As part of its 58th Founding Anniversary Celebration, the Bureau of Labor Relations (BLR) through the national Construction Industry Tripartite Council (CITC), conducted a Safety Orientation for Construction Workers and a free Assessment and Certification of Skills in selected competencies in the construction industry from 21-22 January 2015 at the Occupational Safety and Health Center (OSHC), Diliman, Quezon City.
“Safety Orientation is a requirement for all construction workers as stated in Department Order No. 13”, said Dir. Benjo Santos M. Benavidez of the BLR during his opening remarks in front of 108 workers. “Construction sites are prone to many hazards. Thus, the need to orient workers to help minimize accidents that may occur in construction sites”.
The orientation was timely after an unfortunate accident happened on a construction site in Guiguinto, Bulacan where a wall collapsed, claiming 11 lives.
The whole day orientation was conducted by speakers from the OSHC, following a structured program intended for workers in the construction industry which covered topics on Accident Causes and Prevention, Personal Protective Equipment, Construction Site Safety for Workers, Recognition of Health Hazards in Construction, Occupational Health for Construction Workers, and Salient Features of Department Order 13.
Meanwhile, a total of 70 workers availed of the free Assessment and Certification of Skills the next day where competencies in Scaffold Erection, Carpentry, Masonry, Painting, Electrical and Masonry were assessed. The activity was a first to be conducted under the auspices of the national CITC and is planned to be conducted on a quarterly basis due to the overwhelming number of interested participants.
Such endeavour by the BLR, through the CITC, is a testament to its theme, “Higit pa sa Tagumpay at Reporma, ang DOLE mas Makabuluhan, mas Nadarama”, which is in line with the theme of the DOLE 81st Anniversary.