“Work safety and health training is more important now as we continue to battle with the pandemic and the other hazards and risks in the workplace. Aside from preventing Covid-19 infection, we also need to ensure that workers are protected from risks inherent in job sites, especially in highly hazardous industries like construction,” said Occupational Safety and Health Center Executive Director Noel C. Binag, CE.

The OSHC and Occupational Safety and Health Networks (OSHNETs) in all regions have trained a total of 1,410 new safety officers from 588 construction companies from January to December. This includes 52 students from Bicol.

The COSH Training is the 40-hour mandatory training required for safety officer level 2 (SO2) in the construction industry. This five-day training features lectures and workshops on OSH programming, policies and guidelines and its implementation and reinforcement; importance of safety and health; safety in construction site premises; excavation and demolition; roles of safety officers; toolbox meetings; job hazard analysis; accident investigation and OSH legislation; Employees Compensation Program; and Emergency Preparedness.

The OSHC has developed on-line modules for the mandatory OSH trainings to enable the provision of training services while ensuring the protection of training participants and resource persons. The skills development and on-site visits which were part of the face-to face trainings were converted into video-assisted workshops to maintain active interaction among the participants and resource persons. All mandatory OSH trainings now include a module on the prevention and control of Covid-19. Under the DOLE Department Order 198 series of 2018 – the IRR of RA 11058 – a sufficient number of safety officers (SOs) with the appropriate level must be hired by all companies, including the small and micro enterprises, based on the risk level of the establishment and number of workers. Because the construction industry is classified as high risk, the minimum SO level required for companies in this industry is SO2.

1 – 9 One SO1 One SO1 One SO2
10 – 50 One SO2 One SO3
51 – 99 One SO2 One SO2 and One SO3
100 – 199 One SO2 and One SO3
200 – 250 Two SO2 or One SO3 Two SO3
251 – 500 Two SO3 One SO2 and two SO3
500 – 750 Two SO2 and one SO3
751 – 1000 Two SO3
Every additional 250 or fraction thereof Additional one SO3 or SO4
Every additional 500 or fraction thereof Additional one SO3 Additional one SO3 or SO4

END/ DJ Romero