OSHA forms alliance with Boise’s Mexican consul to promote workers’ rights

August 31, 2013 

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has forged an alliance in Boise with the consulate general of Mexico to promote workplace safety and health standards among Mexican nationals and other Spanish-speaking workers living in Idaho.

David Kearns, director of OSHA’s Boise office, and Guillermo Ordorica, consul general of Mexico, formalized the alliance at the Mexico Consulate Friday. OSHA and the consulate will provide workers with guidance and access to education and training resources in Spanish about their rights in the workplace and the responsibilities of employers under the Occupational Safety and Health Act, including the complaint process. Alliance members will promote safety and health during speaking engagements and with appearances at each other’s outreach events, including mobile consulate activities.

“This alliance mirrors the growing diversity of our nation’s workforce, reflects our firm commitment to reach out and highlights the need for collaboration to achieve the ultimate goal of occupational safety and health,” said David Mahlum, OSHA’s acting regional administrator in Seattle.

The agency’s alliance program works with unions, consulates, trade and professional organizations, faith- and community-based organizations, businesses and educational institutions to help prevent workplace fatalities, injuries and illnesses. Alliance program participants do not receive exemptions from OSHA programmed inspections.

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees.

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