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DOLE-RO I fines OSH violators

 

At least seven companies in Region 1 have been fined for violating Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) standards. 

The companies paid P885,000 in total fines after they were found to have willfully failed to comply with the compliance orders issued by the DOLE-Regional Office I. 

In the course of inspection, the erring companies had no Safety Officer or trained First Aider, OSH program, mandatory OSH orientation for workers, Personal Protective Equipment, TESDA certificates to operate heavy equipment, poor housekeeping, among others. 

“We always wanted companies to take a proactive stance in implementing OSH programs, but we cannot sit idly when human safety and lives are compromised,” DOLE-RO I Regional Director Nathaniel V. Lacambra said. 

Since Department Order No. 198, the rules implementing Republic Act 11058, took effect on January 24 this year, the DOLE-RO I has embarked in massive information dissemination activities to enable companies to be compliant, he said. 

“We were not remiss in reminding both employers and workers on their duties and rights under the law,” the Regional Director added. 

RA 11058 prescribes appropriate OSH programs for all establishments, projects and sites and all other places where work is being undertaken, and the employment of Safety Officers and Occupational Health personnel, depending on the employment size, nature of operations and risks involved. 

The fines collected shall be utilized for the operation of OSH initiatives incentivizing qualified employers and workers in recognition of their efforts towards ensuring compliance with OSH and general labor standards, including OSH training and education as well as other inter-governmental programs and activities. 

“May this serve as a stern warning to all companies that might be taking our OSH laws for granted.  Compliance will spare them from stiff penalties and fines,” Director Lacambra said. END/Arly Sta. Ana-Valdez with report from TSSD

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2019-10-30
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