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Region II's Buffalo Area Office Provides Outreach and Training to Thousands at Annual Hispanic Family Health and Safety Fair

Fair attendees participate in a safety awareness training sessions focusing on trenching and excavations.

Fair attendees participate in a safety awareness
training sessions focusing on trenching and excavations.

To protect the safety and health of Hispanic employees, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Region II Buffalo, New York, Area Office participated in the 12th Annual Hispanic Family Health and Safety Fair on June 21, 2008, in Buffalo, New York.

Fair attendees received "passports" listing three different safety awareness training tracks based on age groups: adult, young employees and children. For the adult track, attendees could choose from 21 safety awareness training sessions that focused on numerous topics, including electrical safety, trenching/excavations, and fall hazards. OSHA staff provided these sessions in Spanish to more than 700 people.

Safety awareness training sessions addressing safety and health topics in the landscaping and restaurant industries were offered as part of the young employee track. For children, the Buffalo firefighters staffed a fire safety education trailer and retired OSHA Compliance Assistance Specialist Mike Casler and staff from the Erie County Department of Health staffed the House of Hazards exhibit which helped raise awareness of household hazards such as chemicals. OSHA staff also maintained an exhibit booth, distributed copies of the Agency's Spanish-language safety and health outreach materials and answered questions.

"What a great day this was, with workers and their families enjoying themselves while receiving important information on identifying and preventing health and safety hazards both on the job and at home," said Arthur Dube, OSHA Region II Area Director, Buffalo, New York Area Office. "Our thanks go out to all who participated and made this year's fair such a success."

The Fair, which was sponsored by a number of organizations including the OSHA Region II Buffalo Area Office, the Urban Family Practice (UFP), and the Atlantic OSHA Training Center, also featured music and health and safety booths. UFP staff provided wellness screenings for diabetes, blood pressure, asthma, and cholesterol.

The Fair was open to the public and free; it attracted more than 2,500 people, an increase of 1,000 people from previous fairs. This was OSHA's first year participating in the Fair.

For more information about this event, contact Gordon Deleys, Region II Compliance Assistance Specialist, Buffalo, New York.

As of September 2008.

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