Region 2 - Alliance Annual Report - October 16, 2009

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

    Originally signed on Sep 9, 2004
    First renewed on Aug 24, 2006
    Second renewal on Oct 27, 2008


    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

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


    Luderis Berríos, Civil Engineers Institute – CIAPR
    José González, Caguas Chapter, CIAPR

    Evaluation Period

    October 1, 2008 to October 15, 2009

    Implementation Team Meetings

    Frequent communication was held through e-mails and telephone with the Director of the Department of PD&CE – CIAPR.

  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
      • 30 hr construction industry course – June 2009
      • Excavation and Soil Mechanics – September 2009
      • Focused Inspections – September 2009
      • Hazard Communication – September 2009
      • 10hr Construction Industry Course – October
    • 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

      Annual Convention and Assembly, August 6-8, 2009.

    • 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

      Participated in the Alliances and Partnerships Participants Association (APPA) meetings that have being held during CY 2009. APPA is in charge of developing, coordinating and celebrating the 1st Annual Safety and Health Conference of Puerto Rico; PRAO, PR-OSHA and the Puerto Rico Federal Safety and Health Council has joined together to co-sponsored the Conference, which is being organized by representatives of alliances and partnerships signed with PRAO. CIAPR is promoting the Conference among its more than 15,000 members.

    • Products
  3. Results

    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.

    In addition, CIAPR has opened the courses and seminars offered by PRAO to professionals other than engineers in training and professional engineers, expanding the Agency’s outreach efforts throughout the various industries. Over 3,000 engineers and professionals from the construction and general industries have been trained or reached since the initial signing of this Alliance in September 2004.


    Type of Activity (Conference, Training, Print and Electronic Distribution, etc.) * Number of Individuals Reached or Trained (approx.)
    30hr Construction Industry 22 trained
    Excavation and Soil Mechanics 62 trained
    Focused Inspections 58 trained
    Hazard Communication 60 trained
    10 hr Construction Industry 15 trained
    CIAPR Annual Convention 500+
    TOTAL 717+

    * All in Spanish

  4. Upcoming Milestones

    • 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 concerning continued education contact-hours.
    • To participate regularly in the CIAPR’s radio programming on topics related to workplace safety and health.
    • To renew the alliance during 1stQ FY 11.