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DOLE orients 160 employers on OSHS Law

A total of 80 companies coming from the various provinces of the region attend the Orientation on the Implementing Rules and Regulation (IRR) for the Implementation of Republic Act 11058 also known as the Occupational Safety and Health Standards(OSHS) Law.

Held at the Widus Hotel, Clarkfiled Pampanga, the Bureau of Working Conditions Director Teresita Cucueco led the discussion of the new IRR. In her discussion, Cucueco emphasized that the IRR shall apply to all establishments, projects and sites and all other places where work is being undertaken in all branches of economic activity. It also covers the contractors and subcontractors including those engaged in the projects of the public sector. Also, the IRR states that “it does not apply to the public sector such as national government agencies, government-owned and controlled corporations with charters, government financial institutions, state universities and colleges and local government units,” as these are governed by appropriate rules and regulations issued by the Civil Service Commission and other government agencies.

The Department Order(DO 198) which details the IRR was signed by DOLE Secretary Silvestre Bello on  December 6, 2018 and took effect on January 24, 2019.

The IRR expresses that, every employers, contractors, or subcontractors, and any person who manages, control or supervise the work shall ensure the following policy and program:

  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.”

Comply with all reportorial requirements of the OSH standards; and register establishment to DOLE as provided under the OSH standards.

And to ensure compliance with OSH standards, the IRR enumerates that 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.

Report any work hazard that may be discovered in the workplace.

Particular penalties was also cited in the orientation, and Director Cucueco revelead that failure or refusal of an employer, contractor, or subcontractor to comply will be given a fine, ranging from P20,000 to P50,000 depending on the violation committed.

Meanwhile, “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.”

Likewise, “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.”

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

Attendees where in awe yet pleased with the immediate action of the DOLE region 3 office in disseminating this new law. The CET Cosmo Clark Hills Safety Officer Alvis Alad who was present stated that he will immediately cascade and impart to fellow workers onsite all the details learned at the event.

DOLE Clark Satellite Office led by Officer- in- Charge Jun Navata mentioned that this is only the first batch and that another group is set for orientation on this OSHS law on March 5,2019.

/DOLERO3

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2019-02-21
ZEN ANGARA-CAMPITA
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