Hola! Phone bank, summit help Spanish-speaking workers with summer safety
What do you do when hot and feeling overheated? How much time can be taken for breaks or rest periods? How can you stay hydrated? These questions and others were answered recently in Spanish via a partnership between OSHA and Univision’s Phone Bank Program.
OSHA provided six Spanish-speaking volunteers and provided educational materials in English and Spanish and a curriculum for employers and employees.
Then at a Summer of Safety Summit held June 23, OSHA conducted bilingual training sessions on worker rights and responsibilities. The summit, sponsored by New Labor in New Brunswick, N.J., was attended by approximately 75 Spanish-speaking workers who are employed by temporary hiring agencies and who work in warehouses. OSHA Avenel Area Director John Lambert, Compliance Safety and Health Officer Jorge Alzate, and Regional Labor Liaison Laura Kenny provided information on heat stress prevention, fall protection and how to file an OSHA complaint. Founded in 2000, New Labor is a worker organization that advocates for quality work conditions and serves as a voice for immigrant workers in New Jersey.