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Region 2 News Release:    06-913-NEW/BOS 2006-190
Thursday, July 6, 2006
Contact: Ted Fitzgerald
Phone: (617) 565-2074

OSHA and AGMAUSA Renew Safety Alliance for Long Island Workers

WESTBURY, N.Y. -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Associacion de Guatemaltecos Morazanecos Ausentes en USA (AGMAUSA) have renewed their alliance to enhance safety and health awareness among Hispanic workers on Long Island, N.Y.

The alliance, which began in March 2004, seeks to reduce and prevent common construction and general-industry hazards by providing information, guidance and training to workers, particularly non-English or limited English- speaking employees. AGMAUSA is an organization serving the Hispanic community on Long Island.

"The results of this alliance are exceptional and promising," said Patricia K. Clark, OSHA's regional administrator. "In its first two years, more than 150 workers have completed OSHA's 10-hour construction-safety course in Spanish, while more than 3,000 Hispanic workers have received information about OSHA and workplace safety."

"This information is invaluable for workers," said Diana Cortez, OSHA's regional Hispanic coordinator. "They can utilize the information to identify workplace hazards and thereby prevent occupational injuries and illnesses."

"Preventing injuries and illnesses helps workers, employers and their communities," said Patricia Jones, OSHA's Long Island area director. "Safety and health can add value