The Occupational Safety and Health Center (OSHC) and Occupational Safety and Health Networks (OSHNets) in Regions 1, 2, 5, 6, and 9 conducted five batches of the Basic Occupational Safety and Health (BOSH) Training for safety officers level 1 (SO1s) this January. A total of 234 new safety officers from 175 companies benefitted from these trainings.

The 10-hour BOSH for SO1 features discussions on the importance of OSH, OSH situation in the Philippines, accident causation and prevention, benefits of having safety and health practices in the workplace, salient features of OSH legislations, administrative requirements, industrial hygiene and chemical safety, basic safety rules and measures, workplace emergency preparedness, hazards identification, risk assessment and control, and a two-hour training of trainers (TOT). The TOT is designed to equip the safety officer to provide OSH orientation to his fellow workers on the safety measures specific to their companies.

Under the DOLE Department Order No. 198 series of 2018 or the Implementing Rules and Regulations of RA 11058 (An Act Strengthening Compliance with Occupational Safety and Health Standards and Providing Penalties for Violations Thereof), safety officers (SOs) must be hired by all companies, including the small and micro enterprises based on the risk level of the establishment and number of workers.

Workers may be designated as SOs after they are trained by DOLE or any DOLE-Accredited Training Organization and will then be tasked by the employer to implement an OSH program suited to the company they are working for.

END/DJ Romero