Following the National Action Summit for Latino Worker Health and Safety in 2010, OSHA has implemented a robust outreach strategy to collaborate with community- and faith-based organizations, unions, employers, and many other nonprofit organizations at the local, regional, and national levels. Since the summit, we have reached out to hundreds of organizations, conducted numerous educational programs and summits, and provided extensive compliance assistance to vulnerable worker populations. The goal of this outreach is to enhance workers' knowledge of their workplace rights and improve their ability to exercise those rights. Click on the map below or scroll down to see just a few examples of the many events that are coming up or have previously taken place around the country. For information on other events in your area, contact your OSHA Diverse Workforce/Limited English Proficiency Coordinator or OSHA Compliance Assistance Specialist.
- Secretary of Labor Solis and Ambassadors from Ecuador, Honduras, Peru, and the Philippines Sign Agreements Protecting Migrant Workers' Rights
Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis signed declarations and letters of agreement on June 11, 2012 in Washington, D.C. with the ambassadors from Ecuador, Honduras, Peru, and the Philippines to protect the labor rights of migrant workers from those countries who are employed in the United States. Under the agreements, the embassies and consulates of these four countries will cooperate with the regional offices of OSHA and the Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division to distribute information about U.S. health, safety, and wage laws. The Department of Labor previously signed agreements with Mexico, Nicaragua, Guatemala, El Salvador, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, and India to benefit migrant workers. See the news release in English or Spanish for more information.
- New OSHA Alliance on Safety and Health for Workers in Restaurant Industry
OSHA and the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United (ROC-United) signed an Alliance on October 20, 2011. Through the Alliance, OSHA and ROC-United will provide ROC-United affiliates and others with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them 1) protect the health and safety of workers, particularly by reducing and preventing exposure to ergonomic; slip, trip and fall; and cut and burn hazards, and addressing issues related to small businesses and youth workers, and 2) understand the rights of workers and the responsibilities of employers under the Occupational Safety and Health Act.
- Solis and Ambassadors of Central American Countries Sign Declarations Protecting Migrant Workers' Rights
Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis signed declarations on August 29, 2011 in Washington, D.C. with the ambassadors of Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, and El Salvador to protect the labor rights of migrant workers from those countries who are employed in the United States. Also attending the ceremony were the ambassadors of Mexico, Nicaragua and Guatemala, who previously signed agreements with the Labor Department. The event was held on the first day of Labor Rights Week, during which the Labor Department and a network of 50 Mexican consulates across the country work together to educate migrant workers and their employers. Under the declarations, the embassies and consulates of the Dominican Republic, Costa Rica and El Salvador will cooperate with the regional offices of OSHA and DOL's Wage and Hour Division to distribute information about U.S. health, safety and wage laws. In conjunction with the declarations, OSHA Assistant Secretary Dr. David Michaels signed letters of agreement declaring that OSHA will continue efforts to improve workplace safety and health conditions as well as provide outreach and assistance to Spanish-speaking workers and employers. See the news release in English or Spanish for more information.
Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis applauds the participation of Ambassador Muni Figueres of Costa Rica during an Aug. 29 signing ceremony that also included ambassadors from the Dominican Republic and El Salvador.
- OSHA and the National Council of La Raza form Alliance to protect vulnerable workers
OSHA and the National Council of La Raza signed an alliance May 20, 2011, that will provide information, guidance and access to health and safety training resources to reach low-wage, limited basic education, and other vulnerable worker populations in the construction, healthcare, service and green industries. OSHA and NCLR will use the Alliance to connect with vulnerable and hard-to-reach workers through NCLR's affiliates. Through the Alliance Program, OSHA works with groups committed to worker safety and health to prevent workplace injuries, illnesses and deaths. For more information, see the press release here: and in Spanish here:
National Council of La Raza and OSHA Alliance signing
- OSHA Listens Series in New England
Region I has hosted a series of "OSHA Listens" events, convening local workers, union members, community organizations and other stakeholders to discuss a range of topics, ranging from OSHA rights, Whistleblower issues, and how to file a complaint to specific hazards. Meetings took place on June 8, 2010 in New Hampshire, in Connecticut on Jul 19th, 2010, in Augusta Maine on September 20th, 2010, in New Bedford, Massachusetts on Nov 4th 2010, in Dorchester, Massachusetts on Nov 10th, 2010, and Providence, Rhode Island on Nov 22nd, 2010.
- Worker Rights Forum for Asian Workers in New Jersey
On Feb. 28, 2012, OSHA Region II and the Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division co-hosted a free forum in Palisades Park, New Jersey for Asian workers in and around northern New Jersey. An OSHA representative delivered a Korean-language presentation to workers on their right to a safe and healthy workplace, which was recorded by several media outlets for broad distribution. Representatives fluent in Chinese, Hindi, and Tagalog were also available on site to answer questions, give interviews, and provide multilingual materials and information for workers in various industries.
OSHA and the Wage and Hour Division staff at the Worker Rights Forum for Asian Workers in New Jersey.
- OSHA held New York Asian American/Pacific Islander (AAPI) Worker Protection Summit in Flushing, Queens
OSHA and the Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division hosted the New York Asian American/Pacific Islander (AAPI) Worker Protection Summit on July 9, 2011, at the Flushing Town Hall in Queens, NY. The Summit was co-sponsored by community service and advocacy organizations, membership-based organizations and labor unions representing Asian American and Pacific Islander workers. This was a unique opportunity to build bridges between government agencies and workers in the community and to discuss workplace safety and health issues, workplace wage and hour issues, worker rights and how to voice concerns when those rights are violated. The Summit ran from 9am to 2pm, with simultaneous translation provided in Chinese and Korean to facilitate communication. To address the particular needs of the area's AAPI workforce, the Summit focused on a number of industries, including manufacturing, restaurant, nail salons, domestic workers and construction. See the flyer in English [PDF* 100 KB] Chinese [PDF* 239 KB] and Korean [PDF* 192 KB] for more information.
- Buffalo Community Health Fair
On Saturday June 25th, 2011, OSHA participated in an annual Health Fair in Buffalo New York, organized by the local community and partner Community Based Organizations. OSHA staffed a tent, conducted health and safety training and handed out free literature, as well as conducted presentations on heat stress and using your rights under OSHA. This was a vibrant community event that drew thousands of local residents. See the flyer for more information. [PDF* 376 KB]
- Southern New Jersey Action Summit for Latino and Immigrant workers
On June 5, 2011, OSHA and Wage & Hour hosted the Southern New Jersey Action Summit for Latino and Immigrant workers. The summit brought together workers and representatives from faith based and community organizations, worker organizations, consulates, and government officials to discuss workplace safety and health issues; workplace wage and hour issues; worker rights; and how to voice concerns when those rights are violated. Current strategies and collaborative efforts to reach the Latino worker population were also be shared. The summit focused in particular on migrant and farmworker related issues, given the nature of the Latino workforce in this area. Information related to other industries, such as construction, landscaping, and restaurant were also be provided.
- First Northern New Jersey Action Summit for Latino Immigrant Workers
Some 100 people attended the first Northern New Jersey Action Summit for Latino Immigrant Workers held Monday, July 26, 2010, at the Morris County Library, where advocates stressed the need for workers to report unsafe workplace conditions to inspectors. Reported in Daily Record, Morris County, NJ, July 27, 2010.
- OSHA participates in New York State Assembly "Workplace Safety Workshop" at annual Black and Puerto Rican Legislators Caucus conference weekend
On Saturday, Feb. 19, 2011, federal OSHA staff participated in a workshop to address workplace safety issues facing Black and Latino workers in New York. The event took place at the New York State Association of Black and Puerto Rican Legislators annual legislative conference.
- OSHA hosts New York City Latino/immigrant worker safety and health summit
OSHA and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health co-sponsored the New York City Action Summit for Latino/Immigrant Worker Safety and Health Nov. 16, 2010, at Lehman College, Bronx, N.Y. The summit brought together workers, labor groups, community organizations, consulates, educators, government officials, safety and health professionals, employers and other partners to share the most effective strategies for reaching Latino workers and informing them of their right to a safe and healthful workplace. Approximately 400 people attended the event. All OSHA regions have been hosting follow-up summits and educational conferences to provide vulnerable worker populations with education, training and assistance. View photos.
- OSHA Reaches Out to Hispanic Workers at Binational Health Week
Representatives from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration participated in the 12th Annual Binational Health Week event on October 1, 2012 sponsored by the Mexican Consulate in Philadelphia. During the event, OSHA Area Director Albert D'Imperio spoke to more than 60 workers about OSHA's commitment to lowering the fatality rate for the Hispanic community and ensuring the health and safety of all workers. OSHA Compliance Assistance Specialist Isabel DeOliveira answered questions and distributed information on employee right
OSHA Area Director Albert D'Imperio and OSHA Compliance Assistance Specialist Isabel DeOliveira work a resource table at the Binational Health Week event.
- OSHA Hispanic Safety Summit in Seaford, Delaware
OSHA's Region 3 hosted an OSHA Hispanic Safety Summit in Seaford, Delaware on Sunday, June 10, 2012 [News Release and Slide Show]. More than 100 workers attended this free event, including workers from the construction, poultry processing, agriculture, and landscaping industries. The summit featured a session on worker rights with a demonstration by OSHA staff and a session on preventing heat illnesses. There were also breakout sessions for poultry, landscaping, and construction workers that were provided in Spanish and included practical demonstrations. OSHA worked with a variety of groups on this summit, including the Delmarva Safety Association, the Philadelphia Area Project on Occupational Safety and Health (Philaposh), the Mexican Consulate in Philadelphia, the American Mushroom Institute, West Virginia University, and the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division and Women’s Bureau. See the flyer in English and Spanish [PDF* 126KB].
- Greater Philadelphia Area Action Summit for Latino/Immigrant Construction Worker Health and Safety
OSHA's Region 3 hosted a Greater Philadelphia Summit for Latino/Immigrant Worker Construction Safety and Health on Friday April 15, 2011, at the Cardinal Bevilacqua Community Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. This Summit brought together over 115 participants, including workers, community organizations, faith based groups, and government officials. Worker rights and employer responsibilities were discussed, with a particular focus on the construction industry and vulnerable worker populations. Attendees participated in workplace safety and health workshops, saw demonstrations, and received guidance on recognizing and eliminating scaffolding and fall hazards in construction. Free OSHA publications and Wage and Hour information were made available. Click here to see the flyer in English [PDF* 120KB] and Spanish [PDF* 120KB].
Photo of the Greater Philadelphia Area Action Summit for Latino/Immigrant Construction Worker Health and Safety
- Construction Safety and Health Fair for Construction Workers in Duluth, Georgia
On July 28, 2013, OSHA and the Georgia Hispanic Construction Association (GHCA) sponsored a construction safety and health fair for construction workers and their families at the Santa Fe Mall in Duluth, Georgia. OSHA staff distributed Spanish-language publications and answered questions about occupational safety and health issues. The fair also featured a variety of free construction-related workshops, classes, and discussions covering residential construction, ladder usage, landscaping, heat illnesses, personal protective equipment, and the hazards of dealing with lead and asbestos. There were also exhibitors and vendors on-site conducting tool and equipment safety demonstrations.
- Hispanic Outreach Conference in Ft. Lauderdale
On July 23, 2010, OSHA, Wage & Hour and EBSA co-hosted a Department of Labor Hispanic Outreach Conference in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. The event featured workshops and a roundtable discussion with workers and community organizations. Since then, OSHA's Region IV has participated in a number of local fairs and activities, including the Bicentennial Mexican Independence Day Celebration at the Orlando Mexican Consulate in September 2010, and the Inter-American Community Action, Inc., (ICA) Hispanic Health Fair on March 26 2011, in Lake Worth, Florida.
- OSHA Region V Participates in the Arise Chicago Worker Health and Safety Public Forum
OSHA Region V reached out to Latino and other vulnerable workers at the Worker Health and Safety Public Forum sponsored by the Arise Chicago Worker Center at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) on March 9, 2011. See a photo here and read more in our regional showcase.
- OSHA Region V Reaches Out to Latino Workers at National Council of La Raza Conference
- Latino Summit Follow-Up in Region VI
OSHA's Region VI held a Houston Latino Safety Fair following the National Action Summit and has actively participated in a range of events since then. Some few examples include participation at the Grace Community Services community expo in July 2010, with approximately 600 attendees; that same month, a Compliance Assistance Specialist met with the Hispanic Division of the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce, providing them with OSHA resources for Latino employers. In September 2010, a presentation on employee rights was given to 450 attendees at the Mexican consulate.
- Omaha Area Office Open House
The Omaha area office held an Open house on July 16th, 2011, including 50 representatives from local labor organizations, colleges, safety and health organizations and Voluntary Protection Program facilities. Region VII has also leveraged a number of radio opportunities to reach out to Latino workers, including participating in a program on July 11, 2010 on La Gran D radio station, in Kansas City, and the "Vida" radio program on 1480 AM KCZZ Spanish Radio in Mission KS on September 2nd. In addition they have partnered with 2010KS Radio Lobo (KBBX), a Spanish-language radio station serving metro Omaha, to periodically running Publis Service Announcements to an estimated audience of 50,000.
- OSHA Participates in Worker Protection Event in Denver
On February 24th 2011, OSHA's Region 8 participated along with Wage and Hour Division in a conference with 50 participants representing unions, interfaith groups, community based organizations, and the Mexican consulate, among others. Issues discussed included OSHA's mission, emphasis programs, and inspection process, as well as worker rights, whistleblower protection, how to file complaints, and employer responsibilities.
- Latino Worker Outreach Conferences and Workshops
OSHA's Region IX held conferences and workshops on April 14, 2012 (Las Vegas, Nevada), April 22, 2012 (Phoenix, Arizona), and April 30, 2012 (San Francisco, California area). The events focused on hard-to-reach workers, including day laborers, migrant workers, and non-English-speaking workers. Topics included heat stress, the focus four construction hazards, and worker rights. Region IX worked with a variety of organizations to put on these events, including Mexican and other Latin American Consulates, California's Department of Industrial Relations, the Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor, local colleges, community and faith-based organizations, and labor groups. For more information on the Las Vegas event, see the flyer in English and Spanish [PDF* 842 KB].
- Workers' Memorial Day – Action Summit on Worker Health and Safety
OSHA and Cal-OSHA hosted an Action Summit on Worker Health and Safety on April 26, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. Region IX worked with the University of California at Los Angeles – Labor Occupational Safety and Health Program (UCLA-LOSH) and other local groups on the event, which was part of a series of events in support of Workers' Memorial Day. Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis spoke at this event. For more information, see the flyer. [PDF* - 134 MB]
- Asian American and Pacific Islander Worker Protection Summit
On Tuesday, May 10th, 2011, OSHA's Region IX, California's Department of Industrial Relations, and the Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor, held an Asian American and Pacific Islander Worker Protection Summit in San Francisco. The event featured free presentations, information booths, materials and assistance covering workplace safety and wage rights. Over one hundred participants, representing community groups, workers, employers, non-profit organizations, and faith based organizations came together to discuss worker protection issues and how to enhance workers' ability to use their rights. Click here to see the flyer [PDF* 1.31MB].
- OSHA hosts regional Latino outreach and education conference on safety, health and workers' rights
On Feb. 1, 2011, OSHA hosted a regional Latino workforce outreach and education conference in Oakland, California, in cooperation with California OSHA. The one-day event provided materials, products and assistance from experts on employee rights and employer responsibilities, and featured information booths and health and safety workshops. Event photos - [En Español]
- Region X Consular Alliance and Interagency Work Group
Region X Consular Alliance and Interagency Work Group Region X is comprised primarily of State Plan States: Oregon, Washington, Alaska, and one federal jurisdiction state, Idaho. In June 2010, Region X finalized an alliance agreement with the Mexican Consulate in Boise, Idaho, and the OSHA Boise Area Office and the Idaho Department of Labor began conducting one-hour presentations through the Mexican consulate in Boise, covering worker rights and how to file complaints. That same month, an interagency work group comprised of representatives of OSHA, Washington Department of Labor and Industries Division of Occupational Safety and Health and Oregon-OSHA was formed. Objectives of the group include improving Latino worker safety and health in the Pacific Northwest through stakeholder partnerships; forming relationships to facilitate the distribution of government-sponsored outreach material; and promoting safe practices to the Latino worker population by facilitating access to and communication with government representatives.
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