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DOLE I, II and CAR hold confab on implementing rules of OSH Law

 

The DOLE-Regional Office I has taken the stride with regional office II and CAR in ensuring compliance with Republic Act 11058, or the new Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) law.  

In a forum held on February 7 in Banaue, Ifugao, Regional Directors, Assistant Regional Directors, Mediator-Arbiters, labor inspectors, hearing officers, field office and division heads discussed with Bureau of Working Conditions Director Ma. Teresita Cucueco the provisions of Department Order No. 198 issued by Labor Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III on December 6, 2018.  The said Rules took effect on January 24, 2019 to implement the new OSH law which is titled An Act Strengthening Compliance with Occupational Safety and Health Standards and Providing Penalties for Violations Thereof.  

“Our aim is to effectively enforce the provisions of the law to ensure compliance by all companies in our respective jurisdictions,” DOLE-RO I Regional Director Nathaniel V. Lacambra said at the opening of the event. 

The Rules apply to all establishments, projects and sites and all other places where work is being undertaken in all branches of economic activity, including establishments located inside special economic zones and other investment promotion agencies; utilities engaged in air, sea and land transportation; and industries such as mining, fishing, construction, agriculture and maritime. 

Contractors and subcontractors including those engaged in the projects of the public sector are also covered.  

“The implementing rules lay down the duties and rights of employers, workers and other persons in achieving healthy and accident-free workplaces.  It is very important that we have clear and common strategies in increasing their capacities to comply,” Director Lacambra added. 

Under the law, covered establishments are required to develop and implement suitable OSH program, create OSH Committees, employ or designate Safety Officer and/or Occupational Health Personnel and facilities depending on the number of workers and degree of risks present.  

The law also penalizes willful failure or refusal to comply with the prescribed OSH standards with administrative fines, depending on the violations committed.  END/Arly Sta. Ana-Valdez with report from TSSD

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2019-02-11
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