Region 2 - Alliance Annual Report - January 18, 2007

Department of Professional Development and Continued Education of the Professional College of Engineers and Land Surveyors of Puerto Rico (CIAPR),

US Department of Labor – OSHA, Puerto Rico Area Office (PRAO),


PR Department of Labor, PR-OSHA

  1. Alliance Background

    Date Signed

    September 9, 2004 (Renewed on Aug 24, 2006)


    The purposes of this alliance are to improve workplace safety and health for workers in Puerto Rico and provide members of the CIAPR and others with information, guidance and access to training resources that will help them protect employees’ health and safety, particularly in reducing and preventing exposure to hazards in the construction industry.

    Implementation Team Members

    Magal González, Director Department of Professional Development and Continued Education, CIAPR

    Ilza Román, Director Consultation Division, PR-OSHA

    Madelline Medina, Compliance Assistance Specialist, Federal OSHA (PRAO)


    Evaluation Period

    September 30, 2005 to September 30, 2006

    Implementation Team Meetings

    October 3, 2005: In-person meeting
    February 7, 2006: In-person meeting
    August 24, 2006: In person meeting (Renewal)

  2. Events and Products

    Training and Education

    Develop and deliver training and education programs on occupational safety and health issues with a focus on construction industry hazards such as falls, electrical, struck by, caught by and in between.


    • Events

      Nov 17, 2005: Three-hour training session on Fall Protection in Construction. (PRAO)

      March 11, 2006: Six-hour training session on Stairways and Ladders, and Excavation, IIC. (PRAO)

      April 6, 2006: Three-hour training session on Recordkeeping and Reporting. (PRAO)

      May 3, 2006: Three-hour training session on Confined Spaces in Construction, IIC. (PRAO)

      May 16, 2006: Three-hour training session on Fall Protection in Construction, Bayamón Chapter. (PRAO)

      June 20, 2006: Three-hour training session on Confined Spaces in Construction, IIC. (PRAO)

      July 11, 2006: Three-hour training session on Scaffolding, IIC. (PRAO)

      July 18, 2006: Three-hour training session on Fall Protection in Construction, Humacao Chapter. (PRAO)

      Aug 15/23/30 Sept 5, 2006: 30hr Construction Course, IIC. (PRAO)

      Sep 14, 2006: Three-hour training session on Fall Protection in Construction, CIAPR. (PRAO)

    • Products

    Outreach and Communication

    Speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA’s, PR-OSHA’s or the CIAPR’s local conferences and meetings, or other outreach or educational events.

    • Events

      No activity was conducted on this goal.

    • Products

    Promoting the National Dialogue on Workplace Safety and Health

    Raise others’ awareness of and demonstrate their own commitment to workplace safety and health whenever the CIAPR leaders address groups.

    • Events

      CIAPR Annual Convention and Assembly, August 2-5, 2006:

    • Products

  3. Results

    The results of this alliance have been impressive. In the past two years, more than 500 professional engineers, engineers-in-training and other construction personnel have received training on fall protection, excavation safety, scaffolding and other important safety topics. In addition, the Civil Engineers Institute of the CIAPR presented OSHA's 30-hour construction course to 29 of its members.

    CIAPR’s Continued Education Division, through this Alliance, continues to qualify training sessions offered by PRAO’s CAS as continued education. This allows the courses on safety and health topics to be taught to practicing engineers, enhancing their awareness and knowledge of occupational hazards.


    Type of Activity (Conference, Training, Print and Electronic Distribution, etc.)

    Number of Individuals Reached or Trained (approx.)

    Training Fall Protection in Construction (3 contact-hours, four separate sessions)  260
    Training Stairways and Ladders; Excavation (6 contact-hours) 35
    Training Confined Spaces in Construction (3 contact-hours, 2 separate sessions) 60
    Training Recordkeeping and Reporting (3 contact-hours) 60
    Training Scaffolding (3 contact-hours) 65
    30-hr Construction Course 29
    TOTAL 509


  4. Upcoming Milestones

    1. To deliver a training and education program on heavy equipment accidents/fatalities [cranes/PITs] and their causes, to specifically address the increasing problem with this type of equipment in PR. Expected to be offered during 2nd Quarter of FY07.

    2. To continue offering seminar/training sessions on construction focused hazards and health related topics through Federal OSHA that would allow licensed engineers to enhance their occupational safety and health hazards awareness, at the same time they comply with the new CIAPR license renewal law requirements with regards to continued education contact-hours.