“We hope that this is the start of establishing the culture of safety and health in the public sector. We are grateful to have imparted much needed information in identifying the hazards and risks in their workplaces, measures to mitigate these, and helping them develop their safety and health policies,” said Occupational Safety and Health Center Executive Director Noel C. Binag, CE.

The OSHC conducted the first batch of free on-line 40-hour Basic Occupational Safety and Health (BOSH) Training for future safety officers in the public sector on September 14-18, 2020. Representatives from 14 different government agencies participated in the training.

According to the CSC-DOH-DOLE Joint Memorandum Circular No. 1 series of 2020 or the Guidelines on Occupational Safety and Health Standards for the Public Sector, every government agency is required to have at least one trained safety officer. It also bestowed the responsibility of planning, developing and implementing OSH training programs for government agencies to the OSHC.

The BOSH Training for the public sector featured lectures and workshops on the safety and health hazards; roles of safety officers; hazard identification, risk assessment, and control; work environment measurement; development of control measures; accident causation and investigation; OSH program development; workplace emergency preparedness; Covid-19 response in the workplace; and the Employees Compensation Program. A two-hour training of trainers was also included to enable the participants to communicate and impart OSH knowledge to their colleagues.

Participants gave good feedback on the training they received.  According to one of them, “…all topics are relevant and all the speakers know their topics very well.  Also, the method of delivery was well-planned and supported.” Another said that “the lectures are very educational and practical not only in the workplace but also applicable to any place.” 

The OSHC will be conducting seven more batches of free online BOSH for government workers with permanent plantilla positions duly endorsed by their human resource management office.

END/ DJ Romero