Ladderized education refers to harmonizing training mechanisms that allow the general public to progress between higher education programs. Since the implementation of 𝐑𝐞𝐩𝐮𝐛𝐥𝐢𝐜 𝐀𝐜𝐭 𝐍𝐨. 𝟏𝟏𝟎𝟓𝟖, otherwise known as the “𝗔𝗰𝘁 𝗦𝘁𝗿𝗲𝗻𝗴𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗻𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗢𝗰𝗰𝘂𝗽𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝗮𝗹 𝗦𝗮𝗳𝗲𝘁𝘆 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗛𝗲𝗮𝗹𝘁𝗵 𝗦𝘁𝗮𝗻𝗱𝗮𝗿𝗱𝘀 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗣𝗿𝗼𝘃𝗶𝗱𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗣𝗲𝗻𝗮𝗹𝘁𝗶𝗲𝘀 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗩𝗶𝗼𝗹𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝘀 𝗧𝗵𝗲𝗿𝗲𝗼𝗳," the safety officer training certifications and mandatory requirements for establishments were modernized.
Under the new law, a safety officer (SO) is an employee or officer of the company trained and tasked by the employer to implement an OSH program per the provisions of the OSH Standards. They shall possess the necessary training and experience requirements that will be proportional to the total number of workers and the classification of the workplace. Currently, there are four qualifications, from SO1 up to SO4.
Further along, we focus on SO1 and SO2 certification training courses where most people anticipate being ladderized. Some think they need to complete the SO1 course to be eligible for the SO2 course. To be a certified SO1, you need to finish the mandatory 8-hr OSH orientation course and 2-hr trainer’s training. In contrast, you will be a certified SO2 if you complete the mandatory 40-hr OSH training course. The 𝐎𝐜𝐜𝐮𝐩𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐚𝐥 𝐒𝐚𝐟𝐞𝐭𝐲 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐇𝐞𝐚𝐥𝐭𝐡 𝐂𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐫 – 𝐑𝐞𝐠𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝟔 and its recognized OSH partners conduct these courses in-person and online.
It is coherent that the general public who wishes to become promising safety professionals can register for the SO1 certification training course or directly proceed with the SO2 course instead. For the requirement in an establishment, as long as they meet the minimum requirements set by the law, they will be considered compliant. For example, an establishment that is required an SO1 but has an appointed SO2 with a mandatory 40-hr OSH training certification related to the industry will be accepted.
Thus, it is advantageous for the general public to sign-up for the SO2 training courses if they wish to start or pursue more comprehensively their safety profession. Add to this that the expectations of a safe and healthy workplace are higher than ever and that society is even more litigious than ever, and the challenge of the modern safety professional becomes clear.
We encourage the general public to contact us to verify the training provider’s validity of accreditation first before signing up to assure that the released certificates of completion will be authentic and recognized by the Department of Labor and Employment.