The Occupational Safety and Health Center (OSHC) and Occupational Safety and Health Networks (OSHNets) have trained a total of 380 new safety officers level 1 (SO1s) from 170 establishments this March.

The BOSH for SO1 Training is the 10-hour mandatory training for SO1s which features eight hours of lectures, and workshops on basic work safety and health and a two-hour training of trainers which is designed to enable the safety officer to discuss and impart information on the hazards and risks in their respective workplaces to their colleagues.

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. The SOs are now classified in four levels: SO1, SO2, SO3 and SO4.

Under the RA 11058 or “An Act Strengthening Compliance with Occupational Safety and Health Standards and Providing Penalties for Violations Thereof”, a sufficient number of safety officers with the appropriate level must be employed by all companies depending of the level of risk and number of workers for every shift.

END/ DJ Romero