Step 2: OSHA Outreach Resources for Spanish-Speaking Employees
Spanish-Language Outreach Resources
- Employers may utilize the
Spanish-Language Compliance Assistance Resources
where they can access
OSHA Spanish-language compliance assistance resources to help employers
prevent occupational injuries and illnesses of Hispanic
workers, comply with the
Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970,
and learn about OSHA's
Additionally, this site provides links to Spanish-language outreach
eTools, websites and other information available from OSHA,
its regional/area offices, state programs, consultation projects, Federal
agencies and other organizations
- OSHA en Español is the agency’s Spanish-language
provides workplace safety and health information to Spanish-speaking
employers, America's largest group of minority business owners, and
employees. The page provides an overview of OSHA and its mission, worker
and employer rights and responsibilities, a list of resources for
employers and workers, and highlights from the agency's extensive website.
It tells how to file complaints electronically in Spanish and offers
one-stop service for Spanish-speaking employers and employees.
- OSHA has translated several of is Web pages and tools into Spanish, including:
- Construction: Preventing Fatalities eTool (eTool de Construcción - La Prevención De Fatalidades)
- Ergonomics: Sewing and Related Procedures eTool (La Costura y Procedimientos Relacionados: Ergonomía)
- On-site Consultation Program (El programa de consultación en sitio)
- Workers Page (Trabajadores)
For more information, see Web Pages in Spanish.
- OSHA maintains a library of Spanish-language publications, fact sheets and
posters available for dissemination to Hispanic workers.
- Alliance Program. Organizations can work cooperatively with OSHA through its many
cooperative programs including OSHA’s Alliance Program.
Further, there are numerous national and regional/area office Alliances
that have a
Hispanic outreach component. Please be sure to contact the
OSHA national office
Regional Alliance Program Coordinator for additional Alliance Program information.
- Consultation Program. OSHA offers employers, particularly small businesses, free on-site
safety and health services through its
Consultation Program. Employers can
find out about potential hazards at their worksites, improve their
occupational safety and health management systems, and even qualify for a
one-year exemption from routine OSHA inspections.
The Consultation Programs received FY 2002 funding to translate compliance
assistance materials into Spanish. Sample results include the Texas
Workers Compensation Commission’s Safety and Health Library that lists
numerous Spanish-language safety and health fact sheets including hazard
communication, heat stress and machine guarding.
- OSHA collects Hispanic worker related success
stories, where employers have implemented Hispanic worker outreach, education and training programs or
utilized best practices and have reported successful results.
- OSHA 800 Number. Callers to OSHA’s 1-800 number (1-800-321-OSHA) may now access a
Spanish-language option to further assist Spanish-speaking employers and
workers in need of additional safety and health information.
- OSHA E-correspondence. Visitors to OSHA’s Web site can submit questions about general safety and health topics online in English and Spanish.
- Public Service Announcement. Worker Safety Audio PSA by Secretary Solis
- Showcase Articles. OSHA’s Regional Showcase Articles highlight some of the compliance
assistance and outreach initiatives taken by OSHA’s regional and area
offices. The stories generally focus on initiatives that fall outside the
scope of OSHA’s formal cooperative programs.
- Regional Diverse Workforce/Limited English Proficiency (LEP) Coordinators. The OSHA regional/area offices are available to assist employers and Hispanic workers in outreach, education, and training. Further, OSHA has designated regional
Diverse Workforce/LEP Coordinators to assist employers with outreach, education and training to their Spanish-speaking workforce. Please contact your regional coordinator for additional information.
- State Programs.
Section 18 of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970
encourages states to develop and operate their own job safety and health
programs. OSHA approves and monitors
state programs and
provides up to 50 percent of an approved plan's operating costs. In
addition, many State Programs have developed additional Spanish-language