“We are grateful to the Civil Service Commission for partnering with us in training safety officers in the government sector. Their support in providing resource persons in our on-line OSH Trainings has invaluably contributed to raising the awareness and understanding of government employees in work safety and health and the salient provisions of the Joint Memorandum Circular (JMC) No. 1 series of 2020 or the Guidelines on Occupational Safety and Health Standards for the Public Sector,” said Occupational Safety and Health Center (OSHC) Executive Director Noel C. Binag, CE.

A total of 250 would-be safety officers from 134 government agencies benefitted from the seven batches of the 40-hour Basic December for free. The OSHC will be conducting another batch on December 14-18, 2020 and more batches for 2021.

The BOSH Training for the public sector featured lectures and workshops on the safety and health hazards; roles of safety officers; hazard identification, risk assessment, and control; work environment measurement; development of control measures; accident causation and investigation; OSH program development; workplace emergency preparedness; Covid-19 response in the workplace; and the Employees Compensation Program. A two-hour training of trainers was also included to enable the participants to communicate and impart OSH knowledge to their colleagues.

Under the CSC-DOH-DOLE JMC No. 1, government agencies need to have trained safety officers, an OSH Committee and OSH programs to ensure the safety and health of government employees. The OSHC is tasked to plan, develop, and implement OSH training programs for government agencies. 

The OSHC has also been conducting a series of webinars on OSHS for the public sector which feature lectures and discussions on working conditions and emergency preparedness, safety and health committee development of OSH policies, handling of hazardous chemicals and materials, OSH trainings, and sharing of best practices.

All OSHC trainings are conducted on-line to keep both the participants and staff safe from Covid-19.

END/ DJ Romero