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|Hispanic Safety & Health Summit
U.S. Department of Labor
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
|Cumbre Sobre Salud y Seguridad para los Hispanos
Departmento del Trabajo de los EE. UU.
Administración de Seguridad y Salud Ocupacional
Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor and the Occupational Safety & Health Administration In conjunction with the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the Hispanic Alliance for progress
The DOL-OSHA Hispanic Safety and Health Summit on July 22, 2004, in Orlando, was an outstanding success with more than 500 people attending to learn about best practices for safety and health and ways to bridge cultural and language barriers. Hosted by the U.S. Department of Labor and OSHA in conjunction with the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the Hispanic Alliance for Progress, the summit drew representatives from 35 states and abroad from government, community and faith-based organizations, non-profits, unions, industry and others to address safe environments for Hispanic workers with a particular focus on construction, agriculture, hospitality, health care, landscaping and maritime.
The U.S. workforce includes 17.5 million Hispanics. Although fatalities declined for Hispanic workers for the first time in seven years in 2002, Hispanics still experience a slightly disproportionate share of work-related deaths as well as injuries and illnesses. Keynote speaker Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao stressed "the commitment of this Administration and the Department of Labor to protecting the health and safety of our nation's diverse Hispanic workforce."
Assistant Secretary Henshaw's summit remarks:
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