Safety and health at work

ECOP and ILO partner in training business organizations to promote OSH compliance among its members

The ILO SafeYouth@Work in partnership with the Employers Confederation of the Philippines brought together representatives in a dialogue and training-workshop on occupational safety and health compliance.

Expecting that the demand for OSH orientations and similar training activities among business organizations will greatly increase with the passage of Republic Act No 11058 or the “Act to Strengthen Compliance with Occupational Safety and Health Standards and Providing Penalties for Violations thereof,” the Employers Confederation of the Philippines (ECOP) with support from the ILO SafeYouth@Work Project, funded by the United States Department of Labor, organized a training-workshop for employers. The Training-Workshop on Increasing the Capacity of Employers and Business Membership Organizations (EBMOs) in Promoting OSH Compliance among their members was held on 26 to 29 November 2018 in Makati City.

The training-workshop was attended by more than thirty (30) representatives of employers’ organizations including those coming from industry associations and from micro-, small and medium enterprises. Participants also consisted of human resource (HR) officers of private sector companies as these are key actors directly involved in developing company policies, specific programmes and strategies and training plans. A survey of selected companies conducted prior to the training-workshop also underscored that human resource officers are acknowledged to play an important role in promoting better OSH policies and programs and in fostering OSH leadership at the workplace. The selected participants were prioritized in view of the role they are envisioned to play in cascading the learnings from the training activity to member-enterprises nationwide. The participants also shared during the training activity that their networks are comprised of businesses which employ large populations of young workers.

The training-workshop provided participants information on the duties of employers in promoting OSH compliance as established in international standards as well as in national laws and regulations. Discussions also focused on the proposed rules implementing RA 11058 as well as the proposed revisions to the Occupational Safety and Health Standards (OSHS). Noting the importance of OSH information in the development of responsive OSH policies and programmes at the enterprise level, the participants were also kept abreast with the expected reforms in the OSH reporting forms as part of the implementation of RA 11058 and the revisions to the OSH standards.

Focus on OSH concerns among young workers which employers should be aware of was done through sessions on mental health awareness; coping with stress and bullying; drugs and alcohol; reproductive health including HIV-AIDS and family planning; and emergency preparedness.

ECOP has been collaborating with the ILO on previous OSH advocacy activities particularly in the conduct of the Essentials of Occupational Safety and Health (EOSH) program. The organization aims to implement roll-out training activities among the organizations represented in this recently held training-workshop.

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.