Baguio City – The labor department has reminded establishments to strictly perform its duties and responsibilities provided in the Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Law, including the conduct of mandatory safety seminars for all its workers at no cost.

This after Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III released a labor advisory guiding establishments on the effective implementation of the Republic Act No. 11058 “An Act Strengthening Compliance with Occupational Safety and Health Standards and Providing Penalties for Violations Thereof” which provides full protection for workers against all hazards in their working environment.

DOLE-CAR Regional Director Exequiel Ronie Guzman said the labor advisory issued by the Secretary mandates all establishments to conduct free mandatory OSH seminars for workers which shall be considered as compensable working time, and must be conducted by the safety officer of the establishment or any DOLE accredited OSH practitioner or consultant.

“Providing safety seminars and training to workers is an empowering way of building and sustaining a preventative occupational safety and health culture which results to enhanced productivity at workplaces,” Guzman added.

The Director also said establishments shall be responsible in determining its own level of classification whether low risk, medium risk, or high risk on the Hazards Identification and Risk Assessment and Control (HIRAC), that will be the basis for determining the required minimum of safety officers, OH personnel, and medical services in a particular workplace.

Also, the appointment of the safety officer shall be certified by the company’s Human Resource based on the qualification requirements such as the completion of the prescribed training and minimum years of OSH experience and in addition employers shall also submit work accident cases reports, annual medical reports to DOLE and must immediately notify the nearest DOLE office for any serious work accidents./Patrick Rillorta.