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Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the
Mexican–American Commission of Nebraska

November 2004 – October 2005

I. Alliance Background

Date Signed

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 goals including:

Training and education:
  • 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.
Outreach and communication:
  • 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 events.
  • 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.
Implementation Team Members
Cecilia Huerta, Executive Director
Jose Santos, Commissioner
Doug Fletcher, CAS
Mexican-American Commission
Mexican-American Commission
OSHA – Omaha Area Office

Evaluation Period

11/01/2004 – 10/30/2005

II. Implementation Team Meetings
  • 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.
III. Activities and Products

Training and Education

  • 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.
Outreach and Communication

  • 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.
IV. Upcoming Milestones

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 of 11/04/05.