𝐏𝐥𝐞𝐧𝐚𝐫𝐲 𝟔: Turning Gears for Occupational Safety and Health Management.
𝐓𝐢𝐭𝐥𝐞: 𝐒𝐭𝐫𝐞𝐧𝐠𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐧𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐑𝐨𝐥𝐞 𝐨𝐟 𝐎𝐒𝐇 𝐏𝐞𝐫𝐬𝐨𝐧𝐧𝐞𝐥
𝐒𝐩𝐞𝐚𝐤𝐞𝐫: Mr. Eros G. Zuniga, National President, Safety Organization of the Philippines
The Occupational Safety and Health Center held the 17th National Occupational Safety and Health Congress last September 28-30, 2021. Plenary 6 of the three day congress focuses on ‘Turning Gears for Occupational Safety and Health Management’. Discussions under the plenary include topics that focus on building a resilient OSH System at the Enterprise Level and as well as the Best OSH practices amidst the crises. We would like to highlight the topic ‘𝑺𝒕𝒓𝒆𝒏𝒈𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒏𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝑹𝒐𝒍𝒆 𝒐𝒇 𝑶𝑺𝑯 𝑷𝒆𝒓𝒔𝒐𝒏𝒏𝒆𝒍’
OSHC has strengthened their service amidst the rise of the pandemic. One of many examples of such service, the center administered free training of all kinds. Regional offices are centered around facilitating free SO1 training on a weekly basis. New safety officers are appointed and ready to perform their responsibilities in their respective workplaces. As the speaker starts his discussion, he answers the question that asks ‘what does a safety officer do in the workplace?
Safety officers prepare for on the job training or they train in health organizations to become health specialists and further to be professionals. There is a lot of training and education for that job that should be greatly considered. Responsibilities of a safety officer should not be taken lightly. They stand as the safety leaders in the workplace. 80% of the leaders believe that executives should fully understand the value of keeping workers safe.
The speaker recommends four ways to succeed in safety leadership:
𝟏.𝐏𝐮𝐭𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐬𝐚𝐟𝐞𝐭𝐲 𝐟𝐢𝐫𝐬𝐭. A safety leader must show that safety is more than a job, it is a personal value. Prioritizing safety more than anything would show not only workers but also management and executives that you are indeed serious with doing your job. If you don’t care about safety, why should they?
𝟐. 𝐀𝐫𝐭𝐢𝐜𝐮𝐥𝐚𝐭𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐛𝐢𝐠 𝐩𝐢𝐜𝐭𝐮𝐫𝐞𝐬-𝐢𝐧. In order to be an effective leader, you must have an effective safety strategy. Do not be afraid to talk to them when facing big problems. Don’t be shy! It’s more likely to listen if they know you know what is happening. It’s easier to get them to comply with your visions as a safety leader.
𝟑. 𝐃𝐞𝐟𝐢𝐧𝐞 𝐂𝐥𝐞𝐚𝐫 𝐞𝐱𝐩𝐞𝐜𝐭𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬. Your safety team is not only there to carry out responsibilities, they are the front line of implementing safety protocols. Make connections around and show that their contributions are essential to the workplace. By doing this, you can demonstrate the value of their presence to help keep the workplace safe and healthy.
𝟒. 𝐓𝐞𝐜𝐡𝐧𝐨𝐥𝐨𝐠𝐲 𝐀𝐝𝐞𝐩𝐭. With our generation, technology is fast paced. Be competent in keeping up with the latest technology. This will not only help you be fit with your current position managing through responsibilities with ease, it can also inspire creativity in further projects. Being a safety leader/safety officer weighs in big responsibilities especially in this current situation. It is now up to us to equip ourselves with the proper learning and training to improve by profession. We salute to the newly appointed officers and to the safety leaders that continue to carry out their service in their workplace. Let us strive to be successful safety leaders and practice safety whether it may be in our workplace or wherever we may be.
~𝐄𝐥𝐨𝐢𝐬𝐞 𝐁𝐞𝐫𝐲𝐥 𝐂. 𝐒𝐚𝐲𝐬𝐨𝐧
𝐓𝐞𝐜𝐡𝐧𝐢𝐜𝐚𝐥 𝐓𝐫𝐚𝐢𝐧𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐓𝐞𝐜𝐡𝐧𝐢𝐜𝐚𝐥 𝐒𝐮𝐩𝐩𝐨𝐫𝐭 𝐒𝐭𝐚𝐟𝐟