In the study of the Occupational Safety and Health Center (OSHC) on the Implementation of Chemical Safety Program among Accredited Treatment, Storage, and Disposal (TSD) Facilities, it has been revealed that there is a need for a stronger implementation of the DOLE DO 136-14 in TSDs and a better information drive on chemical safety and occupational safety and health to ensure workers are kept safe and healthy.

Despite the fact that, on the average, TSDs have existing Chemical Safety Programs, and provide personal protective equipment for their employees, their workers continue to face health hazards coming from hazardous wastes during the treatment, storage and disposal activities. Most of them are exposed to dust, solvents, acids and metal fumes, as well as physical hazards like noise, poor illumination, and inadequate ventilation. Moreover, ergonomics was also found to be a concern for the workers.

This study aimed to determine the compliance of the different DENR-Accredited TSD facilities with regard to the implementation of the Chemical Safety Program in the workplace through questionnaires and face-to-face interviews.

END/DJ Romero