Alliance -- An OSHA Cooperative Program<< Back to Region IX


The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), San Francisco Regional Office, the California Department of Industrial Relations, Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA), and the Consulate of Mexico in Calexico, the Consulate of Mexico in Fresno, the Consulate General of Mexico in Los Angeles, the Consulate of Mexico in Oxnard, the Consulate General of Mexico in Sacramento, the Consulate of Mexico in San Bernardino, the Consulate General of Mexico in San Diego, the Consulate General of Mexico in San Francisco, the Consulate General of Mexico in San Jose, the Consulate of Mexico in Santa Ana (the Consulates), hereinafter referred to collectively as "the Participants";

Recognizing the joint commitment to protect workers' rights for Mexican workers acknowledged in the Letter of Agreement between the Occupational Safety and Health Administration of the United States of America and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the United Mexican States, signed at Washington, D.C., on June 1, 2010; and

Recognizing that OSHA's Alliance Program provides for the establishment of cooperative relationships for purposes such as training and education, outreach and communication, and promoting a national dialogue on workplace safety and health;

Intend to form an Alliance to achieve the following: 

Overall Objective

The Participants intend to establish a collaborative relationship to provide Mexican nationals in California information, guidance, and access to education and training resources to promote workers' rights in protecting their occupational safety and health and to help them understand the rights of workers and the responsibilities of employers under the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act).

Training and Education

The Participants intend to work together to achieve the following training and education goals:

  • To develop training and education programs for Mexican workers and employers in California regarding workplace safety and health and to communicate such information to constituent workers and employers.
  • To develop training and education programs for Mexican workers and employers in California to promote understanding of workers' rights and responsibilities of employers under the OSH Act, including the use of the OSHA and Cal/OSHA complaint processes, and to communicate such information to employers and workers.

Outreach and Communication

The Participants intend to work together to achieve the following outreach and communication goals:

  • To develop information on the recognition and prevention of workplace hazards, and to develop ways of communicating such information (e.g., print and electronic media, electronic assistance tools, and links to OSHA's and Cal/OSHA's Web site from the Consulates' Web sites) to Mexican nationals in California and their employers.
  • To speak, exhibit, or appear at the Participants' conferences, local meetings, or other events.
  • To participate in "Mobile Consulate" activities and events.

Promotion of a National Dialogue

The Participants intend to work together to achieve the following goals related to promoting a national dialogue on workplace safety and health:

  • To raise awareness of and demonstrate commitment to workplace safety and health and workers' rights under the OSH Act whenever leaders from the Participants address groups.
  • To convene or participate in forums, roundtable discussions, or stakeholder meetings on issues affecting Mexican nationals working in California to help forge innovative solutions on issues concerning workplace safety and health understanding of workers' rights and responsibilities of employers under the OSH Act.

An implementation team made up of representatives of each Participant intends to meet to develop a plan of action, determine working procedures, and identify the roles and responsibilities of the Participants.  In addition, the Participants intend to meet at least three times per year to track and share information on activities and results in achieving the goals of the Alliance.

This Arrangement is intended to cease two (2) years from the date of signing. A Participant should endeavor to provide 30 days advance written notice of its intent to discontinue its participation in this Arrangement. This Arrangement may be modified in writing at any time by mutual consent of the Participants.

Signed at Los Angeles, California, in duplicate, this 27 day of August  2012, in the English and Spanish languages.

For the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration, San Francisco Regional Office:




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Ken Nishiyama Atha
Regional Administrator

For the Consulate of Mexico in Calexico:



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Gina Andrea Cruz Blackledge
Consul

For the Consulate General of Mexico in Los Angeles:



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David Figueroa Ortega
Consul General

For the Consulate General of Mexico in Sacramento:



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Carlos González Gutiérrez
Consul General

For the California Department of Industrial Relations, Division of Occupational Safety and Health:




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Ellen Widess
Chief

For the Consulate of Mexico in Fresno:



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Reyna Torres Mendivil
Consul

For the Consulate of Mexico in Oxnard:



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Rogelio A. Flores Mejia
Consul

For the Consulate of Mexico in San Bernardino:



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Carolina Zaragoza Flores
Consul

For the Consulate General of Mexico in San Diego:



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Remedios Gómez Arnau
Consul General

For the Consulate General of Mexico in San Jose:



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Carlos Ponce Martínez
Consul General

For the Consulate General of Mexico in San Francisco:



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Carlos Felix
Consul General

For the Consulate of Mexico in Santa Ana:



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Alejandra García Williams
Consul