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ALLIANCE ANNUAL REPORT
Kansas City Area Office, Wage and Hour Division,
Kansas City District Office,
and the Consulate of Mexico in Kansas City, Missouri
October 15, 2008
- Alliance Background
June 29, 2007
The Parties intend to establish a collaborative relationship to provide
information, guidance, and access to training resources that is expected to help
protect employees’ health and safety, particularly in reducing and preventing
exposure to falls, noise and other safety hazards. The intention of this
relationship is also to provide education on labor issues, such as minimum wages
and proper overtime compensation.
Implementation Team Members
Jean Williams, Assistant Area Director, OSHA-KCAO
Elizabeth Morales, Regional CAS OSHA
Chely Scarbrough, Acting District Director, Wage and Hour, Kansas City District
Deann Alvarado, Assistant District Director, Wage and Hour, Kansas City District
Daniel Aguado Omelas, Consul of Protection Department, Consulate of Mexico in
Kansas City, MO
Alma Haydee Alcántara, Coordinador, Consulate of Mexico in Kansas City, MO
Ann Fox, OSHA
Mel McCrary, OSHA
Jacalyn Wheeler, OSHA
Noemi Hernandez, Consulate of Mexico in Kansas City, MO
June 29, 2007 – June 29, 2008
- Implementation Team Meetings
On June 29, 2007, during the signing of the partnership, the signatories
discussed ways that the alliance could be implemented. This included the
upcoming Back to School Event and the BiNational Health Week activities. Also
during the signing of the alliance the employees at the Consulate shared some of
the costumes used for festivals in Mexico. In addition, a local Hispanic
television program (Univision Channel 48) interviewed the signatories regarding
Several informal telephone conversations have been held throughout the
evaluation period as needed, as well as meetings to discuss innovative ways to
broaden the Hispanic community awareness of safety and health.
- Events and Products
Outreach and Communication
Promoting the National Dialogue on Workplace Safety and Health
On August 16, 2007 the Kansas City Area Office participated in the Westside
Community Action Network’s 6th Annual Back to School Pep Rally 2007. The Area
Office provided safety and health publications and information in English and
Spanish on construction hazards and injury/illness prevention, as well as toy
hard hats and safety and health stickers for the children. Approximately 500
Hispanic community families participated in the event.
On October 19, 2007 the Kansas City Area Office participated in the BiNational
Health Week providing bilingual information on safety and health (related to
construction, fall protection, personal protective equipment) and injury
prevention. This event held at the Consulate facility had approximately 100
participants during that day with approximately 14,000 participants during the
complete week of activities.
The Consulate provided assistance to the OSHA Kansas City Area Office in
attaining information regarding the next of kin notification related to a
No new products were developed, however, many OSHA and Wage and Hour bilingual
publications have been provided to the Mexican Consulate to be placed in their
waiting area during this evaluation period.
In addition, the Kansas City Area Office has provided bilingual publications
and Spanish training videos to the Westside Community Network (WCAN Center), a
day facility for Hispanics to come for employment opportunities.
The Regional Office has been working with the Mexican Consulate to get a link
to the OSHA web page on their web page.
During this evaluation period, the alliance has brought together the signatory
groups as well as other community organizations that interact with the Hispanic
population in the greater Kansas City area. In January 2008, the OSHA Region VII
office employed a Compliance Assistance Specialist (CAS) who speaks Spanish and
has been a valuable member of the Implementation Team. Please reference the
"Upcoming Milestones” section below.
|Type of Activity
(Conference, Training, Print and Electronic Distribution, etc.)
||Number of Individuals
Reached or Trained
|6th Annual Back to School Pep
||~ 500 families
|BiNational Health Week
||~ 100 participants
|Various printed publications
- Upcoming Milestones
On August 21, 2008 the Kansas City Area Office will participate in the Westside
Community Action Network’s 7th Annual Back to School Pep Rally 2008.
On October 6, 2008 the Consulate will present information regarding their
policies and responsibilities to the Hispanic community and will put on a
program which will include modeling many of their costumes used for festivals in
On October 6, 2008 the Consulate and OSHA personnel from the Regional and Kansas
City Area Offices will participate in a Hispanic Television program (Univision
Channel 48) to provide information about OSHA to the Hispanic Community.
On October 9, 2008 the Regional CAS plans to participate in the BiNational
Health Week day event at the Consulate facility. Spanish publications will be
available for the construction, landscaping, hotel and restaurant industries.
The Regional CAS has begun and will continue to work with the Protection
Department at the Mexican Consulate to provide OSHA and other safety and health
brochures and information for their Hispanic customers while they are waiting to
receive services and legal advice. The Consulate will be sending OSHA their
brochures with information in English/Spanish related to the Mexican Consulate
services for OSHA to have available for distribution.
The Regional CAS has obtained a DVD, entitled "Safety Resources for the
Construction Industry” which was produced in the OSHA Atlanta West Area Office
and contains safety and health information in English and Spanish for computer
access only. The Regional Office is working to convert the DVD so it can be used
with TV/DVDs and plans to make it available to the Consulate.