A total of 17,720 workers from 41 companies benefitted from the technical services of the Occupational Safety and Health Center (OSHC) in 2020.

Of this number, 17,411 workers from 29 companies benefitted from the Work Environment Measurement. The WEM is a technical service wherein a team of experts identify and measure various physical, chemical, biological and ergonomic hazards within the premises of an establishment. The results of the measurement are evaluated in the laboratory which will then be the basis for corrective strategies.

Under Rule 1077 of the Occupational Safety and Health Standards, employers are responsible for conducting the WEM through their staff with specialized training or through accredited providers.

On the other hand, some 309 workers benefitted from occupational health services on biological monitoring/clinical toxicology and special examinations. The results of these exams on workers exposed to hazards such as heavy metals and organic solvents become the basis of recommendations for the development of a company’s OSH policies and programs.

The OSHC was also able to conduct 2,700 tests on 1,581 specimens of personal protective equipment which include safety shoes, hard hats, safety spectacles and full body harnesses.

END/ DJ Romero