The Mines and Geosciences Bureau hosted the 40-hr virtual training on Basic Occupational Safety and Health (BOSH) for Mine Safety, Environment, and Social Development personnel of MGB Central and Regional Offices. The training was held on September 13-17, 2021 via Zoom Video Conferencing Application with trainers from PEME Consultancy, Inc.

The Basic Occupational Safety and Health Training is a mandatory training requirement for Safety Officer 2 pursuant to DOLE Department Order No. 198, the Implementing Rules and Regulations of Republic Act No. 11058 also known as “An Act Strengthening Compliance with Occupational Safety and Health Standards and Providing Penalties for Violations Thereof” which covers the mining industry, among others. Furthermore, the Joint Memorandum Circular No. 1, s. 2020 of the Civil Service Commission (CSC), Department of Health (DOH) and Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) otherwise known as the “Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Standards for the Public Sector” requires Safety and Health Officers who should undergo training on OSH and related programs.

The BOSH training course is designed to equip participants with knowledge and skills on basic concepts and principles of occupational safety and health to enable safety officers to properly implement their respective agency’s occupational safety and health program.  The 40-hr course covered the BOSH Standards introduction, concepts, and principles, identification of existing and potential safety and health hazards, determination of appropriate control measures for specific hazards, importance of effective OSH communication, description of the roles of safety officers in the overall management of OSH Program, identification of the components of an OSH Program, and development of a workplace-specific OSH Program.

Participants were grouped to do their respective workshops on Hazard Identification, Risk Assessment and Control (HIRAC). They were assigned the task of identifying hazards to corresponding activities, analyze/evaluate the possible effects, existing risk control, probability, severity, risk and propose control measures. 

At the end of the 5-day training, a competency exam was given to participants and certificates of completion were virtually presented to graduates of the training course.

By : Engr. Philippe Michael Granada                         |                  15 October 2021