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Region 2 News Release:     04-920-NEW / BOS 2004-117
Tuesday, June 01, 2004
Contact: John M. Chavez
Office: (617) 565-2075

OSHA and Hispanic Resource Center Form Westchester County Safety & Health Alliance

NEW YORK -- Improving workplace safety and health for Hispanic workers is the goal of a new alliance between the U.S. Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Hispanic Resource Center of Larchmont - Mamaroneck (HRC).

"The alliance between OSHA and HRC is a good example of this Administration's ongoing efforts to improve the health and safety of workers through cooperative partnerships," said U.S. Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao. "These efforts have resulted in a decline in fatalities among Hispanic workers for the first time since 1995. Partnerships such as this one will help to ensure that this positive trend continues."

Through the alliance, the Tarrytown area office of OSHA and the HRC will develop Spanish-language training and education programs on safety in general industry and construction. They will target HRC members, and others, who are exposed to falls, amputations, or electrical hazards in their workplaces, as well as the danger of being struck by or caught in between objects. Training will include OSHA's 10- and 30-hour construction and general industry courses in Spanish.

The Hispanic Resource Center, a community-based organization, serves Larchmont and Mamaroneck, N.Y. and the greater Westchester County area. HRC helps Hispanics with issues