Thursday, July 29, 2021

Dole to start issuing safety seal certificate next week

(From: Dole's website)

THE Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) will start issuing next week a Safety Seal Certificate to establishments that are found to be compliant with the minimum public health standards that are set by the government.

Dole-7 Regional Director Salome O. Siaton, in a statement, said that the Department is now validating and scrutinizing the compliance of some 19 establishments that have been inspected against the checklist and sector-specific guidelines issued by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Disease (IATF).

Said establishments, that are mostly found within the Expanded Metro Cebu Area, were subjected to validation and/or re-validation of compliance specifically under the Joint Dole-DTI Interim Guidelines on Workplace Prevention and Control of Covid-19.

Once everything is in place, DoleOLE, together with DTI, DOT, the LGUs and DILG- the other signatories to Joint Memorandum Circular No. 21-01, Series of 2021 or the Implementing Guidelines of the Safety Seal Certification Program, will altogether issue and award next week the Safety Seal Certificates to compliant establishments under their respective jurisdiction.

“The Department, for its part, is now thoroughly assessing the compliance of these establishments against the minimum public health standards. Hopefully, by next week, we will get to issue a Safety Seal Certificate to compliant companies,” said Siaton.

Dole, as an issuing authority, will specifically take charge of checking the compliance of establishments in Manufacturing, Construction Sites, Utilities (Electric, Water, Gas, Air Conditioning Supply, Sewerage, and Waste Management), Information and Communication Companies (Private Publication, News, Movie Production, TV and Radio Companies), and Warehouses.

“We urge companies to apply for a Safety Seal Certificate. That Safety Seal affirms that they have been found compliant with the minimum public health standards. And what does it say to the public? It will tell the people, the workers, and the clients that it is safe for them to go out, visit and work in these companies because the same have already been issued with a Safety Seal Certificate,” the director explained.

All covered establishments shall submit their application through any of the following:

  • Online through or
  • In person and the application shall be assisted by Regional Office to use the Dole Establishment Report System (ERS).

Establishments applying for the certificate shall be inspected within three days upon receipt of request. During the conduct of inspection and/or validation, the following will be verified: Business registrations; Use of digital contact tracing application, which is the official digital contact tracing application of government-linked with Covid-19 Testing Laboratories in the Philippines; Compliance with the minimum public health standards as prescribed under DOH Administrative Order No. 2020-0015 and sector-relevant guidelines issued by national government agencies as authorized by the IATF; and the Name and contact number of the Safety Officer.

The issuance of a Safety Seal Certificate is free. The certificate is renewable every after six (6) months and revocable when the concerned establishment is found to be no longer compliant with the minimum public health standards.

Companies may visit and check the DOLE’s Safety Seal Certification Process. (PR)


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