Safety Officer, OSH Practitioner and Consultant


Safety Officer - refers to any employee/worker trained and tasked to implement occupational safety and health programs in the workplace in accordance with the provisions of the Standards and shall be synonymous to the term "Safety Man" as used in these Standards.

Practitioner in Occupational Safety and Health - refers to any qualified person as assessed and duly-accredited by the Bureau to practice and render occupational safety and health services in a defined and specific scope or core competency.

Occupational Safety and Health Consultant - refers to any practitioner in occupational safety and health or group of persons or organizations duly-accredited by the Bureau to practice, perform and/or render consultative and/or advisory services on occupational safety and health in at least two (2) fields of specialization.

Occupational Safety and Health Personnel - refers to Physician, Nurse, Dentist, Chemist, Engineers, Safety Officer, First-Aider and other persons engaged by the employer to provide occupational safety and health services as required by the Standards.

Occupational Safety and Health Standards 2017

RULE 1047: DUTIES OF SAFETY MAN
The principal function of the Safety Man is to act as the employee principal assistant and consultant in the application of programs t remove the hazards from the workplace and to correct unsafe work practices. For this purpose, the Safety Man has the following duties:

(1) Serves as Secretary to the Health and Safety Committee. As such, he shall:
  • a. prepare minutes of meetings;
  • b. report status of recommendations made;
  • c. notify members of the meetings; and
  • d. submit to the employer a report of the activities of the committee including recommendations made.
(2) Acts in an advisory capacity on all matters pertaining to health and safety for the guidance of the employer and the workers.
(3) Conducts investigation of accidents as member of the Health and Safety Committee and submits his separate report and analysis of accidents to the employer.
(4) Coordinates all health and safety training programs for the employees and employer.
(5) Conducts health and safety inspection as member of the committee.
(6) Maintains or helps in the maintenance of an efficient accident record system and coordinates actions taken by supervisors to eliminate accident causes.
(7) Provides assistance to government agencies in the conduct of safety and health inspection, accident investigation or any other related programs.
(8) For purposes of effectiveness in a workplace where time safety man is required, he shall report directly to employer.

OTHER DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF SAFETY AND HEALTH OFFICER

1. To develop, implement and monitor Occupational Health and Safety Policy, Programs, and Procedures;
2. To assist in complying legislation and/or regulations of DOLE to protect the safety and health of employees and visitors;
3. To establish budget proposals for the operation of Occupational Health and Safety office and specific training programs;
4. To increase health and safety awareness at all levels within the organization;
5. To respond to employees' safety concerns;
6. To conduct, as necessary, the safety inspection of an facility;
7. To assist the Occupational Health and Safety Committees;
8. To respond to fires and other emergencies
9. To coordinate registration and removal of hazardous waste;
10. To receive reports from and respond to orders issued by Department of Labor inspectors;
11. To arrange for Occupational Health and Safety testing and/or evaluations of the workplace by external agencies/consultants as may be necessary;
12. To act as liaison with all related governmental bodies and regulating agencies;
13. To coordinate the training of personnel in areas of safety, including first aid, CPR, accident prevention and investigation, work place inspections and other matters related to implementing safety procedures;
14. To assist executive staff, senior administrators, principals and supervisors in emergency preparedness;
15. To develop, review, and update appropriate sections of the Board's Emergency Procedures Manual;
16. To update plans, organize exercises and evaluate procedures;
17. To coordinate with the fire department regarding emergency procedures, communications and fire safety education programs;
18. To assume other duties as may be assigned.

PROCEDURAL GUIDELINES FOR ACCREDITATION OF PRACTITIONERS, CONSULTANTS AND ORGANIZATIONS ON OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH PURSUANT TO DEPARTMENT ORDER NO. 16 SERIES OF 2001 WHICH AMENDED RULE 1030 OF THE OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH STANDARDS (OSHS) GENERAL FEATURES AND OBJECTIVES OF DEPARTMENT ORDER NO. 16, S. OF 2001

A. OBJECTIVES

This Procedural Guidelines aims to standardize and streamline the operating procedures in the processing of applications for accreditation of Occupational Safety and Health Personnel and Training Organizations, with the end view of carrying out the policies and objectives of Department Order No. 16, s. of 2001, otherwise known as the "Training and Accreditation of Personnel on Occupational Safety and Health".

B. LEGAL BASES
The Secretary of Labor shall by appropriate orders set and enforce mandatory occupational safety and health standards to eliminate or reduce occupational safety and health hazards in all workplaces and institute new and update existing programs to ensure safe and healthful working conditions in all places of employment (Article 162 Book IV, Title I, of the Labor Code of the Philippines, as amended)

The Bureau of Working Conditions (BWC), either directly or through accredited training organizations shall conduct continuing programs to increase the supply and competence of personnel qualified to carry out the provisions of this Standards pursuant to Rule 1030 (as amended by D.O. 16 s. of 2001) of the Occupational Safety and Health Standards otherwise known as the Implementing Guidelines of Article 162 Book IV, Title I, of the Labor Code of the Philippines, as amended)

C. SALIENT FEATURES OF D.O. 16, S. 2001 (AMENDMENTS OF RULE 1030 OF THE OSHS) ON TRAINING AND ACCREDITATION

1. Training Requirements
Any person desiring to be employed as or practice Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) in the country is required to complete the prescribed training as follows:
  • a. OH Personnel - (nurse, physician, dentist) - prescribed training specified under Rule 1960 of the OSHS
  • b. Safety Officer — Basic Training on OSH, 40 hours
  • c. OSH Practitioner- Basic Training on OSH, 40 hours
  • d. OSH Consultant — Advanced Training on OSH, 80 hours
  • e. Trainers on OSH — Basic Training on OSH, 40 hours and Trainers Training Course, 24 hours
2. Types of Accreditation
Accreditation may be issued to the following:
  • a. Individuals such as practitioners and consultants who are qualified to practice OSH in the Philippines as determined by the Bureau.
  • b. Institutions or Organizations such as occupational safety and health training organizations and consultancy organizations qualified to render occupational safety and health services such as training, consultancy, inspection and audit among others as determined by the Bureau.
3. Minimum Requirements for Accreditation
The following are the minimum requirements for accreditation as:

a. Practitioner in Occupational Safety and Health (OSH Practitioner)

  • a.1. Must have completed the Bureau prescribed 40-hour Basic Occupational Safety and Health Training Course from DOLE accredited or recognized organizations.
  • a.2. Must have relevant experience in occupational safety and health. Three (3) years experience is required if applicant is duly licensed, Four (4) years experience, if graduate of any 4 or 5 year college course without license and Ten (10) years experience if college undergraduate.
Relevant experience shall mean actual work experience on OSH or a combination of actual work experience and attendance or participation in various trainings, seminars and other related learning processes.

b. Consultant in Occupational Safety and Health (OSH Consultant)

  • b.1. Must be an accredited OSH practitioner for five (5) years with experience in two (2) fields of specialization on OSH.
  • b.2. Must have experience in policy formulation and development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of occupational safety and health management systems.
  • b.3. Must have completed the 80-hour Advanced Occupational Safety and Health Training Course as prescribed by the Bureau.
  • b.4. Must have earned 480 hours of training/seminar or related learning processes in various fields of occupational safety and health from accredited organization or institutions authorized by law.
c. Occupational Safety and Health Consultancy Organization

  • c. 1. Must be composed of two or more accredited occupational safety and health consultants with valid accreditations.
  • c.2. Must have a valid business registration, license, and permit to operate or any other proofs to show existence as a juridical entity recognized under appropriate issuances/laws.

d. Occupational Safety and Health Training Organization

  • d.1. Must be composed of two trainers on OSH. 
  • d.2. Must have basic training equipment's, facilities and materials as determined by the Bureau.
  • d.3. Must have a valid business registration, license and permit to operate or any other proofs to show existence as a juridical entity recognized under appropriate issuances/laws.
  • d.4 A Bureau-prescribed and/or approved course of study shall be used or followed by accredited organizations. Any deviation from the prescribed training must be with the previous approval of the Bureau.

4. Validity and Renewal of Accreditation
Accreditation shall be valid for three (3) years and shall be renewed upon compliance of the minimum requirements, unless suspended, cancelled or revoke on grounds pursuant to D.O. 16.

5. Effects of Accreditation

a. Accreditation shall be synonymous with license to practice occupational safety and health. Thus, no person or organization shall be allowed, hired or otherwise employed as a practitioner/consultant in the practice of occupational safety and health while organization shall not be authorized to conduct OSH trainings and services, unless the requirements of this rule are complied with.
b. No employer or organization shall hire or employ a practitioner or consultant on occupational safety and health unless accredited by the Bureau.

6. Requirements on the Renewal of Accreditation

a. OSH Practitioner and Consultant
  • Updated Resume with recent picture
  • Summary of Accomplishments on OSH duly certified by the supervisor and employer
  • Payment of Fees
b. Training and Consultancy Organizations
  • Updated organization profile
  • Updated resume of trainers and consultants - Annual Accomplishment Report
  • Reports on monitoring and evaluation of training/services rendered
  • Calendar of Trainings or services
  • Payment of Fees
7. Grounds for Suspension / Cancellation of Accreditation
a. Suspension:
  • a.1. Inactive as occupational safety and health practitioner/consultant/training/consulting organization for three (3) consecutive years.
  • a.2. Failure to renew accreditation with the Bureau on or before the anniversary date of the original accreditation.
  • a.3. Non-compliance with the provisions or other requirements of this Rules, promulgated orders, decisions and circulars issued by the Bureau/Department on accreditation.
b. Cancellation
  • b.l. Convicted for criminal offense involving moral turpitude.
  • b.2. Violation of professional ethics.
  • b.3. Two (2) consecutive suspensions.
8. Remedies to Reactivate Suspended Accreditation

An appeal for reactivation of suspended accreditation shall be filed with Bureau for consideration.

9. Audit System:

A regular audit shall be done by the Bureau to determine compliance with the Provisions of Accreditation (Rule 1034).

10. Confidential Character of Certain Data

Information and documents received by or filed with the Bureau in compliance with the requirements for accreditation and its renewal shall be treated as confidential and shall not be divulged to any party without the consent of the concerned individual or organization.

11. Fees 
Applicant shall pay the following fees as stated by Rule 1970 of Occupational Safety and Health Standards which was amended by Department Order 9, series 2001:

OSH Practitioner
Certificate P 150.00
Annual/Renewal P 100.00

OSH Consultant
Certificate P 300.00
Annual/Renewal P 150.00

Organization 
Certificate P300.00 
Annual/Renewal P 200.00

DEFINITION OF TERMS AND SPECIFIC PROVISIONS
DEFINITION OF TERMS

a. Department
— refers to the Department of Labor and Employment.
b. Secretary - refers to the Secretary of Labor and Employment.
c. Bureau - refers to the Bureau of Working Conditions.
d. Regional Office — refers to the Regional Offices of the Department of Labor and Employment.
e. Director - refers to the Director of the Bureau of Working Conditions
f. Standards - refers to the Occupational Safety and Health Standards, as amended.
g. Accreditation - is synonymous to license granted by the Secretary to any qualified individual and private organization to practice occupational safety and health and to assist in the promotion and implementation of the provisions of the Standards.
h. Practitioner — refers to any qualified person as assessed and duly accredited by the Bureau to practice and render occupational safety and health services in a defined and specific scope or core competency.
i. Consultant — refers to any practitioner in occupational safety and health duly accredited by the Bureau to practice, perform and/or render consultative and/or advisory services on occupational safety and health in at least two (2) fields of specialization as enumerated in Annex "A" of D.O. 16 series of 2001.
j. Consulting Organization — refers to group of persons or an organization duly-accredited by the Bureau to practice, perform and/or render consultative and/or advisory services on occupational safety and health in at least two (2) fields of specialization as enumerated in Annex "A" of D.O. 16 series of 2001.
k. Consultancy Organization — as used in this manual is synonymous to Consulting Organization provided for in D.O. 16.
l. Training Organization — refers to an institution/organization accredited or authorized by law to conduct training in a particular field or a combination of fields on occupational safety and health duly accredited by DOLE.
m. Audit — Shall mean an evaluation process to determine compliance of accredited safety training organizations and consulting organizations with the criteria/requirements set by the Bureau.
n. Foreign Nationals — refers to persons who are not citizens of the Philippines whether residents or non-residents.
o. Documentary Requirements — refers to all the forms and related documents enumerated in the checklist attached to the application forms annexed to this Manual.
p. Fees — refers to the amount paid to the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) by the applicant in securing an accreditation which include certificates and annual fees.
q. Training — refers to training prescribed by the BWC and other OSH related trainings conducted by DOLE accredited or recognized organization or institutions.

LIST OF REQUIREMENTS ON ACCREDITATION AS OSH PRACTITIONER/CONSULTANT (NEW APPLICATION)
Duly accomplished Application Form, DOLE-BWC-AF-PCN-A 1 for OSH practitioner/consultant and DOLE —BWC-AF-ORG-A3 for OSH Organization with the following attachments:
Download Form: DOLE-BWC-AF-PCN-A 1

OSH PRACTITIONER / CONSULTANT- (Use Form DOLE-BWC-AF-CHK-PC)
  1. Two (1"x 1") recent picture in red background for practitioner and blue background for consultant, duly signed at the back.
  2. Original Certificate of Employment indicating date of appointment at present position using the official company letter head and photocopy of previous employment certificate, if any.
  3. Original of actual Duties and Responsibilities at present position, using company letterhead, signed by immediate supervisor and Personnel Manager or authorized official of the company.
  4. Photocopies of certificates of completion of BWC prescribed training on OSH (40 hours) for practitioners and advanced training on OSH (80 hours) for consultants.
  5. Photocopies of certificates of completion/attendance in other OSH related trainings/seminars.
  6. Photocopy of college diploma or Transcript of Records or Board Exam Certificate/PRC license if applicable.
  7. Proof/s of accomplishment or participation in OSH (accident reports, safety inspection reports, safety audit reports, safety and health committee reports reports/programs prepared/implemented).
  8. Other documents as may be required.
Download Form: DOLE-BWC-AF-CHK-PC

When there is a change of employer/position, the following must also be submitted:
  1. Original certificate of employment indicating name, position and date of appointment at present position, using official letterhead of the company.
  2. Original of actual Duties and Responsibilities at present position, using official letterhead of the company, signed by immediate supervisor and Personnel Manager or authorized official of the company.
References: 
Occupational Safety And Health Standards, Procedural Guidelines For Accreditation of Practitioners, Consultants and Organizations on Occupational Safety And Health.
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