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.
The Puerto Rico State Plan applies to all public 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).
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 public 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.
The Bureau of Inspection, 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 and public sector 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.
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 public and private — comply with PR OSHA 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.
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.
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