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Puerto Rico Department of Labor
Prudencio Rivera Mart�nez Building, 21st Floor
505 Mu�oz Rivera Avenue
Hato Rey, Puerto Rico 00918

Roman M. Velasco Gonzalez, Secretary
(787) 754-2119
(787) 753-9550 FAX

Myrna Velez, Acting Assistant Secretary for Occupational Safety and Health
(787) 754-2172 ext. 234 / (787) 754-2171
(787) 767-6051 FAX
Puerto Rico State Plan Website
PR OSHA Standards/Normas (in english y en espa�ol)

Puerto Rico Occupational Safety and Health Administration (PR OSHA)
Department of Labor, 20th Floor
505 Mu�oz Rivera Avenue
Hato Rey, Puerto Rico 00918

(787) 756-1100, 1106 / (787) 754-2172
(787) 767-6051 FAX

KNOWING PR OSHA (en Espa�ol )

Introduction

The Puerto Rico Occupational Safety and Health Administration (PR OSHA), initiated operations in 1978, after the enactment of Act No. 16 of 1975, Occupational Safety and Health Act of Puerto Rico. The purpose of the Act is to guarantee safe and healthful working conditions for each employee in Puerto Rico authorizing the Secretary of Labor to prescribe and enforce the safety and health standards, rules and regulations developed or adopted; by assisting and encouraging employers and employees in their efforts to guarantee safe and healthful working conditions; by providing for scientific research, information, education and training and the development of statistic in the field of occupational safety and health.

Bureau of Inspections/Negociado de Inspecciones
The basic function of the Bureau of Inspection is to accomplish the mandate of the Act " to guarantee so far as possible to each employee in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico safe and healthful working conditions " through effective inspections in the worksites to determine if the employers are:
bulletfurnishing to each of his employees employment and a place of employment free from recognized hazards which are causing or may cause death or physical harm to his employees, and
bulletcomplying with the occupational safety and health standards, rules and regulations applicable to their worksites.
To accomplish with its function, each Area Office schedules the inspections, without advance notice to employers, according to the hazardousness of the worksites using the following priorities order: bulletImminent Danger bulletFatalities/Catastrophes Investigations bulletComplaint/Referral Investigations bulletProgrammed Inspections bulletFollow-up Inspections If any of the aforementioned inspections resulted in violations to the Act, the employers will be issued a Citation and Notification of Penalty.
Currently, PR OSHA has Safety and Health Specialists in six (6) Area Offices to conduct inspections at the workplaces

Area Offices

ARECIBO
Mr. Alberto Torres Moore
Road #2 Km. 77.2, Duhamel Bldg.
#540 Miramar Avenue
Arecibo, PR 00612
Tel. (787) 878-0715 / 879-4633
Fax: (787) 878-1147
E-mail: Mr. Alberto Torres Moore

CAGUAS
Mrs. Eva E. Avil�s
Office #107 Centro Gubernamental
Acosta Esq. Goyco, Box 1599
Caguas, PR 00726-1599
Tel. (787) 746-7970 / 743-5344
Fax: (787) 258-1737
E-mail: Mrs. Eva E. Avil�s

CAROLINA
Mr. Manuel S�nchez Incle
Centro Gubernamental
Fern�ndez Juncos Avenue, Box 7700
Carolina, PR 00936-7700
Tel. 768-2800 / 768-2937
Fax: 750-4515
E-mail: Mr. Manuel S�nchez Incle

MAYAGUEZ
Mr. Edgar P�rez
Road No. 2, 828 Villa Capit�n Bldg., Suite 304
Mayaguez, PR 00680-1537
( In front of Toys "R" Us)
Tel. (787) 832-4593 / 833-2018
Fax: (787) 832-5650
E-mail: Mr. Edgar P�rez

PONCE
Mr. Jos� A. Morel
60 Playita Sector
Puerto Viejo
Ponce, PR 00716-8110
Tel. (787) 842-9060 / 840-4420
Fax: (787) 259-7701
E-mail: Mr. Jos� A. Morel

SAN JUAN
Mrs. Lydia E. Sotomayor
577 Ave. Ponce De Le�n
Antiguo Edificio Real Hermanos
Hato Rey, PR 00918
Tel. (787) 753-6144 / 754-5803
Fax: (787) 764-1427
E-mail: Mrs. Lydia E. Sotomayor

Filing a Complaint
To file a safety and/or health complaint, you may visit or contact the corresponding Area Office or visit the OSHA site, OSHA Offices, Workers Page.

Voluntary Programs
This Division has as main purpose to assist the employers in identifying and correcting safety and health hazards in the workplaces and encourage the employers in establishing and maintaining effective safety and health programs for providing safe and healthful places of employment for their employees.

Because consultation services are voluntary, an employer must request the service and agree to certain obligations, the principal one being that employer agrees to correct all safety and health hazards found during the consultation visit within an agreed-upon time frame. The principal assistance will be provided at the employer's worksite, but off-site assistance may also be provided by telephone and at our Office.

In addition, the Voluntary Programs Division offers to the leader employers in the field of safety and health the opportunity to participate in the Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP). The purpose of the VPPs is to emphasize the importance of, encourage the improvement of, and recognize excellence of the occupational safety and health programs provided by the employers with active participation of employees. The three categories are: Guan�n, Cem� and Ta�no.

Guan�n
Designed for worksites with comprehensive and successful safety and health programs. This program is open to any industry and to companies with injury incidence and lost workday injury at or below the national average for that type of industry. The participants in the Guan�n Program are evaluated onsite every three years, with annual injury rates reviews.

Cem�
Designed for worksites with the potential and commitment to achieve Guan�n qualifications. This program is open to sites injury rates above the industry's national average. Cem� participants are evaluated onsite annually. Successful completion of the Cem� Program ensures eligibility for the Guan�n Program.

Ta�no
Designed for companies with 100 employees or less, wishing to participate in the Guan�n or Cem� Programs, but do not yet meet their qualifications, do not have expertise nor have technical resources available and require special guidance and assistance to reach at least Cem� quality. This program is open to worksites with a written safety and health program that at least cover the three basic elements: Management Leadership, Employee Participation and Safety and Health Trainings. Ta�no participants are evaluated onsite annually. Successful completion with the established goals may ensure eligibility for the Guan�n or Cem� Programs. Additionally, the Division performs a series of educational activities in the field of occupational safety and health such as workshops, seminars and conferences. Employers may contact the Division of Voluntary Programs to request free services at the following address:
Department of Labor
Puerto Rico Occupational Safety and Health Administration (PR OSHA)
Voluntary Programs Division
#505 Mu�oz Rivera Avenue
Hato Rey, PR 00918
Tels. (787) 754-2172, 754-2186
Boiler and Elevator Inspection Program
This program operates under special independent rules. Its main purpose is to assure that the boilers and pressure vessels; elevators and related equipment are manufactured, installed, operated and repaired in a safe manner. It also provides the mechanisms to licence the private inspectors of the boilers and pressure vessels, elevators and related equipment, and administrates the Act Number 55 of August 4, 1977, to licence crane inspectors.

The following activities are performed under this Program: bulletInvestigations of Accidents and Complaints bulletSafety Inspections bulletDesign and Constructions Inspections bulletSeminars and Conferences All information and services you may need from the Boiler and Elevator Inspection Program, you can request them at the following address:
Department of Labor
Occupational Safety and Health Office (OSHO)
Boiler and Elevator Inspection Program
#505 Mu�oz Rivera Avenue, Hato Rey, PR 00918
Tels. (787) 754-2172, 754-2186
REMEMBER, EMPLOYER!
Post in a visible place the Poster 2003, Puerto Rico Occupational Safety and Health Act. Fill out and keep the OSHO 300 Form, Log and Summary of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses.
PREVENT OCCUPATIONAL ACCIDENTS!

CON�CENOS (in English)

Introducci�n

La Administraci&oacuten de Seguridad y Salud Ocupacional (PR OSHA, por sus siglas en ingl�s) comenz� sus operaciones en el 1978, a ra�z de la creaci�n de la Ley N�m. 16 del 5 de agosto de 1975, Ley de Seguridad y Salud en el Trabajo de Puerto Rico. El prop�sito de esta Ley es garantizar condiciones de trabajo seguras y salubres a cada empleado en Puerto Rico autorizando al Secretario del Trabajo a prescribir y poner en vigor las normas, reglas, y reglamentos de seguridad y salud desarrolladas y adoptadas; asistiendo y estimulando a patronos y empleados en sus esfuerzos por garantizar condiciones de trabajo seguras y salubres; proveyendo para la investigaci�n cient�fica, informaci�n, educaci�n y adiestramiento y el desarrollo de estad&isticas en el campo de la seguridad y salud ocupacional.

Negociado de Inspecciones
La funci�n b�sica del Negociado de Inspecciones es hacer cumplir el mandato de la Ley de "... garantizar hasta donde sea posible a cada empleado en el Estado Libre Asociado de Puerto Rico condiciones de trabajo seguras y saludables..." a trav�s de inspecciones efectivas en los lugares de trabajo para determinar si los patronos est�n: bulletproveyendo lugares de trabajo libres de riesgos reconocidos que est�n causando o puedan causar muerte o da�o f�sico a sus empleados, y bulletcumpliendo con las normas, reglas y reglamentos de seguridad y salud ocupacionales aplicables a sus lugares de trabajo. Para cumplir con su funci�n, cada Oficina de �rea programa las inspecciones, sin notificaci�n previa a los patronos, de acuerdo a la peligrosidad del lugar de trabajo utilizando el siguiente orden de prioridades: bulletPeligro Inminente bulletInvestigaciones de Fatalidades/Cat�strofes bulletInvestigaciones de Querellas/Referidos bulletInspecciones Programadas bulletInspecciones de Seguimiento Si como resultado de cualquiera de las inspecciones antes mencionadas se identificaran violaciones a la Ley, el patrono recibir� una Citaci�n y Notificaci�n de Penalidad. Al presente, PR OSHA cuenta con Especialistas en Seguridad y Salud en sus seis (6) Oficinas de �rea para realizar inspecciones en los lugares de trabajo.

Oficinas de �rea

ARECIBO
Mr. Alberto Torres Moore
Road #2 Km. 77.2, Duhamel Bldg.
#540 Miramar Avenue
Arecibo, PR 00612
Tel. (787) 878-0715 / 879-4633
Fax: (787) 878-1147
E-mail: Mr. Alberto Torres Moore

CAGUAS
Mrs. Eva E. Avil�s
Office #107 Centro Gubernamental
Acosta Esq. Goyco, Box 1599
Caguas, PR 00726-1599
Tel. (787) 746-7970 / 743-5344
Fax: (787) 258-1737
E-mail: Mrs. Eva E. Avil�s

CAROLINA
Mr. Manuel S�nchez Incle
Centro Gubernamental
Fern�ndez Juncos Avenue, Box 7700
Carolina, PR 00936-7700
Tel. 768-2800 / 768-2937
Fax: 750-4515
E-mail: Mr. Manuel S�nchez Incle

MAYAGUEZ
Mr. Edgar P�rez
Road No. 2, 828 Villa Capit�n Bldg., Suite 304
Mayaguez, PR 00680-1537
( In front of Toys "R" Us)
Tel. (787) 832-4593 / 833-2018
Fax: (787) 832-5650
E-mail: Mr. Edgar P�rez

PONCE
Mr. Jos� A. Morel
60 Playita Sector
Puerto Viejo
Ponce, PR 00716-8110
Tel. (787) 842-9060 / 840-4420
Fax: (787) 259-7701
E-mail: Mr. Jos� A. Morel

SAN JUAN
Mrs. Lydia E. Sotomayor
577 Ave. Ponce De Le�n
Antiguo Edificio Real Hermanos
Hato Rey, PR 00918
Tel. (787) 753-6144 / 754-5803
Fax: (787) 764-1427
E-mail: Mrs. Lydia E. Sotomayor

Radicaci�n de Querellas
Se pueden radicar querellas de seguridad o salud visitando la Oficina de �rea correspondiente, comunic�ndose por v�a telef�nica o visitando la p�gina de OSHA en la siguiente direcci�n: OSHA, OSHA Offices, Workers Page.

Programas Voluntarios
Esta Divisi�n tiene como prop�sito primordial el asistir a los patronos en la identificaci�n y correcci�n de riesgos en los lugares de trabajo y el estimular a los patronos en el desarrollo y establecimiento de programas de seguridad y salud efectivos para proveer empleo y un sitio de empleo seguro y salubre a sus empleados.

Debido a que el servicio de consultor�a es voluntario, el patrono tiene que solicitar el servicio y comprometerse en cumplir ciertas obligaciones, siendo la responsabilidad principal que el patrono corrija todos los riesgos de seguridad y salud encontrados en la visita de consultor�a, dentro del per�odo de tiempo acordado. Este servicio se provee principalmente en el lugar de trabajo, pero tambi�n se ofrecen asesoramientos por tel�fono y en nuestra Oficina.

Adem�s, la Divisi�n de Programas Voluntarios ofrece la oportunidad a aquellos patronos l�deres en el campo de la Seguridad y Salud de participar en los Programas Voluntarios de Protecci�n (PVP). El prop�sito de los PVP es enfatizar la importancia, promover el mejoramiento, y reconocer la excelencia de los programas de seguridad y salud ocupacional provistos por los patronos con la participaci�n activa de los empleados. Existen tres categor�as: Guan�n, Cem� y Ta�no.

Guan�n
Desarrollado para lugares de trabajo con programas de seguridad y salud comprensivos y exitosos. Este programa est� disponible a cualquier industria y a compa��as con una incidencia de lesiones e incidencia de casos con d�as de trabajo perdidos en o bajo el promedio nacional para ese tipo de industria. Los participantes del programa Guan�n son evaluados en el lugar de trabajo cada tres a�os, aunque sus promedios de lesiones son revisados anualmente.

Cem�
Desarrollado para lugares de trabajo con el potencial y compromiso de alcanzar la calidad de Programa Guan�n. Este programa est� disponible a lugares de trabajo con promedios de lesiones sobre el promedio nacional para ese tipo de industria. Los participantes del Programa Cem� son evaluados en el lugar de trabajo anualmente. El cumplimiento exitoso con el Programa Cem� asegura la elegibilidad para el Programa Guan�n.

Ta�no
Desarrollado para patronos con 100 empleados o menos que desean participar en el Programa Guan�n o Programa Cem�, pero no tienen experiencia ni recursos t�cnicos disponibles y requieren direcci�n y asesoramiento especial para alcanzar, por lo menos, la calidad Cem�. Este programa est� disponible para lugares de trabajo con un programa escrito de seguridad y salud que cubra tres elementos b�sicos:
liderato gerencial, participaci�n de los empleados y adiestramientos sobre seguridad y salud. Los participantes del Programa Ta�no son evaluados anualmente. El cumplimiento exitoso con las metas impuestas puede conducirlo hacia el Programa Guan�n o Cem�. La Divisi�n, tambi�n, ofrece una serie de actividades educativas en el campo de la seguridad y salud ocupacional, tales como: talleres, seminarios y conferencias.

El patrono puede solicitar gratuitamente cualesquiera de los servicios que ofrece la Divisi�n de Programas Voluntarios a la siguiente direcci�n:
Departamento del Trabajo
Administraci&oacuten de Seguridad y Salud Ocupacional (PR OSHA)
Divisi�n de Programas Voluntarios
Ave. Mu�oz Rivera 505
Hato Rey, PR 00918
Tels. (787) 754-2172, 754-2186
Programa de Ascensores y Calderas
Este programa funciona bajo unas reglas especiales independientes. Tiene como prop�sito primordial asegurar que las calderas y recipientes a presi�n, ascensores y equipos relacionados sean manufacturados, instalados, operados y reparados, de manera que ofrezcan seguridad a los trabajadores.

Adem�s, provee los mecanismos para otorgar licencia a los inspectores privados de calderas y recipientes a presi�n, ascensores y equipo relacionado, y administra la Ley 55 del 4 de agosto de 1977 para otorgar licencia a los inspectores de gr�as.

Dentro de este programa se llevan a cabo las siguientes actividades: bulletInvestigaci�n de accidentes y querellas bulletInspecci�n de seguridad bulletInspecci�n de dise�o y construcci�n bulletSeminarios y Conferencias Cualquier informaci�n o servicio que necesite del Programa de Ascensores y Calderas puede solicitarlos a la siguiente direcci�n:
Departamento del Trabajo
Administraci&oacuten de Seguridad y Salud Ocupacional (PR OSHA)
Programa de Ascensores y Calderas
Ave. Mu�oz Rivera 505, Hato Rey, PR 00918
Tels. (787) 754-2172, 754-2186
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