In partnership with MJ Consulting Services, DOLE conducted a Safety Officers Training in two batches last September 11and 12 producing 80 trained Safety Officers (SO1) after the completion of the training. The 80 participants came from different establishments in the Municipality of San Francisco and neighboring municipalities.

Safety is everybody’s concern. Working hand-in-hand with the employee and the employer is a great way to start a conducive and safe working environment. Knowing basic skills and knowledge in promoting a safe atmosphere in the area is of utmost importance.

Anchored to RA 11058(An Act Strengthening Compliance with Occupational Safety and Health Standards and Providing Penalties for Violations Thereof) or the New OSH Law and its IRR the D.O 198, both low risk(1-50 workers)  and medium risk (1-9 workers) establishments are required to comply the basic reportorial  requirements  in Occupational Safety and Health Standards. Furthermore, the Trained Safety Officer 1 is expected to competitively manage all safety protocols in the establishments for the welfare of workers and the employer.

Dr. Sumalinog, OSH Consultant of MJ Consulting Services said the training was designed to inform workers on the importance of implementing effective Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) programs and policies for the prevention of work-related injuries and disease. “It is important for them to be fully informed of the new OSH issuances and policies that promote a conducive workplace.” Dr. Sumalinog said.

Mr. Melgibar Reyes, Manager of Grace Ong Enterprises-San Francisco and one of the beneficiaries stated, “I am very thankful for the training and for having the opportunity to learn the basic occupational safety and health program of Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE). For me, this is not just complying with our requirements to the DOLE but most important is to enlighten our minds in knowing or identifying hazards in our workplace and even in our house also and minimizing or eliminating these hazards. I also learned that it is very important to have a toolbox meeting from time to time to discuss safety matters.”

A safe working environment increases the productivity level of the workers. Since the working environment affects the focus of the workers, it has to be safe in order for them to carry out their duties without disruptions and thus provide excellent service to its customers.