total of 145 participants from 99 companies benefitted from the free on-line Basic Occupational Safety and Health (BOSH) Training for Safety Officers level 2 (SO2) conducted by the Occupational Safety and Health Center (OSHC) and Occupational Safety and Health Networks (OSHNets) this February. This includes the 53 new safety officers from 28 government agencies.

The free on-line BOSH for SO2 is primarily being offered by the OSHC for would-be safety officers from government agencies to help them comply with the requirements of the Civil Service Commission – Department of Labor and Employment – Department of Health Joint Memorandum Circular No. 1. The Guidelines require every government agency to have at least one trained safety officer.

“For a long time, the public sector has been behind in terms of work safety and health and now, we finally have our own OSH Standards to protect employees of government agencies from the risks and hazards in their workplaces. We want to equip those who would be designated as safety officers in implementing the provisions of the JMC No. 1,” said Occupational Safety and Health Center Executive Director Noel C. Binag, CE.

The OSHC will be conducting free on-line BOSH for SO2 for government workers with permanent plantilla positions duly endorsed by their human resource officers until December 2021.

Participants will be required to use laptop or desktop computers equipped with webcam and microphone. Updated computer softwares and a stable internet connection with a minimum speed of 3G and 8 GB of data allowance per day are also needed to join the training.

Interested parties may check the OSHC website – www.oshc.dole.gov.ph and Facebook page for schedules and registration links.

END/ DJ Romero