Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Bus operators, drivers, conductors in CL undergo training on Basic Occupational Safety and Health

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga-A total of 60 bus operators, drivers and conductors coming from the provinces of Bataan and Zambales and representing 57 companies recently participated in a training on Basic Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) conducted by Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in partnership with Corporate Occupational Safety and Health Environment Association of the Philippines.
“The five-day activity was meant to impart to the attendees the necessary skills and knowledge on Occupational Safety, Occupational Environment, Occupational Health, and responses to various OSH issues and concerns faced by the transport industry,” DOLE Regional Director Raymundo Agravante said.
Among the topics discussed include OSH situationer of the bus transport industry, General Fleet Safety, Safe Driving Practices, Defense Driving, Housekeeping and Materials Handling, Fire and Machine Safety, Use of Personal Protective Equipment, Accident Investigation,Industrial Hygiene and Control Measures, Various Forms of Hazards and their Potential Health Effects, and Promotion of Healthy Lifestyle.
Apart from lectures, participants took part in the crafting of the OSH programs and policies that would address the needs of their industry.
They also visited bus terminals to check and evaluate their OSH practices.
“With recent and numerous cases of reports on vehicular accidents involving public transportations, particularly bus-related accidents, it’s high time for the bus transport industry to take serious efforts in working with government in promoting safe and health practices in their day to day operations. We need to push these efforts in order to prevent or minimize occupational transit accidents, which can result in injuries or claim lives of workers, passengers, and other motorists,” Agravante stressed. (Carlo Lorenzo J. Datu)

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