A total of 94 employees from 53 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 March. They can now be designated as new safety officers in their respective agencies.

“The OSHC is working double time to capacitate employees of government agencies as officers so that they can comply with the requirements of the Civil Service Commission – Department of Labor and Employment – Department of Health Joint Memorandum Circular No. 1-2020 and to establish a stronger culture of work safety and health in the public sector,” said Occupational Safety and Health Center 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 – www.oshc.dole.gov.ph and Facebook page for schedules and registration links.

END/ DJ Romero