Region 2 - Alliance Annual Report - November 16, 2010

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

November 16, 2010

  1. Alliance Background

    Date Signed

    September 9, 2004


    August 24, 2006
    October 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 (DPD&CE), CIAPR

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


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

    Evaluation Period

    October 1, 2009 to October 15, 2010

    Implementation Team Meetings

    Frequent communication was held through e-mails and telephone with the Director of the Department of PD&CE – CIAPR.
    • Face-to-face meeting at CIAPR, 10/15/2010
  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
      • Electricity and Residential Electrical Wiring– November 2009
      • OSHA Construction Basics - February 2010
      • Legal Aspects in Construction – March 2010
    • Products


    Outreach and Communication

    Work with OSHA to provide expertise in developing information on the recognition and prevention of workplace hazards, and to provide expertise in developing ways of communicating such information to employers and employees in the industry.
    • Events
      • 10 hr Outreach Training Program for Construction – October 2009
      • PR OSHA Update: New trends – November 2009
      • OSHA Outreach Training Program Construction – December 2009
      • OSHA Outreach Training Program for Construction – August 2010
    • Products

    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

      CIAPR Annual Convention and Assembly, August 5-7, 2010.

    • Products

    Promoting the National Dialogue on Workplace Safety and Health

    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

      OSHA participated in the Alliances and Partnerships Participants Association (APPA) meetings that have being held during CY 2010. APPA is in charge of developing, coordinating and celebrating the 2nd Annual Safety and Health Conference of Puerto Rico; PRAO, PR-OSHA and the Puerto Rico Federal Safety and Health Council have joined together to co-sponsor 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 continued to make the courses and seminars offered by PRAO available to professionals other than engineers in training and professional engineers, expanding the Agency’s outreach efforts throughout the various industries. Over 4,000 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.)

    10hr OSHA Construction Course


    PR OSHA Update  


    Electricity and Electrical Wiring Residential


    OSHA Outreach Training Program Construction


    OSHA Construction Basics


    10 hr Construction Industry


    Safety Legal Aspects in Construction


    OSHA Outreach Training Program for Construction




    * All in Spanish

  4. Upcoming Milestones
    1. 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.
    2. To renew the alliance during 1st/2nd Q FY 11.
    3. Through the Institute of Industrial Engineers, to hold the 1st CIAPR Safety Week of Puerto Rico - February 2011.
    4. To include occupational safety and health articles, at least monthly, as part of the CIAPR TecnoMundo e-newsletter. The e-newsletter is available through Internet to CIAPR members and the general public.