DOLE says 92% of firms compliant with safety, health standards

Published December 9, 2020, 2:32 PM

by Leslie Ann Aquino

Ninety-two percent of companies compliant to occupational safety and health standards, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) said Wednesday.

“If I’m not mistaken the compliance rate of companies is at 92 percent when it comes to occupational safety and health standards,” Labor Undersecretary Benjo Benavidez said during the Laging Handa press briefing Wednesday.

“During the first wave of our (labor) inspection the compliance was a bit low but it has increased since then,” he added.

“They now give more importance to ensuring the workplaces are safe to prevent the spread of COVID-19,” said Benavidez.

According to the DOLE official,  labor inspections in different establishments have resumed since June.

“When the total lockdown in NCR was lifted we already asked our inspectors to visit the workplaces. Why? To ensure that the health protocols are in placed,” Benavidez said.

“Based on our data, we inspected more establishments now compared last year. It is because it is not only the DOLE yhat is doing the inspection but also the DTI (Department of Trade and Industry), DOH (Department of Health) and the local government units,” he added.

“We already exceeded our target of 64,000,” said Benavidez.

The DOLE and DTI ssued Interim Guidelines on Workplace Prevention and Control of COVID-19 in April 30, 2020.

On August 14, DOLE and DTI issued Joint Memorandum Circular No. 20-04, or the Supplemental Guidelines on Workplace Prevention and Control of COVID-19.

Required under the guidelines are the use of face masks, physical distancing of at least one meter, recording of body temperature, disinfection and sanitation routine practices, and signage on safety measures are required, among others.