Forty (40) members and officials of various unions and federations in Metro Manila have participated in the kick-off of the DOLE’s technical learning sessions at the Occupational Safety and Health Center in Diliman, Quezon City, the first in the series that Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz has ordered in the aftermath of the deadly Kentex Manufacturing Corporation fire accident.
“I have ordered this series of learning sessions on OSH and safety inspection to enhance safety and health in all workplaces.The learning session is not new, but we have to refresh our people’s and our partners’ knowledge on OSH. We have to underscore the importance of OSH among workers and employers,” said Baldoz.
The Bureau of Labor Relations (BLR) is leading the conduct of the series of learning sessions on occupational safety and health standards and technical safety inspection in coordination with the Bureau of Working Conditions (BWC) and Occupational Safety and Health Center (OSHC).
On the second leg of the learning session on 5 June, a total of 36 union and federation representatives joined, while 38joined the learning session on 26 June.
The representatives were from the National Association of Trade Unions (NATU);Samahan at Ugnayan ng mga Manggagawang Pantahanan sa Pilipinas, Inc. (SUMAPI); Philippine Trade and General Workers’ Organization (PTGWO); Metro East Labor Federation (MELF);Alliance of Genuine Labor Organizations (AGLO);Federation of Free Workers(FFW);Associated Labor Unions (ALU);Confederation of Democratic Workers of the Philippines (CDWP); Kaunlaran ng Manggagawang Pilipino, Inc.(KMPI);
All Workers Alliance of Trade Unions (AWATU); Alliance of Free Workers (AFW); League of Independent Bank Organization (LIBO); International Seamen’s Mutual Labor Association (ISLA); Pambansang Kilusan sa Paggawa (KILUSAN);
National Union of Bank Employees (NUBE); Association of Construction and Informal Workers (ACIW); United Filipino Seafarers (UFS); Mariners’ & Allied Transport Employees’Union (MATEU); Philippine Association of Migrant Workers and Advocates (PAMWA); Federation of Coca Cola Unions (FCCU); Samahang Manggagawang Pilipino-National Alliance of Teachers and Office Workers (SMP-NATOW); Kilusan ng Manggagawang Makabayan (KMM); and National Union of Workers in Hotel Restaurant and Allied Industries (NUWHRAIN).
The learning sessions tackled Occupational Safety and Health Standards Rule 1070 (Occupational Health and Environmental Control); 1083 (Respiratory Protection); 1090 (Hazardous Materials); and Department Order No. 136-14: Guidelines for the Implementation of Globally Harmonized System (GHS) in Chemical Safety Program in the Workplace; scope and components of OSH standards and other OSH-related DOLE issuances which form part of the Labor Compliance Checklist; key principles in the implementation of workplace policies and programs on drug-free workplace, Tuberculosis (TB), HIV and AIDS, and Hepatitis B; and the coverage of technical safety inspection and standard requirements.
Baldoz said the learning session emphasized the importance of ensuring safety and health at the workplace.
“Most importantly, thelearning sessions also provided an opportunity to discuss issues and challenges in the implementation of occupational safety and health standards,” said Baldoz.
She added that these learning sessions highlight the advocacy and commitment of the DOLE to remain steadfast in its mandate to promote occupational safety and health towards achieving decent work for all.
The next sessions are scheduled on 31 July, 14 and 28 August, and 11 and 25 September. Interested participants may contact Mr. Roland C. Nobleza or Ms. Adoracion I. Ducduc of the BLR’s Union Registration and Workers’ Empowerment Division (URWED) at telephone nos. 527-2537.