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Region 2 News Release: 08-222-NEW/BOS 2008-044
Wed., Feb. 20, 2008
Contact: Ted Fitzgerald
Phone: 617-565-2074

U.S. Labor Department's OSHA forms innovative alliance with Puerto Rico Shipping Association to improve safety for employees in maritime industry

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- A new, innovative alliance signed today between the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Puerto Rico Shipping Association (PRSA) seeks to reduce hazards and injuries, and to increase safety awareness for employees and employers in Puerto Rico's maritime industry.

"The alliance will provide PRSA members and others with training and information to protect employees against hazards common in the maritime industry," said Louis Ricca Jr., OSHA's acting regional administrator in New York. "This innovative effort will utilize OSHA's new maritime safety course as well as develop new training materials."

Jos A. Carpena, OSHA's area director in San Juan, added: "Knowledge is the most important tool an employee can possess. The ability to identify and eliminate hazards before he or she gets hurt will reduce injuries and their associated human and financial costs, enhance productivity, and increase employee morale."

Under the alliance, OSHA and PRSA, which represents 35 employers in the territory's maritime industry, will work together to develop a curriculum for accident prevention training for maritime supervisors, deliver the OSHA's new 10-hour course in maritime safety and establish a safety syllabus for