Dole-OSHC trains 100 to be safety officers

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Friday, May 30, 2014


A TOTAL of 100 participants recently attended the training on Construction and Safety and Basic Occupational Safety and Health conducted by the Occupational Safety Health Center at the regional Department of Labor and Employment-Conference Hall at Cabinet Hill.

Forty-six participants from construction firms, engineers, managers, safety officers and office staff attended the 40-hour training on Construction and Safety May 19-22.

Topics discussed were environmental safety; handling of construction machinery; personal protective equipment; occupational health and safety; temporary structures; site safety inspection; safety and health practices.

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Fifty-four participants from different sectors including security agencies, malls, call center agencies, hotel and restaurant industry, educational institutions and the Bureau of Fire Protection joined the four-day training on Basic Occupational Safety and Health May 26-30.

The BOSH Training focuses on the Unsafe, unhealthy working conditions, Safety in House, Fire, Electrical and machine, Industrial Hygiene, workplace hazards and their effects and also on the employee’s compensation Program.

"Itong training na ito ay response ng DOLE sa pagkakaroon ng aksidente sa trabaho, ito ay requirement ng Labor code na kailangan may safety officers ang bawat agency. Ito ay para maiwasan ang aksidente, mga pagkakasakit at iyong pagkasira ng mga bagay-bagay na nagdudulot ng aksidente sa ating mga manggagawa," said Engr. Dennis Aquin, OSHC-Safety Division.

He also reminded construction firms to follow the requirements of the Philippine Contractors Accreditation Board to avoid penalties and to have a safe and healthy work place.

Meantime, Jericho Dave De Sahagon, one of the participants, sees this training as an opportunity to practice his profession as a nurse. He said, “Dahil sa mahirap makapasok sa mga ospital, naghanap ako ng opportunities kung saan ko pwedeng iapply ang profession ko.” He also added that the trainings he had will enhance his skills as a nurse and a Red Cross volunteer.

These trainings are in accordance with guidelines of DOLE mandating the occupational health and safety requirements for the construction industry including the role of safety officers in the implementation of effective occupational safety and health programs at the work sites. (Julienne Fortunato)

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on May 31, 2014.

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