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Region 2 News Release:     04-1015-NEW / BOS 2004-136
Tuesday, June 24, 2004
Contact: John M. Chavez
Office: (617) 565-2075

OSHA Forms Workplace Safety and Health Alliance With SPPAPR in Puerto Rico

SAN JUAN, P.R. -- Improving workplace safety and health for workers in Puerto Rico is the goal of a new alliance between the U.S. Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Sociedad de Profesionales de Prevencin de Accidentes (SPPAPR) by its English acronym, or Society of Professionals for the Prevention of Accidents.

OSHA health and safety alliances are part of Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao's ongoing efforts to improve the health and safety of workers through cooperative partnerships.

The purpose of the alliance is to provide members of the SPPAPR and others with information, guidance and access to training resources that will help them protect employees' health and safety. Assistance will also be provided to members and nonmembers on implementing effective accident prevention programs at their worksites.

"This alliance is an example of Secretary Chao's commitment to find cooperative ways to improve the health and safety for all workers," said Patricia K. Clark, OSHA's Regional Administrator in New York. "We want to help educate employers and their workers to recognize and avoid hazards on the job."

The SPPAPR is a professional safety not-for-profit organization founded in 1952 and incorporated in Puerto Rico in 1955. It consists of over 400 members from the public, private and federal sectors. Since