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Region 1 News Release: 06-504-BOS/BOS 2006-089
Monday, April 3, 2006
Contact: Ted Fitzgerald
Phone: (617) 565-2074

New OSHA Alliance for Brazilian Workers, Business Owners in Mass.

METHUEN, Mass. -- Improving safety and health for Brazilian workers and business owners in the Bay State is the goal of a new alliance among the U.S. Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the Brazilian Immigrant Center and the Massachusetts Division of Occupational Safety's consultation program.

OSHA alliances are part of U.S. Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao's efforts to improve health and safety for workers through cooperative partnerships with employers, trade associations and labor. The Brazilian Immigrant Center in Allston, Mass., is a community-based organization working to empower Brazilians with information on critical issues like access to education, workplace rights and immigration.

"This alliance seeks to equip one of the fastest growing populations in the Bay State with information and skills to help them identify and correct workplace hazards before they hurt workers," said Francis Pagliuca, OSHA's area director for Middlesex and Essex counties.

Alliance participants will develop and deliver bilingual training and education programs for Brazilian Immigrant Center clients and others, including immigrant workers, small business owners and young workers. Training will focus on identifying and correcting hazards associated with construction work, landscaping and other high hazard industries.

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