Laoag City (Ilocos Norte) - Representatives of construction firms, manufacturing/industrial companies, hospitals and manpower service providers from the province of Ilocos Norte attended the first ever Basic Occupational Safety and Health (BOSH) Training on October 18-22 held at the Asian Garden Grill and Restaurant located in this City.
The five-day training was conducted by the Department of Labor and Employment-Ilocos Norte Field Office in partnership with the PEME Consultancy, Inc., an accredited safety training organization of the DOLE Bureau of Working Condition, and the Laoag City Ilocos Norte Association of Constructors (LINAC) as a strategy to institutionalize the DOLE’s OSH program in establishments by building the capacities of qualified personnel to carry out occupational safety and health standards at the plant level.
“This collaborative effort of the DOLE and various partners from the private sector translates into action the President’s marching order of elevating the standards of safety and health in the workplace to achieve better productivity and profitability,” DOLE 1 Director Henry John Jalbuena said.
He said, with the conduct of another BOSH training, the government is moving closer toward its goal of obtaining broader support from tripartite partners to its OSH program.
Citing latest official data from the International Labor Organization, Jalbuena said that an average of 6,000 people die everyday, equivalent to one every 15 seconds, due to work connected ailments or injuries.
He said for the past five years, a total of 13,886 work-related accidents, manufacturing industry being the highest with 5,843, have been recorded.
“Accidents at the workplace can be prevented, or at least lessened, by enabling companies to be OSH compliant,” Jalbuena said.
As an offshoot of the training, the representatives of the participating establishments crafted their respective OSH re-entry plans.
The implementation of these plans will be monitored and evaluated by the Occupational Safety and Health Center and the DOLE 1. asv