A total of 2,040 new safety officers from 1,544 small and micro enterprises (SMEs) benefitted from the 53 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) and Occupational Safety and Health Networks this April.

“I have advised the OSHC to more than double the number of online mandatory and specialized OSH Trainings they can conduct and to make them available to as many workers as possible. These trainings are free of charge and priority is given to MSMEs economically affected by the pandemic,” said Labor Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III during OSHC’s third webinar yesterday held in celebration of the 2021 World Day for Safety and health at work. The OSHC is set to conduct hundreds of free on-line BOSH for SO1 trainings for financially distressed SMEs with 50 or less workers until December 2021 as part of the Department of Labor and Employment’s assistance for business establishments adversely affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Mag avail po tayo ng trainings. Cognizant of your needs, we made the trainings very comprehensive. Taking into account your schedules, we made it year long. Mindful of its cost, we made the training free. And more importantly, concerned of the virus, we made the training on-line. So wala na po tayong excuse para hindi makapag train. We made training more accessible to you,” said DOLE Undersecretary for Labor Relations, Social Protection and Policy Support Cluster Atty. Benjo Santos M. Benavidez.

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 safety 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.

All OSHC trainings are conducted on-line to keep both the participants and staff safe from Covid-19.

Interested parties may check the OSHC website – www.oshc.dole.gov.ph and Facebook page for schedules and registration links.

END/DJ Romero