Two hundred eleven safety officers from various government agencies and private establishments underwent the Basic Occupational Safety and Health (BOSH) Training and Construction Safety and Health (COSH) training conducted by the Department of Labor and Employment-CAR in partnership with the Safety Practitioners’ Organization-CAR (SPOCAR) from January to April.
DOLE-CAR OIC Director Exequiel Ronie Guzman said the Cordillera is booming in most industries, with its constituents described as hardworking.
With the influx of new businesses in the country, accredited safety and health officers is a must because of related hazards seen in procedures, materials and machines.
“Health and safety training elevate workers’ knowledge on proper and safe work practice and allow them to keep up with the demands of the industry. It also enables them to comply with the requirements of the DOLE-Bureau of Working Conditions regarding their employee and their workplace,” Guzman said.
He said hazard identification, evaluation, and control are the hallmarks of accident prevention and safety promotion, and the value of the training extends beyond the workplace to its application in the home. A persons’ health, therefore, becomes another investment to better productivity at work.
The BOSH is a 40-hour mandatory training for safety officers. Under the Occupational Safety and Health Standards, a sufficient number of safety officers who finished the training must be employed by all establishments. The number of safety officers depends on the number of workers for every shift.
The training consists of 17 modules on safe and unsafe acts and conditions; materials handling and storage; occupational health; chemical, electrical, and machine safety; industrial hygiene, personal protective equipment; OSH legislation; the Employees Compensation Program; and the development of a safety and health policy and program suited to the needs of the company. It includes drug abuse in the workplace, where officers of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency lectures on drug prevention, identification, and control.
COSH trainings, on the other hand, are for the protection and welfare of workers employed in the construction industry, the protection and welfare of the general public within and around the immediate vicinity of any construction worksite, as well as the promotion of harmonious employer-employee relationship in the construction industry and after consultations with the stakeholders in the construction industry.