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Safety consciousness pushed as part of school curriculum

Cebu City (November 19) -- Safety consciousness should be inculcated at a young age as the Occupational Safety and Health Center (OSCH), an attached agency of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) plans to partner with educational institutions to promote the essence of safety awareness among students.

OSCH executive director Dr. Dulce Estrella-Gust in this morning's Kapihan sa PIA that tackled the agency's Zero Accident Program (ZAP) bared that in order to prevent accidents, one must also have the appropriate personal discernment to be able to practice safety habits.

Gust said that in order to gain a sense of discernment on safety consciousness is to incorporate such value in the academe.

The move is made amid the assessment that about 50 percent of Filipinos do not place that much value on safety habits, according to Gust. Gust cited instances like non-wearing of seatbelts in spite of the law requiring drivers and front passengers to do so and the non-wearing of helmets by motorcycle drivers and passengers.

Road accidents have been ranked fourth in causes of accidents, Gust disclosed.

In Cebu, in spite of the law on the use of seatbelts that is strengthened by a city ordinance, not all drivers and front passengers wear their seatbelts although on the wearing of helmets by motorcycle-riding drivers and passengers, the Land Transportation Office (LTO-7) has been fielding men to strictly monitor the compliance of the helmet use, this is observed.

Gust however, added that safety consciousness among Filipinos is increasing although there still needs a lot to be done for this to be part of a habit in ensuring personal safety.

ZAP, the OSCH's flagship program aims to prevent work-related accidents, injuries and illnesses in the workplace as it advocates for establishments to institute safety measures to ensure the safety of their workers. It has five components namely advocacy, capability building, networking, voluntary compliance and productivity link-ups.

Among the highly identified hazardous sectors where common accidents happen are mining and quarrying, construction, manufacturing, shipbuilding and transportation.

Four categories of work hazards namely physical (noise, dust, pollution), chemical (gas, vapor, mist), biological (chemicals) and ergonomics (the environment itself) have been identified as companies must be able to identify which of the following four work hazards are found in their respective establishments and to put up the necessary measures to promote the health and safety of their workers, this is emphasized. (PIA-Cebu/FCR) [top]

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