To strengthen measures that ensure the safety and health of Filipino seafarers, Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz has issued Labor Advisory No. 17, Series of 2015, which lays down the training requirements on the maritime occupational safety and health (MOSH) for designated safety and health officers onboard Philippine-registered ships.
“The new labor advisory, which is pursuant to D.O. No. 132, Series of 2013, outlines the requisites for designated safety and health officer to obtain a Basic Occupational Safety and Health (BOSH) certificate,” said Baldoz.
D. O. No. 132 requires all owners of Philippine-registered ships plying both domestic and international voyages to have occupational safety and health policies and programs for their employees and a safety and health committee on board or onshore for ships with five or more seafarers.
It provides for the composition of the onboard safety and health committee, with the master (either the captain or chief engineer) as the chairman, the safety and health officer as the secretary, and a seafarers’ representative as members. The safety and health officer is required to complete the 40-hour Basic Occupational Safety and Health course mandatory for safety and health officers in all industries.
According to the advisory, a designated safety and health officer onboard a Philippine-registered ship (PRS) plying both domestic and international voyages shall be considered as having complied with the 40-hour Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Training if he/she has complied with the following requirements:
a. Holder of the following certificates from MARINA-accredited training centers, for equivalency modules in the training courses required by the Standards of Training, Certification, and Watch keeping Convention, as amended:
1. Basic Safety Training in Personal Survival Techniques, Fire Prevention and Fire Fighting, Elementary First Aid, and Personal Safety and Social Responsibilities;
2. Seafarers with Designated Security Duties with Ship Security Awareness Training (SDSD with SSAT); or
3. Ship Security Officer (SSO) which is required only for management and operational level officers;
4. Attendance to one-day MOSH Training Course to be conducted by the DOLE or its accredited Safety Training Organization (STO) upon submission of the said certificates.
Baldoz reiterated that ship owners/manning agencies shall shoulder the cost of the one-days MOSH training.
The advisory also states that any organization may apply for accreditation with the DOLE as a Safety Training Organization to provide the required one-day MOSH training, in accordance with D.O. 16.
It also lays down the requirements for accreditation as STO, which are as follows:
a. Articles of Incorporation of the entity (ship owners, ship managers, manning agents, and Maritime Training Centers) duly-registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC);
b. A valid Manning License issued by the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA);
c. Certificate of Accreditation as a maritime entity from the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA);
d. List of authorized trainors for the one-day MOSH training. The trainors should be practitioners in the maritime industry and must possess a Certificate of Attendance to the Trainors’ Training Course conducted by DOLE, or Certificate of Completion of IMO Model Course 6.09.
e. Must have one consultant duly accredited by the Occupational Safety and Health Center (OSHC). The consultant must submit to the OSHC the following documentary requirements for accreditation:
• Certificate of Sea Service showing at least five years of sea experience as management level officer onboard a ship;
• Extract from Safety Management System (SMS) Manual and Procedures of a copy of the Duties and Responsibilities of a Shipboard Safety Officer;
• Holder of Certificate of Completion of IMO Model Course 6.09; and
• Must have attended at least an accumulated 60 days (or 480 hours) of training/seminars and lecturing/teaching experience related to maritime safety policies/procedures onboard domestic or ocean going vessels.
f. Must have basic instructional materials and facilities, including multi-media equipment, dedicated training room, and course materials.
Syllabus and course materials on the one-day MOSH training that will cover maritime OSH legislation, include hours of work and hours of rest (MLC 2006, Regulation 2.3); Accommodation and Recreational Facilities (MLC 2006, Regulation 3.1, Standard A3.1, Paragraph No. 4); and Health and Safety Protection and Accident Prevention (MLC 2006, Regulation 4.3, Standard A4.3, Paragraph Nos. 1, 2, 4, 6 and 7); Industrial Hygiene; and Occupational Health.
Under Labor Advisory No. 17, the accredited and recognized STO shall be responsible for the authenticity of the certificates of the candidate for MOSH Safety and Health Officer. Any misrepresentation/submission of fraudulent certificates or other documents to obtain the required MOSH certificate for the designated MOSH Safety and Health Officer will cause the suspension and withdrawal of accreditation and recognition of the said STO.
Baldoz added that for those designated MOSH Safety and Health Officers who have taken the five day BOSH Training Course conducted by an accredited STO shall be re-issued with the MOSH Certificate by the OSHC.