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Published: February, 2010; Vol 6, Num 9

 

OSHA Calls Summit and Invites Participation:

Surging Latino Injuries, Illnesses
Pose National Challenge

For more than ten years, the percentage of Hispanics among the nation’s construction fatalities has been sharply rising. Almost half are construction laborers. 

Acknowledging the problem, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) – in partnership with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) – will sponsor a National Action Summit for Latino Worker Health and Safety (en Español) on April 14 – 15 in Houston, TX. 

The goal of the conference is to reduce injuries and illnesses among Latino workers by enhancing knowledge of their workplace rights and improving their ability to exercise those rights. 

The Summit will target the construction industry and other industries in which large numbers of Latino workers are employed.

Workers and representatives of employer associations, labor unions, the faith community, community organizations, worker centers, the medical community, safety and health professionals, educators, government officials, Consulates, the entertainment community, the advertising industry and other non-traditional partners are urged to attend.  

Registration information is available on the OSHA website.

[Steve Clark]