Region 2 News Release: 06-871-NEW/BOS 2006-143
Friday, May 26, 2006
Contact: Ted Fitzgerald
Phone: (617) 565-2074
OSHA and Hispanic Resource Center Renew Safety Alliance
MAMARONECK, N.Y. -- The U.S. Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Hispanic Resource Center of Larchmont-Mamaroneck have renewed their alliance to enhance safety and health awareness among Hispanic workers in Westchester County.
Begun in April 2004, the alliance seeks to reduce and prevent common construction and general industry hazards by providing information, guidance and training to workers, particularly non-English or limited English-speaking employees. The Hispanic Resource Center (HRC), a community-based organization, serves Larchmont and Mamaroneck, N.Y. and the greater Westchester County area.
"The results of our alliance have been encouraging," said Patricia K. Clark, OSHA's regional administrator. "In its first two years, over 2,000 Hispanic workers received information and training through the alliance, while OSHA's 10 hour construction safety course was presented in Spanish to 65 workers."
"These workers have been equipped with the most valuable tool of all, knowledge," said Diana Cortez, OSHA's regional Hispanic coordinator and Tarrytown area director. "They can take this vital information back to their workplaces and use it to identify and eliminate hazards before they hurt workers."
Under the renewed alliance, OSHA and HRC will continue to work with the area's Hispanic community, faith-based and community organizations by encouraging bilingual individuals to take OSHA's Train-the-Trainer courses so they can qualify to present OSHA's 10-hour general industry and construction safety courses in Spanish, and promote participation by HRC members in OSHA's cooperative programs.
The renewal was signed May 12 in Mamaroneck by Clark and Cortez of OSHA and Mariana Boneo and John Gitlitz, co-presidents, Hispanic Resource Center. More information about this and other Hispanic alliances in New York may be obtained by calling Diana Cortez at (914) 524-7510.
OSHA alliances are part of U.S. Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao's efforts to improve health and safety for workers through cooperative partnerships with employers, trade associations, government and labor. To date, OSHA has created more than 400 alliances with organizations committed to fostering safety and health in the workplace.
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 workers by setting and enforcing standards; providing training, outreach and education; establishing partnerships; and encouraging continual improvement in workplace safety and health. For more information, visit www.osha.gov.
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