ROXAS CITY, CAPIZ – To achieve the Vision 1 Million of the Occupational Safety and Health Center (OSHC) that aims to further raise awareness, understanding, and passion for occupational safety and health (OSH) among Filipinos, the OSHC-Region 6 conducted a free face-to-face mandatory Basic OSH (BOSH) Training for Safety Officer 1 (SO1) at Filamer Christian University, dated March 30, 2023.
MSE (micro and small enterprise) representatives from the province of Capiz attended and completed the training. Newly certified safety officers comprised the owners, managers, office clerks, receptionists, bakers, IT staff, cashiers, HR staff, maintenance staff, and purchasers.
The DOLE-Capiz Field Office Head Joselito G. De la Banda graced the event. “The purpose of our training is not just to comply with the law so that our company will not have violations but for us to prevent the loss of lives and damages to our properties,” he said.
OSHC-Region 6 OIC Melveen M. Melocoton facilitated the entirety of the training with modules involving the importance of OSH, general concepts of OSH, basic workplace safety and health measures, and risk assessment, among others.
“There are no accidents,” he emphasized. Before a major accident, numerous near misses and hazardous occurrences that were uncorrected or unnoticed already took place. He added that the safety officer must identify, evaluate, and control them.
Furthermore, a lively discussion on the Republic Act 11058, otherwise known as the “Act Strengthening the OSH Standards and Providing Penalties for Violations Thereof,” and the DOLE Department Order No. 198-18, or the “IRR of RA 11058,” was facilitated by DOLE-Capiz Field Office Senior LEO Engr. Jessel V. Valad-on.
The OSHC-Region 6 will continue collaborating with OSH partners to provide more safety officer training schedules in the entire region to increase the number of certified safety officers who will help achieve decent work and accident and illness-free workplaces in the locality.