Baldoz urges companies to accredit OSH practitioners with the DOLE’s Bureau of Working Conditions
Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz yesterday urged companies to have their respective occupational safety and health practitioners accredited with the DOLE’s Bureau of Working Conditions to ensure that only qualified OSH practitioners will assist in the implementation of the updated OSH provisions applicable to DOLE programs.
“The accreditation of safety and health practitioners by the Bureau of Working Conditions is pursuant to Rule 1030 of the Occupational Safety and Health Standards. It is a strategy to enhance the culture of safety and voluntary compliance to labor standards, particularly on occupational safety and health,” said Baldoz.
The accreditation of OSH practitioners, she added, is aimed not only at professionalizing the ranks of OSH practitioners, but also at increasing the number of competent individuals qualified to carry out the provisions of occupational safety and health standards.
“I also encourage Filipinos who are so inclined to become OSH practitioners. Being responsible for the safety and health of workers in the workplace is an important and valuable line of work,” she said.
Records of the Bureau of Working Conditions show there are 1,249 accredited safety and health practitioners nationwide as of June 2014.
Under Rule 1030 of the Occupational Safety and Health Standards, as amended by Department Order No. 16, Series of 2001, the accreditation of practitioners, consultants, and organizations on occupational safety and health (OSH) is issued to OSH Personnel and Training Organizations to assist the Department in instituting new, and to update existing, programs to ensure safe and healthful working conditions in all places of employment.
To qualify as OSH practitioner, an applicant must have completed the prescribed 40-hour Basic Occupational Safety and Health Training Course from any DOLE-accredited or -recognized organization.
The applicant must also have relevant experience in occupational safety and health. Three (3) years experience is required if an applicant is duly licensed; four (4) years experience, if he is a graduate of any four- or five-year college course without license; and ten (10) years experience if the applicant is a college undergraduate.
Under the rules, relevant experience shall mean actual work experience on OSH or a combination of actual work experience and attendance or participation in various training, seminars, and other related learning processes.