KANSAS CITY, MO – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the Consulate General of Mexico in Kansas City have renewed an alliance – first signed in 2013 – to continue their collaborative relationship to promote workplace safety and health with the consulate and Mexican nationals working in Kansas and Missouri.
The goal of the alliance is to ensure Mexican nationals and employers have access to education and training resources to promote workers’ rights in protecting their occupational safety and health, and to help them understand U.S. domestic law concerning the rights of workers and the responsibilities of employers and employees under the Occupational Safety and Health Act.
“The list of accomplishments made possible by our alliance with the Mexican Consulate during the last eight years is impressive. Together, we have successfully shared and disseminated information on OSHA’s national campaigns and its regional and local initiatives,” said acting Regional Administrator Ryan Hodge in Kansas City, Missouri. “Our goals are the same: ensuring safe working conditions to allow workers to end their day safely and return home to their families and loved ones.”
Outreach efforts by the Mexican Consulate to local Hispanic media outlets have helped OSHA deliver important safety messages to more than 750,000 Mexican nationals, Hispanic workers and employers in Kansas and Missouri.
By renewing the alliance, OSHA and the consulate will foster safer working conditions for Mexican nationals. Together, they will ensure employers and employees have greater access to training and resources to protect workers on the job.
OSHA’s Alliance Program works with groups committed to worker safety and health to prevent workplace fatalities, injuries and illnesses. These groups include unions, consulates, trade or professional organizations, businesses, faith- and community-based organizations, and educational institutions. OSHA and the groups work together to develop compliance assistance tools and resources, share information with workers and employers, and educate workers and employers about their rights and responsibilities.