Alliance Aims to Boost Safety for Hispanic Workers in Central Florida

OSHA is forming a new alliance with the Gulf Coast Latin Chamber of Commerce and the University of South Florida's SafetyFlorida Consultation Program to reduce occupational injuries and illnesses among workers in Manatee and Sarasota counties, focusing particularly on Hispanic employees. An alliance signing ceremony was held Jan. 28 at the GCLCC's Conexion Latina event in Bradenton, Fla.

"We are committed to raising safety and health awareness, and hazard recognition among employers and their employees in Central Florida, particularly with the state's non-English speaking and youth workforce," said Les Grove, OSHA's area director in Tampa. "Together, we can reduce the injury incidence rate among Hispanic workers."

A key feature of the alliance is to develop and make available effective bilingual safety and health training and education tools. The focus of the pact is on reducing construction and general industry hazards, including but not limited to falls, electrical operations, ergonomics, bloodborne pathogens, fire safety, egress/exit routes, and evacuation plans.

Companies and groups interested in learning more about OSHA's activities to improve employee safety and health in Central Florida may contact the agency's area office in Tampa, 5807 Breckenridge Parkway, Suite A; telephone 813-626-1177.

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