OSHA grants El Paso Community College the status of the region’s first Ambassador Alliance Program for its continued commitment to safety and health

Attendees: Occupational Safety and Health Administration of the US Department of Labor

El Paso Community College

OSHA’s El Paso Area Office signed an Ambassador Alliance agreement with El Paso Community College’s Risk Management Institute, recognizing the center as an ambassador for the OSHA Alliance program. Front (from left to right): Dr. William Serrata, President of the El Paso Community College District and Area Manager Diego Alvarado Jr. for the OSHA El Paso Area Office. Back (left to right): Blayne Primozich and Cecy Maurer, EPCC, Abraham Arzola, OSHA El Paso Area Office, and Stephen B. Boyd, OSHA Regional Assistant Administrator for Region 6.

Alliance Description: On November 28, 2022, the OSHA El Paso area office signed an Ambassador Alliance agreement with the Risk Management Institute of El Paso Community College, recognizing the center as an ambassador for the OSHA Alliance program. This is the first ambassadorial agreement signed by the five-state OSHA region, which includes Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. OSHA grants Ambassador status to long-time Alliance members who agree to continue a collaborative relationship and who share timely and relevant safety and health information with their stakeholders. Ambassadors are also recognized for working collaboratively on safety and health issues raised by their stakeholders. Unlike regular alliances, Ambassador relationships do not need to be renewed and remain in effect for the duration of an ongoing cooperative relationship and a good faith effort by both parties to fulfill the intent of the agreement.

El Paso Community College’s Risk Management Institute also participates in OSHA’s Susan Harwood Grant Program and has trained 4,055 employees since 2018.

Background: OSHA’s Alliance program works with groups concerned with occupational safety and health to prevent workplace deaths, injuries and illnesses. These groups include unions, consulates, trade or professional associations, businesses, religious and community-based organizations, and educational institutions. OSHA and the groups work together to develop tools and resources to support compliance, share information with workers and employers, and educate workers and employers about their rights and responsibilities.

Quote: “OSHA’s alliance with El Paso Community College has made our efforts to improve safety and health education for employers and workers in the El Paso community more effective, particularly in the Spanish-speaking community,” said OSHA area director Diego Alvarado, Jr. in El Paso, Texas. “El Paso Community College’s Risk Management Institute has earned Ambassador status by promoting understanding of workers’ rights and employers’ responsibilities.”