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Region 3 News Release:    07-467-NEW (osha 07-038)
March 29, 2007
Contact: Leni Uddyback-Fortson
Phone: (215) 861-5102

U.S. Department of Labor's OSHA forms safety and health alliance with state of New Jersey and local non-profit to protect Hispanic workers

NEWTON, N.J. -- Reducing the number of Hispanic employees killed and injured in construction and general industry is the goal of a new alliance formed by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development, and El Refugio, a Newton-based non-profit outreach center for Hispanic families.

Under the alliance, OSHA will work with El Refugio to develop workplace safety and health training programs to educate the organization's clients about fall, amputation, electrical, "struck-by"/"crushed-in" hazards and emergency response issues. OSHA also will deliver its 10-hour construction and general industry courses to Hispanic employers and employees in both English and Spanish. The agreement will remain in effect for two years.

"This alliance will expand our ability to protect employees who are often at risk because of a language barrier," says Phil Peist, director of OSHA's area office in Parsippany, N.J. "OSHA looks forward to working with El Refugio and the state of New Jersey to accomplish this critical goal."

Safety and health alliances are part of U.S. Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao's ongoing efforts to improve the health and safety