To increase the compliance of establishments in the region on occupational safety and health standards (OSH), the Department of Labor and Employment Regional Office 1 (DOLE RO1) held free training session for Basic Occupational Safety and Health (BOSH) for Safety Officer 1 (SO1) via online on September 29-30, 2022.

OIC Regional Director Honorina Dian-Baga said DOLE RO1 facilitated the training for free in an aim to strengthen the awareness of establishments, especially the micro small and medium enterprises (MSMEs), on relevant laws on OSH which they need to comply with.

Around 80 MSME personnel benefitted from the free training, which was facilitated in partnership with the Occupational Safety and Health Center (OSHC) Regional Extension Unit 1.

“We give priority to MSMEs for this free training to help them defray of the expenses. This is DOLE’s way to help these establishments cope from the financial woes caused by the pandemic, and likewise facilitate their compliance to our standards,” said OIC RD Baga.

Each of the training completers were given SO1 certification, thus fulfilling one of the OSH requirements.

Under Department Order 183-2017, low-risk establishments with 1-50 workers, and medium-risk establishments with 1-9 workers should have one SO1.

BOSH for SO1 is an eight-hour OSH orientation plus two-hour Training of Trainers designed to impart knowledge and skills on basic concepts and principles of occupational safety and health to enable potential safety officers (SO1 Certification) to implement their respective company’s safety and health program.

Last Updated on October 14, 2022 by Justin Paul Marbella