Protecting Workers from UV Rays

Ultraviolet (UV) radiation is a major cause of skin cancer, and it impacts workers anywhere the sun is strong, including places like Arizona. There are also artificial sources of UV rays, such as certain lamps used in manufacturing plants, according to the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP). Continue reading

Business Opportunities in Trade with Mexico

THCC Lea Marquez

Lea Marquez-Peterson, President & CEO, Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

¿Sabías que? (Did you know?):

• Arizona trades over $14 billion a year with Mexico which is our largest trading partner
• Over 760,000 trucks crossed our Arizona international border in 2013. American consumers get nearly 40 percent of their fresh produce through the Nogales port of entry alone.
• There has been an investment of over $450 million dollars in border infrastructure over the last seven years

Arizona businesses see great opportunities in growing trade with Mexico. Mexico’s geographic proximity, shared culture with the large Hispanic population in Arizona and same time zone make it a great business partner for Arizona.  Businesses should not overlook the opportunity for additional revenue streams in a mostly untapped consumer market and a growing industrial sector that can serve as suppliers and purchasers.  The Mexican state of Sonora, which borders Arizona, has one of the fastest growing middle classes in Mexico and a GDP that is trending higher than Arizona’s.  One of the first steps for businesses is due diligence in their industry and to begin to build relationships with our business partners to the South. Continue reading

Check noise levels and provide hearing protection in the workplace

As part of a comprehensive health and safety program, employers may want provide workers with hearing protection. Excess noise in the workplace may cause workers to develop hearing problems, and prolonged exposure to occupational noise may result in permanent damage. Businesses may want to make sure workers are equipped with workplace safety resources like ear muffs and other hearing protection devices that are essential to limit common noise exposures. Continue reading