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Region 2 News Release:    05-2009-NEW/BOS 2005-318
Tuesday, November 8, 2005
Contact: Ted Fitzgerald
Phone: (617) 565-2074


OSHA Joins with Mexican Consulate to Enhance Safety and Health for Mexican Workers in New York and New Jersey

NEW YORK -- Improving occupational safety and health for Mexican workers in New York and New Jersey is the goal of a newly-signed alliance between the U.S. Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Consulate General of Mexico in New York City.

OSHA and the consulate will jointly develop and provide training and education programs to non-English or limited-English speaking employees and employers. The training, to be delivered in Spanish, will focus on reducing workers' exposure to fall, electrical, amputation and other hazards. It will include delivery in Spanish of OSHA's 10- and 30-hour general and construction industry courses.

"OSHA and the consulate, along with other faith-based and community organizations, will work with the local Mexican community in New York and New Jersey to enhance safety and health awareness," said OSHA Regional Administrator Patricia K. Clark.

The alliance will encourage bi-lingual individuals to take OSHA's Train-the-Trainer courses so they can qualify to teach the OSHA 10- and 30-hour courses in Spanish. In addition, the consulate's constituency will be encouraged to develop relationships with OSHA offices regarding safety and health issues and to participate in OSHA's cooperative programs.

"It's critical that we provide workers in the Mexican community with the knowledge to identify occupational hazards and protect themselves against workplace injuries and illnesses," said OSHA Regional Hispanic Coordinator Diana Cortez.

The alliance was signed Oct. 12 at the Mexican Consulate in New York City. Signatories were Clark; Cortez; Arturo Sarukhan Casamitjana, consul general of Mexico; and Norberto Terraza, consul in charge of legal protection of Mexican citizens.

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. OSHA has created more than 325 alliances with organizations committed to fostering safety and health in the workplace. Additional information about this alliance and OSHA's Hispanic outreach activities in the New York region can be obtained by calling OSHA's Tarrytown area office at (914) 524-7510.

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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