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OSHA Region VI held the first in a series of stakeholder meetings with local labor organizations in Dallas, Texas on February 8, 2011. The purpose of the meeting was to give the labor groups an opportunity to discuss workplace safety and health programs and issues with local OSHA staff.

Staff from OSHA's Regional Office in Dallas, Texas and OSHA's Dallas and Forth Worth, Texas Area Offices met with representatives from approximately 30 local labor organizations. Representatives from the following members of the Dallas Building and Construction Trades Council attended the meeting:

  • Bricklayers & Allied Craftworkers Local 5
  • Operative Plasterers and Cement Masons Local 783
  • Elevator Constructors Local Union No. 21
  • Glaziers Local No. 1778
  • Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers Local Union No. 21
  • International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local Union No. 20
  • Boilermakers Lone Star District, Iron Workers Local Union No. 263
  • Laborers Local Union No. 154
  • Operating Engineers Local Union No. 178
  • Painters and Allied Trades Local No. 53
  • Plumbers and Steamfitters Local Union No. 100
  • Road Sprinkler Fitters Local Union No. 669
  • Sheet Metal Workers Local Union No. 68.

OSHA staff shared information about the operations plans for the Regional Office and Dallas and Forth Worth Area Offices, the Susan Harwood Training Grants Program, and also held a question and answer session. OSHA gave each organization informational packets with OSHA contact information and OSHA publications, including All About OSHA, Employer Rights and Responsibilities Following an OSHA Inspection, Employee Workplace Rights, Worker Rights Business Cards, and Worker Rights Magnets.

OSHA staff reported that the meeting was well received. According to OSHA staff, the labor representatives appreciated the opportunity to share information and ask questions and get answers on the spot. A number of labor representatives said that they would like to continue these meetings on a regular basis. OSHA Region VI and the labor groups agreed to meet quarterly to share worker safety and health issues and ideas. In addition, OSHA Region VI plans to host more stakeholder meetings with other labor groups throughout the Region.

For more information, please contact Dean Wingo, the Assistant Regional Administrator for Cooperative and State Programs in OSHA Region VI.

As of June 2011