Dorinda Folse, OSHA’s area director in Baton Rouge, signs the alliance agreement with Tony Tran, branch manager of BPSOS-New Orleans, on Thursday, February 12, 2009 at the OSHA office.
February 17. 2009: Boat People SOS-New Orleans is proud to announce a ground-breaking alliance with the Labor Department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)!
At a signing ceremony last Thursday at the OSHA office, staff of the BPSOS-New Orleans branch joined with their government partners in affirming the critical importance of protecting Vietnamese-American employees’ health and safety, especially in terms of reducing and preventing falls, ensuring proper guards on potentially dangerous machines, eliminating exposure to chemical hazards, and heading off other perilous situations.
Why is it particularly important to equip Vietnamese Americans with this kind of knowledge? For one thing, each year, over 100,000 injuries and deaths are attributable to work-related falls alone. A study of 99 fall-related fatalities suggests that all of the deaths could have been prevented by the use of fall protection! In this context, the lingual and cultural barriers that sometimes separate Vietnamese Americans from their workplace supervisors have the potential to be more deadly than usual. BPSOS is excited to ally itself with OSHA to bridge this safety gap to save working families’ lives and health.
BPSOS already maintains productive alliances with OSHA in other parts of the country, including Charlotte. Click here to learn about a recent workshop by BPSOS-Charlotte’s Community Awareness Campaign on Occupational Safety (CACOS), a program supported by OSHA.