To ensure prevention and reduction of work hazards and enforce mandatory safety and health standards in the workplace, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III has designated the Occupational Safety and Health Center (OSHC) to evaluate and accredit all safety practitioners and heavy equipment testing operators in the county.

In Administrative Order No. 407, Bello transferred the functions of evaluation, approval, and issuance of certificate of accreditation of Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Practitioners and Testing Organization for Construction Heavy Equipment (CHE) from the Bureau of Working Conditions (BWC) and DOLE Regional Offices (ROs) to OSHC.

OSHC is mandated to develop and issue the guidelines and manual of procedures for the accreditation, and the uniform and controlled certificates to OSH Practitioners and Testing Organization for CHE.

OSHC is also tasked to monitor their performance and provide advanced training and other technical assistance for capability enhancement.

Meanwhile, all applications including renewals filed with the BWC and DOLE ROs before September 7, 2017, or the effectivity date of the order shall be processed by BWC and concerned DOLE ROs and will be forwarded to the OSHC for the final approval.

The said administrative order was issued to further prevent, eliminate, and reduce occupational risks and hazards and enforce mandatory occupational safety and health standards to ensure safe and healthful working conditions in all places of employment.

Source: Department Of Labor and Employment Republic of Philippines