A Safe and Healthy Return to Work
during the COVID-19 Pandemic
The COVID-19 crisis is certainly putting serious pressure
on both Employers and Employees. The pandemic is a Game Changer
that resulted to unimaginable outcomes!
Employers are obliged to revise their Risk Assessment
and Disaster Management strategies. They are facing the dilemma
of whether they will partially or even totally shift to new procedures and practices
in a very restrictive time, suspend or close the business. This crisis has translated
life to a new level of a very challenging dimension.
On May 01, 2020, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE)
announced the promulgation of DTI and DOLE’s interim Guidelines
on Workplace Prevention and Control of Covid-19, which in principle,
the Employers and workers in the private sector were mandated to observe
strict health protocols as the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ)
and General Community Quarantine (GCQ) remain in effect.
They are required to follow total precautionary measures.
Occupational Health and Safety is one critical responsibility of the Employer.
The new Occupational Safety and Health Standard (OSHS) guidelines, under RA 11058, mandates the employers to comply with OSHS standards, including updated training programs, on-site clinic facilities, audit, compliance tracking, educating workers on workplace hazards, and providing safe facilities and personal protective equipment, among others. The workers have the right to refuse unsafe and unhealthy work conditions.
Compliance with OSH Standards is a must to all establishments.
It is considered as a step towards industrial peace and harmony.
The Occupational Safety and Health Center (OSHC), in partnership with
the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) directs private institutions
and government organizations to ensure the health and safety of their employees.
As the new law protects workers nationwide, HR Professionals and People Managers need to be aware of how these changes impact on their organizations.
The Health and SafetyWorks Virtual Forum aims to fortify your current know-how
in sustaining a safe and healthy workplace in the new normal.