The Regional Conciliation and Mediation Branch III, in partnership with the Central Luzon Association of Labor Management Cooperation Practitioners, Inc., hosted a webinar on Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) via Zoom on March 24, 2021. The webinar is part of the program on enhancement of workplace relations.

The webinar sought to empower employers and encourage workers’ participation in building and sustaining a preventative occupational safety and health culture which results in enhanced productivity at workplaces.

Topics presented and discussed in the webinar include legal bases of OSH, DOLE OSH framework, OSHS common violations, prohibited acts and their corresponding penalties, Hazard Identification, Risk Assessment and Control (HIRAC), COVID-19 return to work protocols and the salient features of Republic Act No. 11313-19 also known as the Safe Spaces Act. 

Mr. Rey Jose Soriano of the Occupational Safety and Health Center (OSHC) was the lone resource speaker. Being an accredited speaker of the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW), he also briefly discussed concepts on Gender and Development.

Compliance with the OSH standards is an essential part of operating a business to ensure the health and safety of workers in the workplace and ultimately increase productivity. 

The OSH law or Republic Act 11058 makes it mandatory to designate and train safety officers in all business establishments.

“Webinars like this are one way of reaching the Branch’s clientele amid the COVID-19 pandemic to sustain harmonious labor-management relations in the region,” OIC-Director Cynthia C. Foncardas said. 

CLAMP, Inc. President, Ufemia C. Ayro, sincerely conveyed gratitude to the participants for taking part in the second joint area-wide webinar for the year.

The webinar gathered a total of 204 participants from 89 companies in the Region.

END/ Michelle A. Pineda