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Region 9 News Release: 12-757-SAN (SF-82)
April 27, 2012
Contact: Deanne Amaden Jose A. Carnevali
Phone: 415-625-2630 415-625-2631


US Labor Department's OSHA forms alliance with Mexican
Consulate in Arizona to promote workers' safety and health
April 27 signing ceremony marks shared commitment to critical protections

PHOENIX – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration today signed an alliance with the Consulate General of Mexico in Arizona to establish a collaborative relationship that aims to keep workers safe and healthy on the job. The goal of the alliance is to increase access to education and training resources that promote workers' rights and employers' responsibilities.

"This alliance reflects the steady commitment that is needed to strengthen collaborative approaches among all stakeholders toward promoting workers' safety and health," said Ken Nishiyama Atha, OSHA's regional administrator in San Francisco. "We are delighted that by joining forces we will help save lives, prevent injuries and raise awareness within the Latino community in Arizona."

Alliance participants will develop training and education programs for Mexican nationals employed throughout Arizona in general industry and construction. Some of the safety and health issues that will be covered include unguarded or inadequately guarded machinery, the unexpected energizing of machinery during maintenance, heat stress, exposure to hazardous chemicals and falls from elevated work surfaces.

The signing ceremony was held at the Consulate of Mexico located in Douglas, Ariz. The alliance was signed by Zachary Barnett, director of OSHA's Phoenix Area Office, and Victor Manuel Trevino Escudero, consul general of Mexico, who also is based in Phoenix.

Through the 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 educate workers and employers about their rights and responsibilities. Alliance Program participants do not receive exemptions from OSHA programmed inspections. For more information, visit

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

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