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Arrangement Establishing an Alliance between the Consulate Of Mexico in Orlando, Florida, OSHA’s Tampa Area Office, and the SafetyFlorida Consultation Program

The Consulate of Mexico in Orlando, Florida (Consulate), the United States Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the University of South Florida – Safety-Florida Consultation Program (USF-SFCP), and the Consulate of Mexico in Orlando, Florida (the Consulate), hereinafter “the Parties”,

Recognizing the joint commitment to workplace safety and health protections acknowledged in the Letter of Agreement of July 21, 2004 between the Department of Labor of the United States of America and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the United Mexican States;

Recognizing that OSHA’s Alliance Program provides for the establishment of cooperative relationships for purposes such as training and education, outreach and communication and promoting a national dialogue on workplace safety and health; and

Recognizing the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful workplaces;

The Parties intend to work together to achieve the following:

ARTICLE I

Objective

The Parties intend, through this Arrangement, to establish a collaborative relationship to provide Mexican workers with information, guidance, and access to training resources that are intended to help them improve their workplace health and safety, particularly in reducing and preventing exposure to general and construction industry hazards, such as but not limited to falls, electrical hazards, struck-by, and amputations.

ARTICLE II

AREAS OF COOPERATION

To achieve the objectives of this Arrangement, the Parties intend to work together in the following areas of mutual interest:

a. training and education;

b. outreach and communication;

c. promotion of a national dialogue;

d. any other area agreed to by the Parties

ARTICLE III

SPECIFIC COOPERATION PROJECTS

a. Training and Education

The Parties intend to work together to achieve the following training and education goals:

  • To provide expertise to develop training and education programs for non-English or limited English speaking employees and employers on hazards, such as falls, electrical hazards, and amputations, and to provide expertise in communicating such information to employers and Mexican employees in the industry.
  • Deliver or arrange for the delivery of OSHA’s 10 and 30-hour General and Construction Industry courses in Spanish. These courses would be provided by OSHA and USF-SFCP personnel in conjunction with the Consulate.

b. Outreach and Communication

The Parties intend to work together to achieve the following outreach and communication goals:

  • To provide expertise in developing information on the recognition and prevention of workplace hazards, and to provide expertise in developing ways of communicating such information (e.g., print and electronic media, electronic assistance tools and OSHA’s and the Consulate’s Web sites) to employers and employees in the Mexican community.
  • Speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA’s or the Consulate’s conferences, local meetings, or other events; such as the mobile consulate to educate the constituents of the Consulate regarding employer and employee workplace rights and responsibilities.
  • Share information among OSHA personnel and safety and health professionals regarding the Consulate’s best practices or effective approaches and publicize results through outreach by the Consulate and through OSHA or the Consulate’s developed materials, training programs, workshops, seminars, and lectures (or any other applicable forum).
  • Promote and encourage the participation of the Consulate’s constituency in OSHA’s cooperative programs, such as compliance assistance, the Voluntary Protection Program, Consultation, and the Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program.
  • Encourage the constituency of the Consulate to build relationships with OSHA’s Regional and Area Offices to address health and safety issues, including hazards, such as falls, electrical hazards, struck-by and amputations.
  • Encourage bi-lingual individuals to take the OSHA Train-the-Trainer course(s) on the occupational safety and health standards for the General and Construction Industries, so they qualify to teach Mexican workers the respective OSHA 10 and 30-hour courses in Spanish.
  • Work with the local Mexican community in central Florida through the Consulate, as well as other faith-based and community organizations, in an effort to enhance safety and health awareness within the Mexican community.

c. Promoting the National Dialogue

The Parties intend to work together to achieve the following goals related to promoting the national dialogue on workplace safety and health:

  • Convene or participate in forums, round table discussions, or stakeholder meetings on General and Construction Industry hazards, such as falls, electrical hazards, and amputations, to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace or to provide input on safety and health issues.

ARTICLE IV

COMMUNICATIONS

In order to fulfill the objective of this Arrangement, the Consulate will act as a formal communication channel between Mexican citizens who work in Florida and the American authorities, to report allegations of unsafe and/or unhealthful working conditions and request inspections.

ARTICLE V

PLAN OF ACTION

An implementation team made up of representatives of the Parties will meet to develop a plan of action, determine working procedures, and identify the roles and responsibilities of the participants. In addition, the Parties intend to meet at least three times per year to track and share information on activities and results in achieving the goals of the Arrangement.

ARTICLE VI

FINAL PROVISIONS

This Arrangement is to remain in effect for two years from the date of signing. This Arrangement may be modified in writing at any time with the concurrence of the signatories. Either signatory may terminate it for any reason at any time, provided they give 30 days written notice.

Signed at ______, on the _____ day of ____ of the year two thousand and nine, in two originals, in the Spanish and English languages, being all texts equally authentic.

FOR THE UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF LABOR’S OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION FOR THE CONSULATE OF MEXICO IN ORLANDO, FLORIDA

Leslie L. Grove III

Area Director

Jaime Paz y Puente Gutiérrez

Cónsul de México en Orlando

FOR THE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA SAFETY-FLORIDA CONSULTATION PROGRAM

Charlene Vespi

Program Director

1Consular jurisdiction of the Consulate of Mexico in Orlando covers 54 counties in central and northern Florida.