Some 52 potential safety officers from various establishments in Davao del Norte participated in the Basic Occupational Safety and Health for Safety Officer Training (BOSH for SO1) conducted by the Department of Labor and Employment XI, through its Davao del Norte Field Office (DNFO), on July 28, 2022 in Tagum City.
The BOSH for SO1 is an eight-hour OSH orientation plus two-hour Training of Trainers that is essentially directed toward safeguarding the workers’ social and economic well-being. The training aims to educate and train potential safety officers on how to prevent and reduce risks and accidents in the workplace by implementing occupational safety and health.
This mandatory training program is in accordance with the Republic Act 11058 or “An Act Strengthening Compliance with Occupational Safety and Health Standards and Providing Penalties for Violations Thereof.” In addition, under the OSH Law, companies classified as low-risk (with 1-50 workers) or medium risk (with 1-9 workers) are required to designate SO1.
The training covered seven (7) modules. Among the topics were Basic Safety Rules and Measures for Workplace Hazards, Hazards Identification, Risk Assessment and Control (HIRAC), and Administrative OSH Requirements. The modules were presented by DOLE XI-DNFO Labor Inspectors and OSH Practitioners Engr. Reynaldo H. Salmite, Engr. Henjie B. Gatdula, Mr. Deogracias Victor J. Sicam, and Mr. Michael R. Manuel. The participants were also given several workshops relevant to each module.
At the end of the training, participants received their SO1 certificates. As Safety Officers, they are expected to supervise the overall management of their companies’ OSH programs.
“We encourage establishments in Davao Region to take part in OSH trainings and implement OSH programs in their respective workplaces, especially with our current health situation. DOLE XI, through our inspection programs, will persist in ensuring that establishments in the region are complying with the OSH laws and standards,” said Regional Director Atty. Randolf C. Pensoy in a message.
Of the 4,286 establishments inspected and monitored for the compliance OSH Standards in 2021, DOLE XI recorded 72.29% compliance rate. Top OSH Standards violations were unavailability of safety officer and first aider, non-conduct of 8-hour OSH Orientation, non-submission of Work Accident Illness Report (WAIR), and lack of OSH policies.