A total of 178 workers from employees from 45 government agencies, 49 hotel establishments, and 30 enterprises from the audio visual industry 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 May. They can now be designated as new safety officers in their respective agencies.

The BOSH Training is one of the 40-hour mandatory trainings for safety officer level 2 (SO2). Under the RA 11058 or “An Act Strengthening Compliance with Occupational Safety and Health Standards and Providing Penalties for Violations Thereof”, a sufficient number of safety officers with the appropriate level must be employed by all companies depending on the risk level of the company and number of workers for every shift.

1 – 9 One SO1 One SO1 One SO2
10 – 50 One SO2 One SO3
51 – 99 One SO2 One SO2 and One SO3
100 – 199 One SO2 and One SO3
200 – 250 Two SO2 or One SO3 Two SO3
251 – 500 Two SO3 One SO2 and two SO3
500 – 750 Two SO2 and one SO3
751 – 1000 Two SO3
Every additional 250 or fraction thereof Additional one SO3 or SO4
Every additional 500 or fraction thereof Additional one SO3 Additional one SO3 or SO4

Workers may be designated as SOs after they are trained by DOLE or any DOLE-Accredited Training Organization and will then be tasked by the employer to implement an OSH program suited to the company they are working for. The SOs are now classified in four levels: SO1s are those who have completed the mandatory eight-hour OSH orientation course as prescribed in the OSH standards and a two-hour trainers’ training; SO2s are those who have completed the mandatory forty 40-hour OSH training course applicable to the industry as prescribed in the OSH standards; SO3s are those who have 48-hours advanced/specialized OSH Trainings in addition to the mandatory 40-hour OSH training course applicable to the industry and at least two years work experience in OSH; SO4s must have the mandatory 40 hour OSH training course, 80 hours of advanced/ specialized Occupational Safety training course, and an aggregate of 320 hours of OSH related training or work experience.

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

Participants 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 – www.oshc.dole.gov.ph and Facebook page for schedules and registration links.

END/ DJ Romero