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The Puerto Rico Occupational Safety and Health Administration (PR OSHA), the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the Graduate School of Public Health - Medical Sciences Campus- University of Puerto Rico (GSPH-MSC-UPR), and the American Industrial Hygiene Association - Puerto Rico Local Chapter (AIHA-PR) recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. PR OSHA, OSHA, GSPH-MSC-UPR, and AIHA-PR hereby form an Alliance to provide AIHA-PR members 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 occupational health hazards in the general industry sector, such as: ergonomics, indoor air quality, noise, and airborne contaminants.

PR OSHA, OSHA, GSPH-MSC-UPR, and AIHA-PR will work together to achieve the following training and education goals:

  • Work with PR OSHA, OSHA to provide expertise to develop training and education programs for the general industry sector regarding industrial hygiene areas such as ergonomics, indoor air quality, noise evaluation and control and airborne contaminants evaluation control, and to provide expertise in communicating such information to employers and employees in the industry.

  • Deliver or arrange for the delivery of industrial hygiene related courses, such as industrial ventilation, ergonomics, noise evaluation and control and indoor air quality.

  • Deliver or arrange for the delivery of Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) and Certified Safety Professional (CSP) Preparatory Courses for AIHA members, safety and health professionals, and students, to enhance the safety and health profession in Puerto Rico.

  • Work with PR OSHA, and OSHA to provide expertise to develop workplace safety and health curricula on industrial hygiene related topics, such as ergonomics, indoor air quality, noise evaluation and control, and airborne contaminants evaluation and control.

PR OSHA, OSHA, GSPH-MSC-UPR, and AIHA-PR will work together to achieve the following outreach and communication goals:

  • Work with PR OSHA, and 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 (e.g. print and electronic media, electronic assistance tools and OSHA's web site) to employers and employees in the industry.

  • Speak, exhibit, or appear at PR OSHA's, OSHA's, GSPH-MSC-UPR, or AIHA-PR's conferences, local meetings, or other occupational health and safety events, such as the Annual Puerto Rico Federal Safety and Health Congress & Expo, and PR OSHA's Occupational Safety and Health Conference.

  • Promote and encourage AIHA-PR members' participation in PR OSHA's, and OSHA's cooperative programs such as compliance assistance, the Voluntary Protection Program, Consultation, and the Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program as applicable in their respective jurisdiction.

  • Encourage AIHA-PR's members to build relationships with OSHA's Regional and Area Office, and PR-OSHA to address health and safety issues as applicable in their respective jurisdiction. This includes the promotion of nationally recognized professional certifications in safety and health, such as the Certified Safety Professional (CSP) and Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) certifications authorized by the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP) and the American Board of Industrial Hygiene (ABIH), respectively.

PR OSHA, OSHA, GSPH-MSC-UPR, and AIHA-PR will work together to achieve the following goals related to promoting the national dialogue on workplace safety and health:

  • Raise others' awareness and demonstrate their own commitment to workplace safety and health whenever AIHA-PR leaders address industrial hygiene professional groups.

  • Convene or participate in forums, round table discussions, or stakeholder meetings on health hazards such as indoor air quality, ergonomics noise and airborne contaminants to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace or to provide input on safety and health issues.

PR OSHA, OSHA's Alliances provide parties an opportunity to participate in a voluntary cooperative relationship with PR-OSHA, and OSHA as applicable in their respective jurisdiction for purposes such as training and education, outreach and communication and promoting a national dialogue on workplace safety and health. These Alliances have proved to be valuable tools for both OSHA and its Alliance participants. By entering into an Alliance with a party, PR-OSHA, and OSHA are not endorsing any of that party's products or services; nor do the Agencies enter into an Alliance with the purpose of promoting a particular party's products or services.

An implementation team made up of representatives of all four organizations will meet to develop a plan of action, determine working procedures, and identify the roles and responsibilities of the participants. In addition, they will meet at least quarterly to track and share information on activities and results in achieving the goals of the Alliance. Team members will include representatives of PR OSHA, New York Regional Administrator, the PR Area Office, GSPH-MSC-UPR, and AIHA.

This agreement will remain in effect for two years. Any signatory may terminate it for any reason at any time, provided they give 30 days written notice. This agreement may be modified at any time with the concurrence of all signatories.





José I. Droz-Alvarado
Assistant Secretary
Puerto Rico Occupational Safety and Health Administration




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Patricia K. Clark
Regional Administrator
Occupational Safety and Health Administration




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Rosa Pérez-Perdomo; MD, PhD, MPH
Dean, Faculty of Biosocial Sciences and Graduate School of Public Health
Medical Sciences Campus
University of Puerto Rico




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Josè A. Carpena; PE
Area Director
PR OSHA Area Office




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Fernando Cordero; MS, CIH, CSP
President
AIHA-PR




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