A total of 44 new safety officers from 32 small and micro enterprises (SMEs) benefitted from the Basic Occupational Safety and Health (BOSH) Training for safety officers level 1 (SO1s) conducted by the Occupational Safety and Health Center (OSHC) Regional Extension Unit 6 in coordination with DOLE-Aklan Field Office, Boracay OSH Network (BOSHNET) and Boracay Foundation Inc.

The 1-day free training was conducted at Henann Regency Resort and Spa last December 2, 2022. It featured discussions on the importance of OSH, OSH situation in the Philippines, accident causation and prevention, benefits of having safety and health practices in the workplace, salient features of OSH legislations, administrative requirements, industrial hygiene and chemical safety, basic safety rules and measures, workplace emergency preparedness, hazards identification, risk assessment and control, and a two-hour training of trainers (TOT). The TOT is designed to equip the safety officer to provide OSH orientation to his fellow workers on the safety measures specific to their companies.

Under the DOLE Department Order No. 198 series of 2018 or the Implementing Rules and Regulations of RA 11058 (An Act Strengthening Compliance with Occupational Safety and Health Standards and Providing Penalties for Violations Thereof), companies, including SMEs must hire a sufficient number of safety officers based on the risk level of the establishment and number of workers.

Safety officers from bigger establishments with may avail of the OSH trainings from the DOLE-accredited safety training organizations authorized to conduct on-line mandatory OSH trainings. In addition,the OSHC has implemented interim accreditation guidelines to ensure that the DOLE -accredited safety training organizations are able to deliver the same quality of OSH trainings in both face-to face and on-line platforms.

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

END/ PJequinto with inputs from MMelocoton