Davao City- On April 8-9 and April, 15-16, 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). The training was designed to impart knowledge and skills relevant to occupational safety and health to enable potential Safety Officers to implement their company’s OSH policies and programs. Welcoming the participants from the different regions across the country was warm message from RD Ofelia B. Domingo, the Regional Director of the Department of Labor and Employment- XI.

Guest speakers were invited to impart their knowledge and 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. The day 1 training concluded and was filled with learnings regarding the basic concepts and ideas behind Occupational Safety and Health, and the salient features of the OSH legislations.

During the second day, the training started with a lecture on Workplace Emergency Preparedness. 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. Then after the discussion, 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 company. At the end of the group discussion and workshop, each group were tasked to present their respective HIRAC outputs. Aside from those topics, a special topic regarding the control and management of COVID-19 in the workplace was also included during the day 2 discussions; and a 2-hour Training of Trainers on OSH was tackled to aid the attendees in delivering to their work colleagues their respective OSH programs effectively and with confidence. Lastly, a video introducing the Employees’ Compensation Program of the Employees’ Compensation Commission was presented to give the participants an overview of the what ECC is and their program.

The program finally concluded. 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.