DOLE resumes labor inspection

January 23, 2022 Lee Ann P. Ducusin 115 views

THE Department of Labor and Employment resumed conducting labor inspections after Labor Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III ordered nationwide labor inspections after temporarily suspending it in December to ensure establishments’ compliance with labor laws.

In Administrative Order No. 11, Series of 2022 issued on Jan. 19, Bello authorized the department’s labor inspectors to conduct routine inspections, complaint inspection, occupational safety and health standards investigation, and special inspection in establishments until Dec. 31, 2022, unless earlier revoked.

Bello tasked the DOLE Regional Directors to issue the corresponding authority to inspect and investigate specific establishments or workplaces.

Under the AO, over 600 labor inspectors were given authority to conduct labor inspection activities in establishments nationwide.

Meanwhile, 126 technical safety inspectors were authorized to conduct Technical Safety Inspection of boilers, pressure vessels, internal combustion engines, elevators, hoisting equipment, electrical wirings, and other mechanical equipment installation.

In addition, technical safety inspectors who are registered mechanical and electrical engineers are directed to conduct initial review and evaluation of mechanical and electrical plans for the issuance of Permit to Operate for mechanical equipment and Certificate of Electrical Inspection for electrical wiring installations.

Technical safety inspectors are labor inspectors who are also registered or professional engineers and have undergone Technical Safety Inspection Training.

In the same order, Bello also reminded that only designated Hearing Officers shall conduct mandatory conferences for inspections with noted violations.

Among those authorized are 485 Hearing Officers tasked to conduct mandatory conferences after the lapse of the correction period for violations of general labor standards, occupational safety and health standards, and contracting or subcontracting rules.

Some 115 regional office personnel were designated as Sheriff who will take charge in the enforcement of issued writs of execution, implementation of decisions, and performance of final decisions and orders.

In December, Bello directed all DOLE regional directors to temporarily cease all labor inspection activities in their respective regions to enable the Department to dispose of all pending labor standards cases and prepare the inspection program for 2022.

A total of 90,327 establishments covering 3.7 million workers were inspected in 2021.