As of June 2022, the Employees’ Compensation Commission (ECC) Regional Extension Unit (REU) 8 has already trained 735 safety officers in different fields both for the government and private sectors through its participant in the conduct of over twenty Basic Occupational Safety and Health (BOSH) and Construction Safety and Health Trainings (COSH) held on several occasions from February to June 2022.
This comes after the ECC formed a partnership with the Occupational Safety and Health Center (OSHC) and other recognized safety training organizations for the intensified mass training of Safety Officers as mandated by Republic Act 11058 or An Act Strengthening Compliance with Occupational Safety and Health Standards and Providing Penalties for Violations Thereof.
The safety officers were presented with different scenarios covering work-related illnesses and injuries. During discussions, ECC Information Officer II Atty. Michelle C. Basal for REU 8 emphasized the benefits that may be availed of in the event of work-related contingencies such as disability benefits, medical benefits, carer’s allowance, and rehabilitation services.
“The ECC has always sought to expand awareness regarding the EC Program. With the help of the OSHC and other accredited Safety Training Organizations, the ECC will continue to foster a more comprehensive approach to increasing awareness regarding the program,” ECC ExecutiveDirector Stella Zipagan-Banawis said.
“However, on top of the benefits that may be availed under the EC Program, the ECC continues to remind employers and workers to always prioritize safety and health in the workplace,” Banawis added.
Atty. M. Basal – REU8