A total of 4,269 workers from private enterprises and government agencies participated in the 24 KamOSHtahan webinars conducted by the Occupational Safety and Health Center (OSHC) in 2020. These webinars are part of the OSHC’s efforts to conduct on-line public information campaigns.
The KamOSHtahan is composed of two series of webinars by the OSHC designed to disseminate vital information on protecting workers and workplaces from Covid-19 and orient government employees on the salient provisions of the Civil Service Commission, Department of Health, and Department of Labor and Employment’s Joint Memorandum Circular No.1 on Occupational Safety and Health Standards for the Public Sector.
“Information is one of our strongest weapons in halting the spread of COVID-19 in our respective workplaces. The webinars on Covid-19 guidelines are part of our efforts to address the need arming workers with knowledge they need to protect themselves and their families during this critical time,” said OSHC Executive Director Noel C. Binag, CE.
The webinars on Covid-19 guidelines featured lectures on the Department of Trade and Industry and DOLE’s Interim Guidelines on Workplace Prevention and Control of COVID-19, the role of safety officers in the “new normal”, and the best practices of different industries in curbing and avoiding the spread of Covid-19 within their enterprises.
The OSH Standards for the Public Sector series on the other hand featured lectures and discussions on working conditions and emergency preparedness, safety and health committee, development of OSH policies, handling of hazardous chemicals and materials, OSH trainings, best OSH practices of government agencies which already have OSH programs before the JMC No. 1 was issued.
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