Rey Anthony H. Chiu
TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, Oct 21, (PIA) – Full, decent and productive employment of Boholano workers gain a foothold as authorities sign a pact that would bring occupational safety and health to workplaces here.
In fact, Governor Edgar Chatto thinks Bohol could fare much better with OSH made a way of life and a major component of industries as he stressed strengthening OSH goals in improving business.
Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Bohol chief Wilson Cenas cited the development a step in the right direction, adding that it is part of DOLE’s flagship called Zero Accidents Program (ZAP).
At the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement between newly organized Bohol Occupational Safety and Health Network (Bohol OSH Net) and DOLE Regional Office 7 along with the agency’s OSH Center, DOLE representatives said they saw the beginnings of a safer workplace and its consequent productivity in Bohol work areas.
Productivity, one of the key goals in work areas is almost always hampered by occupational accidents which could have been prevented in the first place, had there been an awareness regarding work safety, explains Cenas during a press conference immediately after the MOA signing.
When accidents happen, workers stop activity, seeks management help in managing the treatment and hospital bills and this results sometimes in big company losses, cites Bohol DOLE chief.
The ultimate goal then is to arrive at a zero accidents, he adds.
But that does not come served on a silver platter.
Bohol has to rouse up interest from sectors involved about the issues and concerns involving OSH, and that is where DOLE and its OSH Center along with a Bohol OSH Net could help.
DOLE OSH Center, the focal agency on OSH is mandated to provide services in research, training, information dissemination and technical services to enterprises and workers and as such, the center conducts training courses to increase consciousness and build capacities of OSH training professionals, states the MOA.
The OSH center has OSH Network partners in its delivery of OSH trainings nationwide, and with DOLE’s Regional Offices, sets up these networks to plan for the conduct of specific trainings.
Meanwhile, these local safety networks partner with DOLE OSH center and its regional offices to assist in OSH training deliveries to generate awareness and interest.
Upon generating the interest of all sectors involved, the knowledge and awareness gained are translated into concrete action through voluntary compliance with OSH through such cooperative approaches as strengthening Safety and Health Committees and creation of Safety Patrols, according to DOLE.