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OSHA Directs Efforts at Non-English Speakers for Protection

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OSHA issued an enforcement memorandum directed at protecting Latino and other non-English speaking workers from workplace hazards. It directs compliance officers to ensure they check and verify that workers are receiving OSHA required training in a language they understand. “This directive conforms with Secretary Solis’ clear and urgent goal of reducing injuries and illnesses among Latino and other vulnerable workers,” said Dr. David Michaels, Assistant Secretary for OSHA. “These workers represent an integral and essential part of the key industries that keep our country running everyday.”

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