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Region 6 News Release: 14-545-DAL
April 10, 2014
Contact: Diana Petterson      Juan Rodriguez
Phone: 972-850-4710      972-850-4710
Email: petterson.diana@dol.gov      rodriguez.juan@dol.gov

OSHA regional offices in Dallas and Chicago form alliance with the Philippine
consulate general in Chicago to promote worker safety and health

DALLAS, Texas – The U.S. Department of Labor's Dallas and Chicago Occupational Safety and Health Administration regional offices signed an alliance with the Consulate General of the Philippines in Chicago establishing a collaborative relationship to keep workers safe and healthy on the job. The goal of the alliance is to increase access to education and training resources that promote worker rights and employer knowledge of their responsibilities under the Occupational Safety and Health Act.

"All workers have the right to safe and healthful jobs, and it is important to educate workers about their rights, which includes the right to receive training about job hazards in a language and vocabulary they understand," said Eric S. Harbin, OSHA's acting regional administrator in Dallas.

Alliance participants in OSHA's Dallas region, which includes Philippine nationals employed in Arkansas, Louisiana and Oklahoma, will develop training and education programs in general industry and construction. OSHA's Chicago region will include Philippine nationals employed in Illinois, Wisconsin and Ohio. Some of the serious safety and health issues the alliance will focus on involve preventing falls from elevated work surfaces, electrocution, heat illness, exposure to hazardous chemicals and struck-by dangers.

"This cooperative agreement allows us to work together to ensure that workers have a safe workplace, so that at the end of each day, they can go home to their families," said Nick Walters, OSHA's regional administrator in Chicago.

The signing ceremony was held at the OSHA Chicago Regional Office and was signed by