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Region 6 News Release: OSHA-08-598-DAL
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
Contact: Diana Petterson Elizabeth Todd
Phone: 972-850-4709 972-850-4710

U.S. Labor Department's OSHA and Associated General Contractors renew alliance to promote construction safety

HOUSTON -- Furthering the safety and health of Hispanic construction employees in the Houston area is the goal of renewing an alliance between the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Houston Chapter of the Associated General Contractors (AGC).

"The renewal of this alliance for two more years gives members the opportunity to continue focusing on the safety and health issues of Hispanic employees," said Dean McDaniel, OSHA's regional administer in Dallas. "This voluntary cooperative relationship includes training and outreach to ensure employee safety."

The alliance, initially signed in 2002, provides employees with the opportunity to take an eight-hour safety awareness class in Spanish, free of charge, each quarter. Since the inception of the alliance, more than 700 employees have completed the training.

OSHA safety and health alliances are part of U.S. Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao's ongoing efforts to improve the safety and health of employees through cooperative relationships with trade associations, labor organizations, employers and government agencies. Alliances are a means for participating organizations to network with others committed to workplace safety and health and exchange information about hazards. OSHA has more than 480 national, regional and area office alliances nation