The United States Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has

formed an alliance with the Heartland Workers Center. This alliance has been formed in an

effort to educate immigrant workers about safety and health at the workplace. Additionally, the

alliance is designed to promote better understanding of the rights of workers, specifically about

the OSHA complain process and the responsibilities of employers under the Occupational Safety

and Health Act. OSHA will also provide Spanish safety and health training when needed.

“This alliance reflects a commitment to the safety of all employees in the Omaha area, including

vulnerable populations like immigrant workers,” said Bonita Winingham, OSHA’s area director

in Omaha. “We must keep in mind that every worker in this country deserves a safe work


OSHA is focusing on protecting and educating immigrant workers all over the United States,

and this alliance is just another step in that process. If you employ immigrant workers, especially

those who speak Spanish, it is important that you understand how these partnerships will impact

you and what new requirements you may have. If you have any questions about how these

partnerships do impact you, it is time to contact a professional occupational safety and health

management firm to help you understand the implications and make appropriate updates as

needed to your current occupational safety and health plans.

If you have any questions about this new alliance, how it impacts your business and industry, or

about occupational safety and health in general, please contact us. If you have anything to add

about this new alliance, please leave a comment.