In a bid to improve the guidelines for the accreditation the Occupational Safety and Health Center (OSHC) held the first of a series of on-line consultations for DOLE accredited occupational safety and health practitioners today, July 16, 2020.

“Today’s meeting is very important because the inputs will be used in the preparation and finalizing the procedural guidelines for everyone to follow,” said OSHC Executive Director Noel C. Binag, CE. “With this consultative meeting, we aim to make the accreditation process simpler and better and hopefully, this will encourage more to become OSH professionals and OSH Champions,” he added.

 Beginning in May 2020, the OSHC has begun accepting applications for accreditation on-line albeit using the Accreditation guidelines which have been implemented since 2003. “It is it really is high time to update the guidelines to come up with a better and uniform procedure for accreditation,” said Mr. German Eser, Jr., chief of the OSHC’s Training and Public Information Division. Eser discussed the checklist of requirements, the salient provisions of the Accreditation Guidelines, and the changes brought about the RA 11058 and DOLE D.O. 198-18, and its effects to the process of accreditation.

The chiefs of the Environment, Health and Safety Control Divisions on the other hand discussed the advanced and specialized trainings which may be undertaken by safety officers applying to become OSH practitioners in the different industries. Under the existing Accreditation Guidelines, safety practitioners are required to complete 48 hours of advanced OSH training.

The OSH practitioners who participated in the consultation gave suggestions to upgrade the safety profession as well as ways to streamline the accreditation process.

More on-line consultations will be held in other regions to solicit more input to craft the procedural guidelines for the accreditation of OSH Practitioners, Consultants and Safety Training Organizations.

END/ DJ Romero