OSHA has expanded its office at 800 Dolorosa St., Suite 203, in San Antonio, effective immediately.

With a population of more than two million people, San Antonio is the 7th largest city in the United States. Population trends, county business and an extensive workload have prompted OSHA to elevate its San Antonio location to an area office in order to better serve the needs of workers and employers in central Texas.

"OSHA's experienced staff will be better able to provide safety and health information and outreach to workers and employers, including bilingual assistance," said Dean McDaniel, OSHA's regional administrator in Dallas. "Our San Antonio Area office will serve 17 central Texas counties."

The change in San Antonio's status from a district to an area office will include an increase in staff who will address the safety and health of high risk construction workers, with an emphasis on Hispanic construction workers who are statistically at greater risk of workplace fatalities, injuries and illnesses.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2008 more than half of workers killed in private industry construction-related accidents in Texas were Hispanic. Additionally, a U.S. Census Bureau survey covering 2006 through 2008 found that more than 52 percent of the San Antonio population was of Hispanic ethnic origin.

Workers and employers with questions regarding workplace safety and health standards can call OSHA's San Antonio OSHA Area Office at 210-472-5040 or via OSHA's toll-free hotline at 800-321-6742 to report workplace accidents, fatalities or situations posing imminent danger to workers.