Pyrotechnic manufacturers and wholesalers in Bulacan passed the occupational safety and health inspections by compliance officers in the country’s fireworks capital, the labor department reported on Saturday.
In a report by its Central Luzon regional office, DOLE said 61 of the 67 establishments inspected in Bocaue were compliant with the prescribed safety standards.
The inspections were conducted on orders of Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III for regional offices to monitor establishments’ safety and health compliance with OSH in the manufacture of pyrotechnics and firecrackers nationwide in the run up to New Year’s celebrations.
In Labor Advisory No. 17, Bello also directed LLCOs to assist establishments in correcting safety and health deficiencies.
In cases of refusal to comply with OSH standards, compliance officers were authorized to investigate violations pursuant to Department Order No. 183 or the Revised Rules on the Administration and Enforcement of Labor Laws.
Some non-compliant establishments were allowed to correct their deficiencies such as having more than two sellers and the use of stores as sleeping quarters.
In Bocaue and Sta. Maria, Bulacan alone, there are 152 pyrotechnic establishments.
Reports of other regions have yet to reach DOLE Manila.
The Bureau of Working Conditions (BWC) was tasked to consolidate the list of monitored and assisted pyrotechnic establishments nationwide.