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Free BOSH training yields 60 potential new safety officers

Cebu City, Philippines. Around sixty (60) workers, who have attended a free online training on Basic Occupational Safety and Health (BOSH) on Labor Day have become potential candidates for Safety Officer 1.

Participants, who were granted with free slots on a First-Come First Served basis, came from micro, small and medium enterprises and from those employing less fifty (50) workers.

Courses offered were on the following, namely: Introduction to Occupational Safety and Health (OSH); OSH Legislation; Workplace Good House Keeping; Safety in Material Handling and Storage; Fire Safety and Electrical Safety; Machine Safety; Industrial Hygiene and Chemical Safety; Hazards Identification, Risk Assessment and Control (HIRAC); Workplace Emergency Preparedness; Communicating OSH (Training of Trainers on OSH); EC Program; and Covid-19 and the Workplace.

According to DOLE Technical Support Services Division- Labor Relations and Standards (TSSD-LRS) Chief, Engr. Vicente D. Abordo, the training was done in close coordination with the Occupational Safety and Health Center (OSHC).

“All of the resource persons were experts on their respective fields and we just hope that the participants were able to internalize the concepts introduced to them during the training,” said Abordo.

The conduct of the free BOSH training was one of the highlights of the Region’s 2021 Labor Day Celebration which lasted for two days from 1 to 2 May 2021.

Once done with the training requirements, participants will be issued with a certificate as Safety Officer I.

Under Department Order No. 198, Series of 2018 or the Implementing Rules and Regulations of Republic Act No. 11058 Entitled “An Act Strengthening Compliance with Occupational Safety and Health Standards and Providing Penalties for Violations Thereof,” Safety Officer I refers to an employee who has completed the mandatory eight-hour OSH Orientation course as prescribed in the OSH Standards and two-hour Trainer’s Training.

According to DOLE-7 Regional Director Salome O. Siaton, the provision of the training for free was one of the Department’s way of giving back to the workers recognizing their essential contributions in reviving the economic activities of the Region amidst the pandemic.

“We have been promoting safety and health as top priority in every workplace. With the provision of said training, the more workers trained to become safety officers, the more individuals there will be to help appropriately implement the Occupational Safety and Health Program of each company,” said Director Siaton.

She urged workers and employers, alike, to closely get in touch with the Occupational Safety and Health Center-Regional Extension Unit (OSH REU-7) at (032) 412-2622 and (032) 266-8382 for the details of the safety trainings that will be made available for the year.





For more information on this report, you may contact (032) 234-3317 or; (032) 266-7424 or; (035) 226-2778 / (035) 422-9741/; (035) 480-9244 or; (038) 501-0277 and (038) 411-0806 or

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