DOLE training to help businesses comply with OSH Law
posted 26-Jun-2019  ·  
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The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has set this June 22-26, 2019 the 3-in-1 Advocacy-Training Course on Safety Officer 1, First Aid and Emergency & Disaster Preparedness for the second batch of businesses in compliance with Republic Act 11058.

Held in partnership with RBA-Environmental Health & Safety Consultancy & Training Solution, the training is an initiative of the DOLE Catanduanes Provincial Field Office headed by field officer Russel Ulysses Nieves that will proactively help local business establishments in complying with RA 11058, otherwise known as an Act Strengthening Compliance of All Business Establishments with the Occupational Safety and Health and Providing Penalties for Violations Thereof.

The training will also enable members of the mandated Internal Occupational Safety and Health Committee in each establishment to respond to natural and manmade disasters, calamities and prevent occupation-related accidents.

The said law makes it mandatory for such establishments to have at least one (1) Safety Officer and one (1) First Aider.

During the five-day training at Lucky Hotel & Resort in Virac, resource persons from DOLE and the Employees Compensation Commission (ECC) will orient participants on General Labor Standards and other related laws as well as the Employees Compensation Program.

Aside from the training of safety officers to be conducted by RBA, the participants will be briefed on Emergency & Disaster Preparedness by Capt. Ivanhoe Arcilla of Virac MDRRMO, who will cover salient features of RA 10121, geologic and weather hazards, disaster risk management, principles of zero casualty, and climate change and global warming concepts.

On the other hand, the Philippine Red Cross will handle the Occupational First Aid Training over the last two days, including first aid, emergency action principles, cardiac emergencies and common emergencies.

Late last year, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III signed Department Order No. 198 which details the IRR of RA 11058 that applies to all establishments, projects and sites and all other places where work is being undertaken in all branches of economic activity, including contractors and subcontractors.

 including those engaged in the projects of the public sector.

Based on the IRR, every employers, contractors, or subcontractors, and any person who manages, control or supervise the work shall: equip a place of employment for workers free from hazardous conditions; provide complete job safety instructions and proper orientation to all workers; ensure that the “chemical, physical and biological substances and agents, and ergonomic and psychosocial stresses under their control are without risk to health when the appropriate measures of protection are taken”’; use only approved specific industry set of standards of devices and equipment for the workplace as applicable; comply with occupational safety and health (OSH) including training, medical examination and when necessary, provisions on protective and safety devices such as personal protective equipment and machine guards; make arrangement for workers and their representatives to participate in the processes of organizing, planning, and implementation, monitoring, evaluation and action for improvement of the OSH management system; provide, when necessary, for measures identifying trainings and drill, evacuation plans, etc., to deal with emergencies, fires, and accidents including first-aid arrangements; and, comply with all reportorial requirements of the OSH standards; and register establishment to DOLE as provided under the OSH standards.

To ensure compliance with OSH standards, the workers shall participate in capacity-building activities on safety and health and other OSH-related topics and programs; proper use of all safeguards and safety devices; comply with instructions to prevent accidents or imminent danger situations; observe prescribed steps to be taken in cases of emergency, including participation on national or local disaster drills; and report any work hazard that may be discovered in the workplace.

Stiff fines ranging from P20,000 to P50,000 will be meted for failure or refusal of an employer, contractor, or subcontractor to comply will be meted a fine.

An employer, contractor or subcontractor who is found to have repeatedly violated the same prohibited act shall be penalized of the corresponding fine plus an additional fine equivalent to 50 percent thereof for every instance of repeat violation, the IRR states.

“If any of the following acts is present and there is noncompliance, the penalty of P100,000 administrative fine shall be imposed separate and in addition to the daily administrative fine imposed,” it added.

The DOLE also stated that when the violation exposes the worker to death, serious injury or illness, the imposable penalty will be P100,000.

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