THE Department of Labor and Employment has started inspecting 130 manufacturers and retailers/dealers of pyrotechnics and firecrackers in Bulacan.
Labor Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III said the inspection aims to ensure that the manufacturers, dealers and retailers are complying with occupational safety and health standards.
“The DoLE Regional Office in Region 3 will make assessment on the compliance of these establishments. They will check the compliance of the local establishments with the safety and health standards which will serve as basis for the agency to lift or not the work stoppage order,” he said.
Bello added that if all requirements are complied with, the DoLE regional director, with recommendations from the BFP and PNP, will issue recommendation to lift the stoppage order for the compliant establishment.
The said establishments are composed of 40 manufacturers and 90 retailers/dealers of firecrackers in the municipality of Sta. Maria and Bocaue in Bulacan.
The DoLE regional offices were directed to submit the report to Bello within the week.
He added that if an establishment is compliant with the requirements, the regional office may recommend the lifting of the work stoppage order.
The requirements needed to recommend the lifting of the work stoppage order are certification from the Philippine National Police that the establishment/local government unit is compliant with the requirements provided by Republic Act 7183 or An act regulating the sale, manufacture, distribution and use of firecrackers and other pyrotechnic devices; valid fire safety certification from the Bureau of Fire Protection; one- day safety awareness training for all workers; and conduct of DoLE joint assessment.
The order mainly mandated the stoppage of work of any unit, department or entire operation of an establishment when non-compliance with occupational safety and health standards poses imminent danger to the health and safety of the employees in the workplace.
Bello said all DoLE regional offices were instructed to coordinate with the LGUs, PNP and BFP for strict implementation of the order.
Last Nov. 24, Bello issued a work stoppage order to all establishments engaged in the manufacture and sale of pyrotechnics and firecrackers nationwide, following the recent explosions in fireworks shops in Bulacan that killed five people and injured 30 others.