“With the issuance of the Joint Memorandum Circular (JMC) No. 1 series of 2020 or the Guidelines on Occupational Safety and Health Standards for the Public Sector, government agencies need to have trained safety officers. More than the compliance, it is important for workers in the public sector to know how to protect themselves from   hazards and risks. We are grateful for the Civil Service Commission for their support in providing us with resource persons who discuss the important provisions of the JMC No. 1 during our online OSH trainings,” said Occupational Safety and Health Center (OSHC) Executive Director Noel C. Binag, CE.

A total of 202 would-be safety officers from 110 government agencies benefitted from the six batches of the 40-hour Basic Occupational Safety and Health (BOSH) Training conducted by the OSHC from September to November for free.

Under the JMC No. 1 series of 2020, the OSHC is tasked to plan, develop, and implement OSH training programs for government agencies.  As per this issuance, government agencies must establish their safety and health committees by November 2020.

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