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ANNUAL ALLIANCE REPORT
Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the
Mexican–American Commission of Nebraska
November 2004 – October 2005
I. Alliance Background
November 4, 2002
This Alliance addresses safety and health issues confronted by the Hispanic/Latino workforce in
Nebraska by using the collective expertise of OSHA (including OSHA Consultation) and the
Mexican-American Commission of Nebraska to advance a culture of injury and illness prevention and
the sharing of best practices and technical knowledge. The agreement also focuses on a number of
Training and education:
Outreach and communication:
- Develop and deliver training and education programs on various issues affecting the safety and
health of Hispanic/Latino employers and employees.
- Jointly deliver or arrange for the delivery of OSHA-specific training courses.
Implementation Team Members
- Seek opportunities to jointly develop and disseminate information at conferences, events, or
through print and electronic media, including links from OSHA’s and the Mexican-American Commission
of Nebraska’s Web sites.
- Seek opportunities to speak, exhibit, or appear at conferences, local meetings, or other
- Promote and encourage Mexican-American Commission members’ participation in OSHA’s cooperative
programs such as compliance assistance, the Voluntary Protection Program, Consultation, and SHARP.
In addition, act as mentors to Mexican-American Commission members that aspire to excellence in
safety and health.
|Cecilia Huerta, Executive Director
Jose Santos, Commissioner
Doug Fletcher, CAS
OSHA – Omaha Area Office
11/01/2004 – 10/30/2005
II. Implementation Team Meetings
III. Activities and Products
- No team meetings were conducted during this time period. The Mexican-American Commission is a
State-funded activity that has experienced funding difficulties. In addition, the Executive
Director (and sole employee of the MAC) experienced serious health issues during the past year so
regularly scheduled meetings were suspended.
Training and Education
Outreach and Communication
- Commissioner Santos continues to attend the bi-monthly meetings of the Nebraska Meat Processing
partnership. He regularly reports to this group about safety, health, and human rights issues
confronted by the Hispanic community, specifically as they pertain to the meat processing industry.
Information garnered at these meetings is conveyed to the Commission.
IV. Upcoming Milestones
- The primary activity of this alliance has been the dissemination of OSHA/safety and health
information through the use of the Mexican-American Commission newsletter and electronic
distribution systems. These "systems" reach over 6,500 recipients throughout the state. The
Commission is part of an electronic mailing list managed by the Omaha Area Office and regularly
receives safety and health information. Further dissemination of this information is at the
discretion of the Commission.
The Omaha Area Office intends to continue with the dissemination of
information to the Mexican American Commission but will terminate the formal alliance agreement as