Worker's safety law IRR out by November: labor department

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 24 2018 09:38 PM

Construction workers use jackhammers to demolish a building in Manila, December 11, 2017. Photo by Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

MANILA - The implementing rules and regulations (IRR) for the worker's safety law will "definitely" be completed before November ends, a labor department official said Friday.

President Rodrigo Duterte signed on Aug. 17 Republic Act 11058, a measure strengthening compliance with occupational safety and health standards for employees.

“The department has already created the composite technical working paper then the consultation will start," Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) director of the Bureau of Working Conditions Teresita Cucueco told ANC.

After consultations, the IRR will be reviewed, taking into consideration the comments and suggestions of partners and stakeholders, Cucueco said.

"Definitely, before the end of November, the IRR is out," she said.

The law mandates employers, contractors, and subcontractors to provide workers a place of employment “free from hazardous conditions that are causing or are likely to cause death, illness, or physical harm to workers.”

It will enforce the worker's right to refuse tasks that present imminent danger such as substandard safety measures in construction work or dealing with chemicals that could cause severe irritation, Cucueco said.

"The worker can refuse that kind of work and this is guaranteed in the law," she added.

Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) spokesperson Alan Tanjusay said the enactment of the law was a victory for workers despite it being passed at the expense of those who have suffered from unsafe and hazardous working conditions.

Hundred of workers have been killed and injured "because of poor enforcement of labor laws and most of all the non-compliance of employers to occupational safety and health," Tanjusay said.

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