By Jennifer Catan-Tilos
The Occupation Safety and Health Center (OSHC) together with the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) reminded private institutions and government organizations to ensure the safety and health of their workers.
In a Kapihan sa PIA forum, OSHC, an attached agency of DOLE, has intensified awareness on workers’ safety and health especially in the construction industry or in hazardous occupations.
OSHC is mandated to protect Filipino workers against accidents and illnesses in their workplace and promote employees welfare.
Engr. Nelia Granadillos, OSHC division chief, presented the OSHC’s “Vision 1 Million” which aims to increase the number of OSH advocates in the country in order to prevent workplace accidents and diseases.
“We workers should always stay healthy and safe while at work,” Granadillos said.
According to Granadillos, workplace safety has its framework that starts with prevention which includes research, technical services, and training.
DOLE comes in for enforcement or the inspection of the workplace and updating the labor standards.
If accidents happen, compensation or benefits may be claimed from the Employees’ Compensation Commission (ECC), said Granadillos.
OSHC trains safety officers and safety practitioners, especially in industries considered hazardous in nature.
Representing the construction industry, Dr. Absalita Teves said that they are working on keeping their workers safe considering that construction work is a hazardous occupation.
She said the construction safety officers’ main duty is to ensure a safer construction site by prioritising the safety of construction workers.
On the other hand, DOLE Provincial Director Maritess Mercado said DOLE has been issuing work stoppage orders or the mandated halt of work of any unit, department or entire operation of an establishment when non-compliance with occupational safety and health standards poses imminent danger to the health and safety of the employees in the workplace.
OSHC offers various trainings on basic occupational health and safety, construction safety and health, drug-free workplace, and work environment measurements, among others. (With reports from Gaven Sacedon, SU Intern)