Davao City- On March 10-11 and March 24-25, 2021, the Occupational Safety and Health-Regional Extension Unit 11 conducted a free webinar on Basic Occupational Safety and Health (BOSH) for Safety Officer 1 for the Micro, Small, to Medium Enterprises (MSMEs). BOSH for Safety Officer Level 1 was tailored to impart knowledge and skills relevant to occupational safety and health to enable potential Safety Officers to implement their company’s OSH program. Various participants from different regions completed the course and are now qualified as Safety Officers to practice with the OSH implementations in their respective fields. A warm opening message was delivered by RD Ofelia B. Domingo, the Regional Director of the Department of Labor and Employment- XI, to welcome the participants.

Guest speakers were invited to discuss and share their expertise on the field of OSH. On the first day of the training, the participants were able to learn the importance and the concepts of Occupational Safety and Health, and as well as the salient features of the OSH legislation. Industrial Hygiene and the Basic Safety Rules and Measures were also included in the lectures. Overall, the day 1 training is packed with learnings regarding the basic concepts on Occupational Safety and Health.

During the second day, a separate lecture on Hazards Identification, Risk Assessment, and Control (HIRAC) was also given to help the participants know the basics in conducting a HIRAC. Moreover, a workshop was organized to give the participants a first-hand experience on how to perform a HIRAC to give them an experience and a guide in creating one for their respective companies. At the end of the group discussion and workshop, each group presented their outputs. Aside from those topics, a special topic regarding the control and management of COVID-19 in the workplace was also included in the day 2 discussions, and a 2-hour Training of Trainers on OSH was tackled, to help the attendees to deliver their respective OSH programs effectively and with confidence to their work colleagues. And lastly, a video to explain the Employees’ Compensation Program was presented to give the participants an overview on the ECP of the Employees’ Compensation Commission.

The program was a success. Given the comprehensive topics, the speakers have profoundly explained their assigned lectures in a manner that the participants can easily comprehend. The participants fared well bringing with them new knowledge about Occupational Safety and Health allowing them to share with their colleagues; and as well as cognizance of the implementation of their companies’ OSH programs.