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New set of OHS Trainors in Cebu

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The Institute for Occupational Health and Safety Development (IOHSAD) recently conducted a Training of Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Trainors last June 19-20, 2010 at Guadalupe, Cebu City, Philippines. The event was attended by 19 participants coming from the ranks of workers and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO) personnel.

“We are very happy from the strong desire, both from the workers and people from NGO's, of promoting safer workplaces here in Cebu,” said Emma Celada, Training Officer of the IOHSAD. “Cebu recently had a number of work-related accidents leading to deaths and injuring of workers and building capacity for workers to analyze and deal with the hazards they face inside workplaces is very vital for their well-being.”

According to to Celada, majority of the participants came from the ranks of garments workers. “Issues such as noise were constantly raised as a major hazard faced by many workers in the garment sector, along with the dangers of improper ergonomics. Reproductive health concerns were also raised as most of workers from this sector are women.”

The activity was supported by the Hong Kong-based Asia Monitor Resource Center (AMRC) and the Cebu-based Visayas Human Development Agency Inc. (ViHDA).