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On July 21, 2012, a representative from OSHA’s Buffalo, New York Area Office provided outreach in support of OSHA’s Heat Illness Prevention and Fall Prevention in Construction Campaigns at the 43rd annual Puerto Rican Festival in Rochester, New York.  Approximately 25,000 people attended the festival, which featured musical performances, celebrity guests, and other activities to celebrate Puerto Rican culture.

Wilson Soto, a bilingual representative from OSHA’s Buffalo Area Office, provided an OSHA exhibit table at the event and answered questions in English and Spanish.  Many individuals stopped by the OSHA table looking for information on OSHA and worker rights.  Mr. Soto provided a number of OSHA handouts in English and Spanish, including materials on preventing heat illnesses in outdoor workers.  Many individuals also asked about OSHA’s construction standards and fall protection.  Mr. Soto answered these questions and handed out materials developed by OSHA to support its Fall Prevention in Construction campaign.

OSHA was able to gets its safety message to many people as a result of its participation in this festival.  In addition, representatives from several organizations attending the festival asked Mr. Soto to conduct additional outreach sessions for them.

Attendees visiting the OSHA exhibit table at the  Puerto Rican Festival in Rochester, New York. Attendees visiting the OSHA exhibit table at the Puerto Rican Festival in Rochester, New York.

As of August 2012