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Puerto Rico State Plan

Puerto Rico State Plan

Puerto Rico State Plan

[Puerto Rico State Plan Website]
Overview
  • Initial Approval: August 15, 1977
  • State Plan Certification: August 5, 1982
  • 18(e) Final Approval: N/A

The Puerto Rico Occupational Safety and Health Administration (PR OSHA) is part of the Puerto Rico Department of Labor and Human Resources which is headed by the Secretary. PR OSHA's main office is located in Hato Rey, Puerto Rico. There are six other area offices in the territory.

Jurisdiction

The Puerto Rico State Plan applies to all state and local government employers and private sector employers in the state, with the exception of federal agencies; maritime employers such as shipyards, marine terminals, and longshoring; military facilities; and the United States Postal Service (USPS).

Unique State Plan Standards and Regulations

State Plans must set workplace safety and health standards that are "at least as effective" as OSHA standards. State Plans may promulgate standards that are more stringent than the comparable federal standards or promulgate standards covering hazards not addressed by federal standards. PR OSHA has identically adopted all OSHA standards and regulations applicable to state and local government and private sector employment with minor revisions to the Recordkeeping Rule. In addition, PR OSHA has enacted a regulation to address workplace violence situations, specifically implementing procedures for handling domestic violence incidents in the workplace.

Enforcement Programs

Puerto Rico's Bureau of Inspections, with its central office in Hato Rey, is responsible for the enforcement of safety and health standards in the Commonwealth. PR OSHA has safety and health specialists in its six area offices who conduct inspections at private sector and state and local government workplaces. PR OSHA maintains the Field Operations Manual (FOM) which provides policy and procedural guidance for its enforcement program. More information can be found on the Puerto Rico State Plan website.

Voluntary and Cooperative Programs

PR OSHA offers voluntary and cooperative programs focused on reducing injuries, illnesses, and fatalities. PR OSHA also offers on-site consultation services which help employers — both state and local government and private sector — comply with PR OSHA and/or OSHA standards and identify and correct potential safety and health hazards. For more information on these programs, please visit the Puerto Rico State Plan website.

Informal Conferences and Appeals

The Puerto Rico Act allows employers the right of administrative review of citations, abatement requirements, and proposed penalties, and worker review of abatement dates by a hearing examiner appointed by the Secretary. For more information on these proceedings, please visit the Puerto Rico State Plan website.

Contact Information

Puerto Rico Department of Labor and Human Resources
  • Vance Thomas Rider, Secretary of Labor
  • Prudencio Rivera Martinez Building, 21st Floor
  • 505 Muñoz Rivera Avenue
  • Hato Rey, Puerto Rico 00918
  • (787) 754-2119
  • (787) 753-9550

Puerto Rico Occupational Safety and Health Administration (PR OSHA)
  • Jose Israel Droz Alvarado, Assistant Secretary of Labor
  • Prudencio Rivera Martinez Building, 20th Floor
  • 505 Muñoz Rivera Avenue
  • Hato Rey, Puerto Rico 00918
  • (787) 754-2172
  • (787) 767-6051
  • Mailing Address:
  • PO Box 195540
  • San Juan, PR 00919-5540

Disclaimer

OSHA makes every effort to ensure that the information on this page is accurate and up to date, but changes in state law and procedures affecting the information on this page are beyond OSHA's control. Contact state program staff directly to verify important information.

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