“I would like to thank everyone for being with us today for the first episode of our MagOSHUP Tayo! Webinar series which is a prelude to our 17th National Occupational Safety and Health Congress. Let us maximize this opportunity for us to improve our OSH programs and practices,” said Occupational Safety and Health Center (OSHC) Executive Director Noel C. Binag, CE during the opening of the webinar.

Some 460 participants attended the webinar while hundreds more watched via Facebook. The first episode of the MagOSH-UP Tayo! featured a discussion on Indoor Air Quality (IAQ). With most of us spending 90% of our time indoors (in our homes, inside vehicles and in office and public buildings), indoor air quality is an important factor to consider.

Ms. Janis Victoria A. Robles, industrial hygienist III of OSHC shared the findings of the US National Institute of Environment Health and Sciences showing indoor air pollution at the cause of 34% of strokes, 26% of ischemic heart diseases, 22% of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Diseases, 12% of acute lower respiratory infections in children, and 6% of lung cancer. Effects of poor IAQ include health conditions on the eyes, skin, lungs, hypersensitivity and allergic reactions, and infections. She also shared common sources of indoor air pollution in office buildings such as carpets, painted walls, adhesives in the wall papers and upholstery, photocopying machines, dry cleaning chemicals, cleaning solutions, perfumes, cigarette smoke, exhaled air and moisture in the airconditioner parts and HVAC system, walls and other places inside the building, as well as repair and remodeling work.

Ms. Robles also discussed how to identify, evaluate and control IAQ problems and how to develop a management plan to ensure clean air inside workplaces including the importance of air filters for air condition units and face masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in workplaces.

The next MagOSH-UP Tayo! webinar will feature PPE testing standards and will be held on June 11, 2021. This webinar series is designed to raise awareness on safety and health issues, government issuances and practical tips to improve safety and health in the workplace.

END/ DJ Romero