Step 2: OSHA Outreach Resources for Spanish-Speaking Employees
Spanish-Language Outreach Resources
- Employers may utilize the Spanish-Language Compliance Assistance Resources webpage 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 cooperative programs. Additionally, this site provides links to Spanish-language outreach brochures, 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 webpage that 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.
- 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 outreach materials.