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Puerto Rico: Health and safety

Original authors: Shiara Diloné-Fernández, Elizabeth Pérez-Lleras, Littler.

Updating author: Edwin J. Seda-Fernández, Adsuar Muñiz Goyco Seda & Pérez-Ochoa, P.S.C.

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  • Local Puerto Rico law on health and safety at work is very similar to the relevant US federal law. (See General)
  • Employers must provide all employees with employment, and a place of employment, free from recognised hazards. They have various specific statutory health and safety duties, while employees also have certain obligations in this area. (See Duties on employers and employees)
  • Employers have no statutory obligation to appoint a safety representative, and employees have no statutory entitlement to elect or appoint such representatives. (See Safety representatives)
  • The main body responsible for monitoring and enforcing compliance with health and safety law is the Puerto Rico Occupational Safety and Health Administration. (See Enforcement and penalties)
  • All employers are required by law to insure their employees against the risk of work-related accidents and occupational illnesses by means of an insurance policy with the public Puerto Rico State Insurance Fund Corporation. (See Compensation for occupational injury or illness)