US Department of Labor's OSHA forms alliance in Seattle with consulate
general of El Salvador to promote workers' rights
SEATTLE – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration today forged an alliance in Seattle with the consulate general of El Salvador to promote workplace safety and health standards among Salvadoran nationals and other Spanish-speaking workers living in Washington. The alliance was formalized at the El Salvadoran Consulate.
OSHA and the consulate will provide workers with guidance and access to education and training resources in Spanish about their rights in the workplace and the responsibilities of employers under the Occupational Safety and Health Act, including the OSHA complaint process. Alliance members will promote safety and health during speaking engagements and with appearances at each other's outreach events, including mobile consulate activities.
"It's an employee's right to work in a safe and healthy environment. OSHA's commitment is to make that right known," said David Mahlum, OSHA's acting regional administrator in Seattle. "By combining resources through alliances, we can help ensure more workers from all backgrounds become better informed about their labor rights under the law."
Through its Alliance Program, OSHA works with unions, consulates, trade and professional organizations, faith- and community-based organizations, businesses and educational institutions to prevent workplace fatalities, injuries and illnesses. The purpose of each alliance is to develop compliance assistance tools and resources and to educate workers and employers about their rights and responsibilities. Alliance Program participants do not receive exemptions from OSHA programmed inspections. For more information, visit http://www.osha.gov/dcsp/alliances/index.html.
Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA's role is to ensure these conditions for America's working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance. For more information, visit http://www.osha.gov
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