Davao City – The Occupational Safety and Health Center (OSHC) Regional Extension Unit 11 conducted a free webinar on Basic Occupational Safety and Health (BOSH) for Safety Officer 1 for the small and mid-size enterprises (SMEs) last December 17-18, 2020. The BOSH for SO Level 1 is to impart knowledge and skills relevant to occupational safety and health to enable potential Safety Officers to implement the OSH program in their respective companies. A total of 44 participants from different regions completed the course and now qualified as Safety Officer to practice in their respective fields. As part of the program, OSHC Executive Director Engr. Noel C. Binag in his opening remarks, highlighted the importance of OSH and the roles of the Safety Officers in ensuring that the OSH program of their company is appropriate and implemented accordingly. Also, DOLE XI Regional Director Ofelia B. Domingo gave a warm message to the participants.

The speakers were from the different Regional Extension Units of OSHC to impart their knowledge and expertise in OSH as well as the salient features of the DOLE IRR no. 198 series of 2018. Also included the Hazards Identification, Risk Assessment, and Control (HIRAC) workshop where it gives the participants a first-hand experience on how to perform hazard identification risk assessment and exercise to assure that hazards in the workplace are controlled and eliminated. On the second day of the training, a special module regarding the control and management of COVID-19 in the workplace was discussed and the Training of Trainers on OSH to aid the attendees in delivering to their work colleagues their respective OSH programs effectively and with confidence.

The program was eventually a success. Given the complete topics, the speakers have profoundly explained their assigned lectures that the participants can easily comprehend. The program finally concluded with closing remarks from Ms. Analyn Escaro, RN of OSHC-REU 11. The participants fared well brings them new knowledge about Occupational Safety and Health that allows them to share with their colleagues; and cognizance of the implementation of their companies’ OSH programs.