Eton workers to undergo safety and health training
Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz yesterday said that the staff and workers of Eton Properties will undergo occupational safety and health training, as well as general labor standards orientation, even as she called on construction companies to comply with the Occupational Safety and Health Standards (OSH) and the guidelines governing occupational safety and health in the construction industry as contained in DOLE Department Order No. 13, to ensure safety and health of construction workers.
“The implementation of measures to prevent injuries and illnesses is a must in every workplace, especially in high-risk jobs such those in the construction industry,” Baldoz said.
She also asked the workers, contractors, and company owners in the industry not only to adhere to the guidelines under DOLE D.O. No. 13, but also to avail of trainings being conducted by the Occupational Safety and Health Center (OSHC) to prevent mishaps such as the recent tragedy in Makati in which 10 construction workers were killed.
Baldoz also said that Eton Properties safety officers and construction officials and construction workers will undergo a comprehensive training on labor standards and occupational safety and health which will be conducted by OSHC and Bureau of Working Condition (BWC) to prevent and avoid the recurrence of the tragic incident.
Based on DOLE D.O. No. 13, every construction project must have a suitable construction safety and health program duly approved by the BWC, and a full time safety officer who would oversee the program’s implementation at the project site. There must also be a safety and health committee conducting regular safety and health orientation for all workers. All workers should be provided with complete personal protective equipment (PPE) by the employer. The OSH Standards and DOLE D.O. No. 13 were issued in 1989 and 1998, respectively.
“We cannot replace life so let’s do everything to prevent its loss,” said Dr. Ma. Teresita S. Cucueco, Executive Director of the OSHC.
She added that the OSHC will intensify the conduct of training and information dissemination to ensure that workers, contractors, and company owners are aware of the occupational health and safety guidelines.
The OSHC is also conducting training for both the private and public sector, including the Department of Public Works and Highways, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority and the Civil Service Commission to promote workers’ welfare and protection.