Occupational Safety and Health Standards

    Philippines

    Occupational Safety and Health Standards

    The Occupational Safety and Health Standards, (As Amended) 1989 (‘the Standards’) apply to all places of employment, aiming to protect every working person against dangers in the workplace through safe and healthy working conditions. 

    Last Updated: July 30, 2019


  • Requirements

    Under the Standards, the definition of ‘employer’ includes any person acting directly or indirectly in the interest of an employer in relation to an employee. 

    Duties of employers are listed under Rules 1005 (general provisions), 1045 (Health and Safety Committee), and 1965 (occupational health services) of the Standards: 

    • rule 1005(4) states that, ‘it shall be the duty of any person, including any builder or contractor or enforcement agent, who visits, builds, renovates, or installs devices, or conducts business in any establishment or workplace, to comply with the provisions of this Standards and all regulations of the employer issued there under as well as with other subsequent issuances of the Secretary’; 
    • rule 1045 states that, ‘developing workers’ interest and participation in the planning and development of safety program is the responsibility of the employer’; and 
    • rule 1965 requires employers to establish occupational health services, adopt a comprehensive health programme for workers, and maintain a health record of his/her programmes and activities and submit an annual medical report to the Regional Labor Office. 

    The Standards also contain specific guidelines for the construction industry, shipbuilding industry, and implementing the Philippines AIDS Prevention and Control Act 1998, among others. 

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