Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Secretary Rogelio Singson has prioritized safety and health on all infrastructure facilities in the country and is planning to create a Quality Assurance and Safety Bureau. The DPWH has also requested assistance from the Occupational Safety and Health Center (OSHC) to boost the safety and health education of the DPWH staff for effective implementation of the Department’s Order No. 13 - Guidelines Governing Occupational Safety and Health in the Construction Industry.
The Guidelines, signed in 1998, mandates the occupational health and safety requirements for the construction industry including the role of safety officers in the implementation of effective occupational safety and health programs at the work sites.
In accordance with the 22-point Labor Agenda of Labor Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz under the directive of President Benigno S. Aquino III, OSHC will conduct a series of Construction Safety Trainings (CST) for the DPWH. “We are pleased to be working with the Department of Public Works and Highways to ensure the safety of workers in the construction industry, and to train more people who will spread knowledge about safety and health in the workplace,” said Ma. Teresita S. Cucueco, M.D., Executive Director of OSHC during the opening of the first training batch attended by directors and engineers of DPWH.
The 40-hour training from November 30 to December 3, covered environmental safety; handling of construction machinery; excavation safety; personal protective equipment; occupational health and safety; health legislation; and safety and health practices.