The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in partnership with the International Labour Organization (ILO) has started its series of toolbox talks to increase awareness on the importance of occupational safety and health (OSH) practices among young workers, who are most vulnerable to work accidents and illnesses.

 

The safety talks, which will be conducted in various construction sites in National Capital Region from April 25 to 28, 2017, was piloted at Megawide construction site in Cuao, Quezon City and Makati Development Corporation Vertis North Project, early Tuesday.

 

A toolbox talk is an informal safety meeting that focuses on safety topics related to workplace hazards and safe work practices. It is regularly conducted at the job site prior to the commencement of work shift.

 

The talks focused on the strict implementation and compliance with the OSH standards and enhanced preventive measures to avoid accidents and illnesses at construction sites, particularly among young workers.

 

Based on the recent report of ILO, young workers aged 15-24 suffer work-related injuries at much higher rate than older workers with 50 percent of accidents involvement.

 

Labor Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III said the conduct of safety talks is one the key campaign convergence activities of DOLE and ILO to highlight occupational safety and health concerns among young workers and the value of enhancing partnerships for sustained work safety and health awareness, as well as compliance with OSH standards.
“These safety talks are just reminders to employers and workers on ensuring a safe working environment. DOLE and ILO together with our partner agencies and organizations will continue to ensure that young workers know their rights at work, including a right to a safe and healthy workplace,” Bello said.

 

The next toolbox talks will be held at construction sites of Megawide, Makati Development Corporation, Monolith, and DMCI, which were identified by the Construction Industry Tripartite Council.

 

The said activity is in line with the key campaigns of DOLE in partnership with ILO in the celebration of World Day for Safety and Health at Work on April 28, 2017.

 

END/ Abegail De Vega

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