana Zambrano
Microbusiness Training and Development Center - Executive Director
Georgina Nunez
Microbusiness Training and Development Center - Instructor
Ricardo Peacock
Omaha Area Office - Bi-lingual CSHO

Evaluation Period

March 19, 2011 – March 19, 2012

Implementation Team Meetings

Training is conducted on a quarterly basis, as a new class of students enters and works through the Microbusiness Program. Program Instructor, Georgina Nunez contacts the OAO representative each quarter to schedule a class presentation.

Events and Products

Training and Education

  • Events

    6/7/11 Micro-business class presentation JDC South Omaha (SP)

    6/15/11 Residential Const. presentation JDC South Omaha (SP)

    7/11/11 Micro-business class presentation JDC South Omaha (SP)

    8/11/11 Micro-business class presentation JDC South Omaha (SP)

    11/22/11 Micro-business class presentation JDC North Omaha (EN)

    1/19/12 Micro-business class presentation JDC South Omaha (SP)

    1/26/12 Micro-business class presentation JDC North Omaha (EN)

  • Class presentations consist of an overview of OSHA and the OSH Act, the rights and responsibilities of a small business owner, and the rights of employees. In addition to being entrepreneurs, the students are often employees of local companies. A great deal of time is spent on the rights of employees, including a discussion of how to file complaints. Training is provided in Spanish, by our bi-lingual compliance officer.
  • A two-hour program was provided to Latino construction workers, addressing the impending changes to the Residential Construction requirements. The Juan Diego Center publicized this training in their newsletter and posted fliers throughout the businesses in the community. The program was presented in Spanish to a standing room only crowd.

Results

Type of Activity (Conference, Training, Print and Electronic Distribution, etc.)Number of Individuals Reached or Trained
Microbusiness training Session #118
Microbusiness training Session #218
Microbusiness training Session #325
Microbusiness training Session #417
Microbusiness training Session #520
Microbusiness training Session #625
Microbusiness training Session #737
Residential Construction training40
TOTAL200

Upcoming Milestones

The intention is to continue providing (4) sessions per year to the students of the Microbusiness Program, and to develop and present training on emerging issues or special interest topics on an as-needed basis.

Report Prepared by: Ricardo Peacock, Compliance Safety and Health Officer with the Omaha Area Office

For more information, contact the Office of Outreach Services and Alliances at 201-693-2340 or go to www.osha.gov.

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