Monday, November 13, 2006
Contact: Ted Fitzgerald
Phone: (617) 565-2074
U.S. Labor Department's OSHA Teaming Up with Labor Studies Institute & RICOSH
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Helping Rhode Island's immigrant workers protect themselves against common workplace hazards is the goal of a new alliance among the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the Institute for Labor Studies and Research and the Rhode Island Committee for Occupational Safety and Health (RICOSH).
"Every employee has the right to a safe and healthful workplace," said Patrick Griffin, OSHA's area director for Rhode Island. "Working with the Institute and RICOSH, we seek to equip both young and adult workers with knowledge of their workplace rights and training to help them identify and eliminate on-the-job hazards."
Under the alliance, OSHA, the Institute and RICOSH will develop and present training and education programs for adult and teenage immigrant workers about occupational safety and health rights and common workplace hazards. Informational sessions will cover hazards in industries in which immigrant workers are commonly employed, including health care, manufacturing and hospitality.
Alliance partners will also distribute literature and provide educational programs for employers associated with the immigrant community, participate in events and other outreach activities with the immigrant community and promote and encourage employers' participation in OSHA's cooperative programs.
The alliance was signed Sept. 25 in Providence by OSHA's Griffin; Carolina Bernal, program director for immigrant workers' rights with the Institute for Labor Studies and Research; and James Celenza, director of RICOSH.
OSHA health and safety alliances are part of U.S. Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao's ongoing efforts to improve the health and safety of workers through cooperative partnerships. For information about this and other alliances in Rhode Island, call OSHA's Providence area office at (401) 528-4669.
Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act, employers are responsible for providing a safe and healthful workplace for their employees. OSHA's role is to assure the safety and health of America's working men and women by setting and enforcing standards; providing training, outreach and education; establishing partnerships; and encouraging continual process improvement in workplace safety and health. For more information, visit www.osha.gov.
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