SAN JOSE, Antique – The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) is encouraging businessmen to comply with the Occupational Safety and Health Standards (OSHS) Law intended to safeguard the worker’s physical safety and health in the province.
An orientation about OSHS Law and the newly issued Department Order 198, which details the implementing rules and regulations, will be conducted to educate the local businessmen, said DOLE Information officer Donna Baldonado on Friday.
“The OSHS Law requires establishments or companies having even just one to 10 employees to have a safety officer,” Baldonado said.
She said the safety officer will plan and ensure that workers are participating in capacity-building activities on safety and health and other OSHS-related topics and programs.
She added the employees should be able to properly use all safeguards and safety devices, and comply with instructions to prevent accidents or imminent danger situations in their workplace.
DOLE-Antique has one inspector who monitors the establishments and even private schools, Baldonado said.
“Big companies like Robinson’s Mall, Antique Electric Cooperative and some construction firms in the province have their safety officers so we are mostly concerned with the smaller establishments,” she added.
She noted they are coming up with a list of 40 safety officers to be trained by a DOLE-accredited agency on their responsibilities, before the end of March.
“In Antique, the adherence is not yet high but DOLE is doing its best to promote the OSHS Law,” DOLE Director Cyril Ticao said.
Ticao said they are doing their best to create awareness among establishment owners on the OSHS Law so they won’t be penalized during his Wednesday’s visit in Antique. (With a report from PNA/PN)