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125 Safety Practitioners commemorate World Day for Safety and Health in Central Luzon
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO – Around 125 safety and health practitioners (SHP) all over the region recently commemorated this year’s World Day for Safety and Health at Work.
 
The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Regional Office No. 3 and Central Luzon Occupational Safety and Health Network (CLOSHNET) organized the annual event.
 
DOLE Regional Director Atty. Ana Dione reported to Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III that the attending safety practitioners are officials and members of the CLOSHNET.
 
Aside from this, they are also representing around 45 companies, most of which are locators in Freeport and Economic Zones operating in different parts of the region.
 
This year’s theme, “Optimize the Collection and use of OSH Data,” focuses on the critical need for the country to improve its capacity to collect and utilize reliable OSH data.
 
In her message, Dione urged for more companies in the region to have their safety officers and practitioners accredited with the DOLE’s Bureau of Working Conditions (BWC).
 
“Safety and health at the workplace has always been a primary and non-negotiable concern for the DOLE that is why it is important more companies have their safety officers and practitioners accredited with us,” Dione explained, adding:
 
“We need more leaders and advocates in promoting safety and health practices at the workplace and we believe that there are rooms for improvement at the occupational safety and health scenario in the region. We are thankful we have the CLOSHNET as our consistent partners in strengthening our campaign.”
 
The accreditation is pursuant to Rule 1030 of the Occupational Safety and health (OSH) Standards which enhances the culture of safety and voluntary compliance to labor standards, particularly OSH standards.
 
CLOSHNET President Wilmer Facundo and DOLE-Technical Support and Service Division for Labor Relations and Standards head Ma. Rima Hernandez, kicked-off the event.
 
CLOSHNET Treasurer Benadette Mangio led the lighting of candles of prayer to commemorate workers who died, as well as those injured, at the workplace.
 
A learning session on various topics on occupational safety and health standards were discussed and tackled among the attending safety practitioners.
 
DOLE Planning Officer Melanie Mendoza provided an overview on Department Order (D.O.) No. 16-01, otherwise known as “Training and Accreditation of Personnel on Occupational Safety.”
 
DOLE Clark Satellite Office head Antonio Sicat, meanwhile, lectured Compliance on Rule 1960 otherwise known as “Occupational Health Services” covering Work Polices and Programs and OSH Administrative Reports.
 
Technical Safety Inspector Engr. Angelito Longos, for his part, discussed Responsibilities of Safety Practitioners during OSH Investigation and Compliance to Rule 1950 or “Notification/Keeping of Records on Occupational Accidents/Illness.”
 
Last but not least, Labor Laws Compliance Officer Jason Ocampo, provided an in-depth look on the Global OSH Situationer, OSH Statistics, and Importance of Safety in the Workplace.
 
To cap-off the event, safety practitioners actively participated in an Action Planning Workshop to ensure the effective implementation of safety and health practices in their respective organization.
 
The World Day for Safety and Health also commemorates the DOLE Central Luzon’s month-long Labor Day Festivities anchoring the theme “Matatag na Kabuhayan at Trabaho, Tungo sa Progresibong Pagbabago.”
 
END/Jerry Borja

 

 
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2017-05-15
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