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Region 2 News Release
09-645-NEW/BOS 2009-302
Sept. 22, 2009
Contact: Ted Fitzgerald
Phone: 617-565-2074

U.S. Labor Department's OSHA, Puerto Rico OSHA and the University of the Sacred Heart renew safety and health alliance

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has renewed an alliance with the University of the Sacred Heart (USH) and the Puerto Rico Occupational Safety and Health Administration (PR OSHA) to enhance the safety and health of USH employees and students.

The alliance seeks to provide information, guidance and access to training resources to USH members and others that will help them reduce and prevent their exposure to physical, chemical and biological work hazards. OSHA, PR OSHA and USH also will work together on specific issues and projects regarding construction and general industry safety and health that are developed and addressed through the alliance.

"The original alliance resulted in education, training and outreach activities that benefitted workers and students," said Robert Kulick, OSHA's regional administrator in New York. "Now, we will build on that earlier alliance to reach more workers, students and others with important safety and health information."

"This alliance emphasizes that knowledge is a key tool in achieving a safe and healthful workplace," said Jos A. Carpena, OSHA's area director in Puerto Rico. "Those who are able to better identify hazards will be better able to remove those hazards before they result in injury or illness."

Among the goals of the renewed alliance are the development of a public service announcement for the Hispanic community that will emphasize a preventive approach to safety and health risks, delivery of OSHA 10-hour safety courses and the one-day OSHA safety and health management system course, and a series of educational activities to increase awareness about hazards encountered by young workers.

Signatories to the alliance are OSHA's Kulick and Carpena; PR OSHA Assistant Secretary Gladys Cruz Mercado; and USH President Dr. Jos Jaime Rivera. Additional information about this and other OSHA alliances in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands may be obtained by calling OSHA's Puerto Rico Area Office in Guaynabo at 787-277-1560.

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing a safe and healthful workplace for their workers. OSHA's role is to promote the safety and health of America's working men and women by setting and enforcing standards; providing training, outreach and education; establishing partnerships; and encouraging continual process improvement in workplace safety and health. OSHA encourages effective safety and health management systems as a means by which employers and employees can work together to identify and eliminate work-related hazards. For more information, visit http://www.osha.gov.

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