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Federal OSHA, Cal/OSHA, and the Consuls General of Mexico in Calexico,
Fresno, Los Angeles, Oxnard, Sacramento, San Bernardino,
San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose, and Santa Ana, California.
Region IX Alliance Annual Report
April 10, 2014


  1. Alliance Background

    Date Signed

    August 27, 2012

    Overview

    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Consul Generals of Mexico in Calexico, Fresno, Los Angeles, Oxnard, Sacramento, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose, and Santa Ana, California formed an Alliance to provide Mexican nationals working in California with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help protect employees' health and safety and allow them to exercise their rights.

    Implementation Team Members

    Remedios Gómez Arnau
    Consul General, Consulate of Mexico in San Diego
    Jose Benavides
    Safety and Occupational Health Manager, OSHA Oakland Area Office
    Adriana González Félix
    Consul de Protección, Consulate of Mexico in San Francisco
    Carlos Félix
    Cónsul General, Consulate of Mexico in San Francisco
    David Figueroa Ortega
    Consul General, Consulate of Mexico in Los Angeles
    Myriam Rosiles
    Consul de Protección, Consulate General of Mexico in San Francisco
    Jorge Solchaga
    Consul de Protección, Consulate General of Mexico in Los Angeles
    Peter Wilsey
    Safety and Occupational Health Manager, OSHA San Francisco Regional Office

    Evaluation Period

    August 27, 2012 to August 30, 2013

  2. Implementation Team Meetings

    Federal OSHA met with the San Diego Consulate on May 29, 2012, the San Francisco Consulate on August 7, 2012, the Los Angeles Consulate on August 27, 2012, and both the Los Angeles and San Francisco Consulates on September 12, 2012 to discuss training and outreach opportunities through a joint Alliance agreement.

  3. Events and Products

    Training and Education

    Informational sessions were held at the San Francisco Mexican Consulate on February 26, April 30, and June 21, 2013 to educate their staff on OSHA regulations, services and outreach programs. Informational updates and materials on OSHA initiatives, services, and worker protections were also provided. Future educational and training programs for Mexican nationals working in California were discussed and planned at these sessions.

    During the Labor Rights Week events from August 26 to 30, 2013, presentations, training, workshops, and educational OSHA materials were provided to workers at the San Francisco, Sacramento, San Diego, San Bernardino, and Los Angeles Mexican consulates. Additional educational materials were also provided to the other five Mexican consulates in California for distribution during their Labor Rights week events. The materials provided at these events included worker rights booklets, heat illness, and fall protection pamphlets, and a variety of safety and health posters, flyers, and cards in English and Spanish.

    Outreach and Communication

    On August 20, 2013, Federal OSHA participated in a live Spanish language radio program interview with a San Diego based Spanish language radio station. The interview was scheduled through the San Diego Mexican Consulate as part of their Labor Rights' week events. The interview consisted of questions regarding occupational safety and health, worker rights, and employer responsibilities. OSHA's contact information was also shared during the radio program. This radio station program reached thousands of Latino workers in the San Diego metropolitan area.

    On August 26, 2013, Federal OSHA delivered a presentation at the Mexican Consulate in San Francisco as part of their Labor Rights week opening day ceremonies and media day program. The keynote address focused on OSHA's role, collaborative efforts with the Mexican consulates, worker rights, and employer responsibilities. An OSHA representative also hosted an information booth during this event. Spanish language pamphlets, posters, and other materials were provided on fall protection, heat stress, and worker rights.

    On August 26, 2013, Federal OSHA gave a presentation at the Mexican Consulate in Los Angeles as part of their Labor Rights week opening day ceremonies. The presentation included information on OSHA worker rights and employer safety and health responsibilities. Informational materials in Spanish were provided on heat stress, fall protection and worker rights.

    On August 26, 2013, Federal OSHA gave a presentation at the Mexican Consulate in San Bernardino during their Labor Rights week opening day ceremonies. The presentation focused on worker rights and employer responsibilities. An OSHA representative also hosted an information booth during this event. Safety and health handouts including heat stress, fall protection and worker rights pamphlets were provide to the attendees.

    On August 26, 2013, Federal OSHA gave a presentation in Spanish at the Mexican Consulate in Sacramento during their Labor Rights week Federal government day event. The topic of the presentation was OSHA employee rights and employer responsibilities, fall protection, and heat illness prevention. An OSHA representative also hosted an information booth during this event. Information and assistance was provided to visitors along with Spanish language OSHA materials including worker rights pamphlets, heat stress posters, and fall protection handouts.

    On August 27, 2013, Federal OSHA hosted an information booth at the Mexican Consulate in San Bernardino, CA. Safety and health handouts including heat stress, fall protection and worker rights pamphlets were provide to the attendees. An OSHA representative also participated in a panel of Federal and State government presenters at Community Center TODEC (Training Occupational Development Educating Communities). The OSHA representative answered questions and provided Informational materials in Spanish regarding safety, health, worker rights, and employer responsibilities.

    On August 28, 2013, Federal OSHA participated in a live call-in program at the UNIVSION flagship station in San Francisco. The Univision program coordinated by the Mexican Consulate in San Francisco attracted over 80 callers to the station and reached thousands of viewers in the San Francisco Bay area.

    On August 29, 2013, Federal OSHA hosted an information booth at the Mexican Consulate in Santa Ana, CA. A presentation was conducted, provided Informational materials in Spanish regarding Safety and health, heat stress, fall protection and worker rights to the attendees. The OSHA representative met with workers to further discuss their individual concerns.

    On August 30, 2013, as part of the San Francisco Labor Rights week program, Federal OSHA participated in a panel of Federal and State government presenters. The OSHA representative provided three separate presentations throughout the day on worker rights, fall protection, heat illness prevention, and employer responsibilities. Following the presentations, the Manager met with workers to further discuss their individual concerns and hosted an information booth where as many as 200 individuals participated.

    Promoting the National Dialogue on Workplace Safety and Health

    Formal and informal meetings were held throughout the year to plan outreach activities, Labor Rights' Week programs, and media events. On April 30, 2013, educational programs were planned with the San Francisco Mexican Consulate including an educational workshop for their staff to cover worker protection regulations including contact information for OSHA and other Federal Agencies. On June 21, 2013, Labor Rights planning meetings were also held with the San Francisco Mexican consulate staff to plan media and other outreach events, including educational programs with Day Laborers and the immigrant community through their Mobile Consulate program. The OSHA representative also shared OSHA's collaboration with community groups including faith-based organizations, Unions, and special interest groups to help reach and serve a wider range of vulnerable and hard to reach workers in California. Information was provided on OSHA's Latino worker initiatives including fall protection, heat stress prevention and hazards associated with construction, agriculture, and temporary work. The group also discussed future educational and training programs for Mexican nationals working in Hawaii through the Hawaii Mexican Mobile Consulate administered by the San Francisco Mexican Consulate.

    As a result of these meetings, future innovative outreach programs for Day Laborers and agricultural workers were planned and information and materials were provided for distribution at the Consulates, mobile Consulates, health fairs and other outreach events throughout California.

  4. Results

    The Alliance between Federal OSHA, Cal/OSHA and the Mexican Consulates in California focused on training, education, and the development of outreach opportunities and programs between the Alliance members. This Alliance has enabled Federal OSHA to work collaboratively with its partners and connect with hard-to-reach and vulnerable workers who have the potential to be exploited and exposed to serious workplace hazards. The relationship fostered by this Alliance has benefitted the outreach efforts of Federal OSHA, Cal/OSHA and the Mexican Consulates in promoting worker safety and health to thousands of workers in California.

    Type of Activity (Conference, Training, Print and Electronic Distribution, etc.) Number of Individuals Reached or Trained
    Training and outreach planning meeting
    April 30, 2013
    San Francisco Mexican Consulate
    10
    Training and outreach planning teleconference
    June 21, 2013
    San Francisco Mexican Consulate
    11
    Labor Rights Week, Hispanic Radio Station Interview
    August 20, 2013
    Collaboration with the San Diego Mexican Consulate
    5,000+
    Training, outreach and booth
    August 26, 2013
    San Francisco Mexican Consulate
    250
    Training, outreach and booth
    August 26, 2013
    Los Angeles Mexican Consulate
    250
    Training, outreach and booth
    August 26, 2013
    San Bernardino Mexican Consulate
    50
    Training, outreach and booth
    August 26, 2013
    San Diego Mexican Consulate
    200
    Training, outreach and booth
    August 26, 2013
    Sacramento Mexican Consulate
    100
    Training, outreach and booth
    August 27, 2013
    San Bernardino Mexican Consulate
    100
    Labor Rights Week, Univision Spanish Network in San Francisco
    August 28, 2013
    Collaboration with the San Francisco Mexican Consulate
    5,000+
    Training, outreach and booth
    August 29, 2013
    Santa Ana Mexican Consulate
    100
    Three Training Programs, outreach and booth
    August 30, 2013
    San Francisco Mexican Consulate
    250
    TOTAL 11,321+
  5. Upcoming Milestones

    As part of the Alliance, OSHA Region IX intends to continue working with the California Mexican Consulates to identify and reach out to new vulnerable workers in high-hazard industries with an emphasis on warehouse, home care, temporary workers, and day laborers. Collaborative efforts with Cal/OSHA and the Mexican Consulates will continue in the agriculture and construction industries and will focus on heat stress and fall hazards.

    OSHA Region IX will continue collaborating with the Mexican Consulates on training and educational programs during outreach and community events including Labor Rights' Week and Worker Memorial Day. The Region also plans on working with the San Francisco Mexican Consulate to develop educational workshops for their staff that cover worker protection regulations including contact information for OSHA and other Federal Agencies. This program will help the San Francisco Mexican Consulate staff provide occupational safety and health, and worker protection information and materials to Spanish speaking workers in California.

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