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Region 2 News Release:     04-353-NEW / BOS 2004-051
Thursday, March 11, 2004
Contact: John M. Chavez
Office: (617) 565-2075

OSHA and AGMAUSA Form Alliance to Provide
Workplace Safety & Health Training in Spanish

NEW YORK -- Improving workplace safety and health for Hispanic workers in the Long Island area is the goal of a new alliance between the U.S. Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Asociacion de Guatemaltecos- Morazanecos Ausentes en USA (AGMAUSA).

OSHA health and safety alliances are part of Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao's ongoing efforts to improve the health and safety of workers through cooperative partnerships.

"This alliance will equip Hispanic workers with the necessary tools to recognize and avoid unsafe conditions, and to protect themselves against hazardous conditions in their workplaces," said Diana Cortez, OSHA's Tarrytown area director and regional Hispanic coordinator.

The Long Island Area Office of OSHA and AGMAUSA will develop Spanish-language training and education programs covering safety and health issues in industrial workplaces and construction sites. Training will include OSHA's 10- and 30-hour construction and general industry courses in Spanish.

Using print and electronic media, OSHA and AGMAUSA will develop workplace safety and health curricula, including electronic assistance tools and links from OSHA's Web site. A Web site for AGMAUSA is also being planned.

AGMAUSA is a community-based organization serving the Guatemal