MANILA – According to the Labor Department (DOLE), starting this year, mandatory occupational health and safety training in workplaces will be offered for free to workers and enterprises.
Under the directive of Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III, the new policy aims to enhance the health and safety of the workplaces and to ease the burden on micro, small, and medium businesses. The directive was issued to the Occupational Safety and Health Center.
As a form of assistance to the MSMEs, the labor chief said, “we are waiving the training fees being charged to micro and small businesses. The workers in those enterprises have to be assured of their safety and health while at the workplace. This is a big factor to their productivity.”
Republic Act 11058 or the OSH Law states that it is mandatory to designate and train safety officers in all business establishments, the number of which corresponds to the number of employees in enterprises. A fee of P5,500 per trainee is fixed by OSHC for the safety training.
The OSH Law also states that it is the duty of employers, contractors, and subcontractors to inform and give appropriate job instructions regarding OSH to their workers and also inform them about the hazards and risks involved in the occupation they entered in. Under the guidelines, the eight-hour OSH seminar and the joint orientation of employer-employee about the health and safety standards shall be considered compensable working time.
It is also the responsibility of the establishment to determine their risk classification based on the Hazards Identification and Risk Assessment and Control (HIRAC). To determine the required minimum number of safety officers, OH (occupational health) personnel, medical services, and facilities, the results of the HIRAC and the number of workers shall be the basis.
To know more about this news released, you can visit the official website of DOLE at https://www.dole.gov.ph/news/dole-safety-training-is-now-free/