In its endeavor to promote occupational safety and health program and to increase worker’s knowledge and skills on occupational safety and health at the workplace, the Department of Labor and Employment – National Capital Region (DOLE-NCR) through its Makati-Pasay Field Office (MPFO) conducted a free Online Basic Occupational Safety and Health (BOSH) training under Workers Organization Development Program (WODP).

Said training was specifically for Safety Officer 1 in accordance with the requirements set under Department Order No. 203, series of 2019 or also known as Amending the Guidelines for Accessing the Funds of the Workers Organization Development Program (WODP). Participants who were granted with free slots on a first-come, first-served basis came from different labor unions under the jurisdiction of DOLE-NCR MPFO.

Topics discussed were the following: Introduction to Occupational Safety and Health (OSH); General Concepts on OSH; Definition of OSH Terms with examples; Basic Safety Rules and Measures; Hazards Identification, Risk Assessment and Control (HIRAC); Workplace Emergency Preparedness; Administrative OSH Requirements and Training of Trainers.

Considered as experts in their respective fields, the presentation and lectures for the three (3) batches of training activities were discussed by Deputy Executive Director, Engr. Jose Maria S. Batino of the Occupational Safety and Health Center (OSHC) and OSH Consultants, Rogelio J. Custodio and Maricar Bacani.

In his message of support, DOLE-NCR Assistant Regional Director, Atty. Russell A. Jallorina encouraged participants to take advantage of the free BOSH training and reminded attendees to apply all their learnings in their respective workplaces. He also lauded the efforts of DOLE-NCR MPFO in pursuing the activity for all union officers and members.

“I hope our participants are attending the training not only for the sake of attending, though its free, and you need the certificate, pero isipin sana natin na buhay at kaligtasan ang pinag-uusapan. Hindi pwedeng ang buhay at kaligtasan ay idadaan lang natin sa chance. Kapag may nangyari ay hindi na natin pwedeng ibalik.” Atty. Jallorina said.

“Challenges in OSH are preventable and taking safety precautions are very important. And it’s better to be prepared and nothing untoward will happen, than to be unprepared and something untoward happens to you,” he added.

Meanwhile, DOLE-NCR MPFO OIC-Director, Atty. Olivia O. Obrero-Samson, emphasized that the purpose of the training is to promote occupational safety and health in the workplace and to help the establishments address the three common issues noted during the conduct of labor inspections, such as: 1) lack or absence of safety officer; 2) certified first aider, and 3) non-registration of establishments under Rule 1020.

“If only to mention, a number of establishments are not able to correct the noted violations within the ninety-day remediation period, and alam naman natin ang repercussion kapag hindi nakapag-comply ang mga employers,” said OIC-Director Obrero-Samson.

“It calls for the imposition of administrative fines for willful failure or refusal to comply with OSH standards, pursuant to Department Order No. 198-18,” she added, referring to the Implementing Rules and Regulations of Republic Act No. 11058 Entitled “An Act Strengthening Compliance with Occupational Safety and Health Standards and Providing Penalties for Violations Thereof”.

As part of the requirements, the 150 participants from different union groups who attended the virtual training activities from June 15 to 23, 2021 shall submit their re-entry plan matrix prior to the issuance of certificate as Safety Officer 1.

END / Sarah May Asaytuno