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A total of 477 new safety officers from 239 companies benefitted from the 10 batches of Construction Occupational Safety and Health (COSH) Training held in cooperation with the Occupational Safety and Health Networks (OSHNets) this July. 

The COSH Training is one of the 40-hour mandatory trainings for all safety officers in the construction industry. As required by the Occupational Safety and Health Standards and DOLE Department Order 13, a sufficient number of trained safety officers must be employed by all construction companies.The number of safety officers depends on the number of workers for every shift.

This requirement is reinforced by the Memorandum of Agreement – Joint Administrative Order on Construction Safety signed by the DOLE, Professional Regulation Commission, and the Departments of Public Works and Highways, Interior and Local Government, and Trade and Industry (Construction Manpower Development Foundation, Philippine Contractors Accreditation Board) in 2011.

END/DJ Romero