Region 3 News Release
Release Number: 06-377-NEW (osha 06-016)
Date: March 2, 2006
Contact: Leni Uddyback-Fortson
Phone: (215) 861-5102
New OSHA Alliance Aims to Improve Safety and Health for Hispanics
PARSIPPANY, N.J. -- The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) of the U.S. Department of Labor has joined Saint John's Episcopal Church in an effort to reduce the number of Hispanic workers, including day laborers, exposed to falls, amputations, electrical and struck-by/crushed-in hazards in the general and construction industries in the Dover, N.J., area.
Through the alliance, formally launched at a recent signing ceremony, OSHA and Saint John's will work together to provide safety and health expertise, training and education programs for workers with limited English skills. Included in the safety training will be ways to avoid falls, amputations, electrical and other hazardous injuries. OSHA's 10-hour construction and general-industry courses may also be available in Spanish.
"We see this alliance as an opportunity to reach out and provide life-saving information to members of the Hispanic community, and look forward to working with Saint John's on this vital effort," says Phil Peist, director of the OSHA's Parsippany office.
Among other things, OSHA and Saint John's will encourage bilingual individuals to take the OSHA Train-the-Trainer course; work with the Hispanic community in New Jersey through the church; and raise others' awareness of their commitment to workplace safety and health whenever Saint John's Episcopal Church leaders address groups.
Representatives of both organizations will meet at least three times a year to track and share information on activities and results in achieving the goals of the alliance.
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 with employers, trade associations and labor. OSHA has created more than 400 alliances with organizations committed to fostering safety and health in the workplace. For more information, contact the Parsippany OSHA office, 299 Cherry Hill Road-Suite 304, Parsippany, N.J.; phone: (973) 263-1003.
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