Safety and health at work

Improved Notification and Recording System for Occupational Injuries and Illnesses in Selected Enterprises (Second Batch)

The ILO SafeYouth@Work in partnership with the Department of Labor and Employment's Occupational Safety and Health Center (OSHC) and the Bureau of Working Conditions (BWC) provided training interventions to improve notification and recording practices on occupational accidents and diseases.

The collection, recording and notification of data concerning occupational accidents and diseases is instrumental in prevention, as it provides a basis to identify and study the causes of such accidents and diseases to enable member states to further develop preventive measures both at the enterprise and country levels. With this in mind, the ILO SafeYouth@Work Project, funded by the United States Department of Labor has partnered with the Occupational Safety and Health Center (OSHC) and the Bureau of Working Conditions (BWC) to look into the notification and recording practices of selected enterprises in the construction, manufacturing and agri-industry sectors with the goal of improving such practices through training interventions.

Noting the gaps in the respective systems of the selected enterprises, the first training course on an Improved Notification and Recording System for Occupational Injuries and Illnesses” was held on October 17 to 19, 2018 at the OSHC for participants from the Lopez Sugar Corporation in Sagay City, Negros Occidental. The training-workshop gathered a total of twenty participants from selected enterprises. These comprised of safety officers, human resource officers, middle managers, division heads, rank and file workers, supervisors and compliance officers and trade union or workers representatives all of which were identified to play important roles in the notification and recording systems of their respective companies.

During the activity, participants were briefed on the expected reforms in the notification and recording system on account of the passage of Republic Act No. 11058 or the Philippine OSH Standards Act as well as the on-going revisions to the Philippine Occupational Safety and Health Standards (OSHS). Resource persons from the BWC introduced the modified work accident report form known as Work Accident and Illnesses Report or WAIR by asking the participants to fill-up the forms while identifying areas which they find unclear or which they believe would require further guidance. Participants used case studies as their reference during the workshops on making reports on occupational injuries and illnesses.

Expressing appreciation for the in-depth training on an important OSH function, Joey Robert Adrias, a Shift Attendant at the Medical Section of Lopez Sugar Corporation who is also the Vice-President of the Federation of Free Workers (FFW) local union in the said enterprise, shared that what he learned during the training will prove beneficial not just for the company in terms of having a factual basis for OSH practices but also for the trade union as the same information will prove useful in educating their members on the importance of understanding and observing preventive measures to guarantee safety and health at the workplace. Meanwhile, Margaret Demavibas, head of the personnel department of Lopez Sugar Corporation, also shared that the training opened her eyes to the critical role human resource officers play as “bridges” between employers and workers so that OSH policies and programmes including on notification and recording of occupational injuries and illnesses are effectively implemented at the enterprise level.

Funding is provided by the United States Department of Labor under cooperative agreement number IL-26690-14-75-K-11.

This material does not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the
United States Department of Labor, nor does mention of trade names, commercial products, or organizations imply endorsement by the United States Government. One hundred percentage of the total costs of the project or programme is financed with Federal funds, for a total of 11,443,156 dollars.