Some 100 employees from 40 government agencies 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) this April. They can now be designated as new safety officers in their respective agencies.

“For a very long time, the government has been lagging behind the private sector in terms of ensuring the safety and health of its employees. Finally last May 7, 2020, the CSC, DOH, and DOLE has signed the Civil Service Commission – Department of Labor and Employment – Department of Health Joint Memorandum Circular No. 1-2020 which aims to institutionalize OSH in government workplaces and to protect the public servants against the dangers of injury, sickness or death. These guidelines require all government agencies to establish their own OSH program, create their own OSH Committee, and designate or appoint a safety and health officer to ensure the promotion and effective implementation of OSH in their respective workplaces,” said OSHC Executive Director Noel C. Binag, CE. The OSHC has also equipped the Occupational Safety and Health Networks and DOLE-accredited Safety Training Organizations to conduct this training specifically designed for government safety officers.

The JMC No.1-2020 requires every government agency to have at least one trained safety officer, a safety and health committee and appropriate occupational safety and health (OSH) Programs. The OSHC was given the responsibility of planning, developing and implementing OSH training programs for government agencies to the OSHC.

Beginning last year, the OSHC has been conducting free on-line BOSH for SO2 for government workers and this program will continue until the end of 2021.

Participants must be duly endorsed by their human resource officers and 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 – and Facebook page for schedules and registration links.

END/ DJ Romero