A total of 205 new safety officers from 184 small and micro enterprises benefitted from the seven batches of on-line Basic Occupational Safety and Health (BOSH) Training for safety officers level 1 (SO1s) conducted by the Occupational Safety and Health Center (OSHC) this September.

“We want to equip the MSMEs to be more productive and keep their workers and workplaces safe and healthy through mandatory OSH trainings so for the rest of the year, we will offer free OSH trainings for them,” said Occupational Safety and Health Center Executive Director Noel C. Binag, CE.

The 10-hour BOSH for SO1 features 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 the small and micro enterprises must hire a sufficient number of 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. 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.

END/DJ Romero