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OSHA News Release – Region 4
U.S. Department of Labor
Region 4 News Release
Release Number: 04-2481-ATL (285)
Date: Monday, Dec. 13, 2004
Contact: Bill Grimes Dan Fuqua
Phone: (770) 493-6644 (404) 562-2076
ATLANTA -- Preventing injuries and illnesses among the Hispanic workforce is the goal of a new alliance forged here by U.S., Mexican and Georgia Tech officials.
Alliance documents were signed Dec. 7, by Cindy Coe Laseter, regional administrator in Atlanta for the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA); Remedios Gomez-Arnau, consul general of Mexico in Atlanta, and Daniel J. Ortiz, director of the occupational safety and health program for Georgia Tech Research Institute's Safety, Health and Environmental Technology Division.
The alliance will develop and distribute safety and health materials in Spanish and English, and work with community-based organizations to disseminate safety information to Mexican workers. It will also publicize the availability of an OSHA toll-free number and a Consulate phone number that Mexican workers can call for assistance in recognizing, reducing and reporting workplace safety and health hazards.
A Construction Hazard Awareness Training (CHAT) program will concentrate on reducing safety and health hazards in an industry that traditionally employs Mexican workers.
"This alliance fosters Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao's and Mexican Secretary of Foreign Affairs Luis Ernesto Derbez's commitment to improve the health and safety of workers," said Coe Laseter.
Gomez-Arnau added: "The agreement demonstrates the alliance's commitment to effectively reduce the fatality and injury rate of Hispanic workers throughout the southeast."
On July 21, 2004, the United Mexican States, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and OSHA signed a joint declaration and letter of agreement in Washington, D.C., to promote safety and health protection for Mexican workers in the United States. For more information, visit www.osha.gov or contact the OSHA regional office, 61 Forsyth St., SW, Room 6T50, Atlanta, Ga., phone: (404) 562-2300.
OSHA has created more than 230 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.
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