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Employing safety officers is required by law; the DOLE reminded businesses.

On Friday, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) reminded private businesses that Republic Act 11058, also known as the Occupational Safety and Health Standards Act, requires the appointment of safety officers in their workplaces.

Every workplace must have safety officers, according to the law. And I want to be clear that this applies to every workplace, not just one particular business. German Eser, head of the DOLE Occupational Safety and Health Center (OSHC) Training and Public Information Division, stated at a Laging Handa briefing that if a company has branches, there must be safety officers in each branch.

According to him, the number of employees at a site and its risk-level classification determine the number of safety officers and their credentials.

For instance, a low-risk retail trade firm with 50 or fewer employees only requires one Safety Officer 1 who takes 10 hours of OSH training, according to Eser.

Meanwhile, he stated that if the number of employees exceeds 50, a Safety Officer II who has completed a 40-hour basic occupational safety and health training course must be assigned.

Even if there are just nine employees or fewer, a Safety Officer II is still necessary for high-risk jobs like those in the construction sector.

In summary, the number of safety officers and their level of training increase together with the number of workers and the classification of their risk. How many occupational health personnel and facilities are required also depends on the number of employees and amount of danger, Eser continued.

Policies and recommendations for occupational safety and health are created through triangular consultations facilitated by the Bureau of Working Conditions.

The labor inspectors in the regional offices are responsible for enforcing these regulations.

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