Dubbed as “Safety in the Ministry” with the motto: “Better Safety and Healthy than Sorry”, the 1st Tri-Union National Safety & Health Seminar-Workshop had its opening program yesterday, September 21, 2016, at the Southern Asia Pacific Division Headquarters in Silang, Cavite.
This 3-day event sponsored by the Southern Asia-Pacific Division’s Health Ministries Department was organized with the aim to bring awareness and empowerment to every member, developing a sense of safety as a mindset that could further improve the positive safety culture in our workplaces and in our respective homes. This is tailored to be delivered across institutions involving representatives coming from hospitals, universities, colleges, conferences, missions and churches. It is designed to be 40% seminar and 60% workshops involving different modules and topics on health, safety, and environment.
- General Objectives
It’s expected that at the end of the seminar-workshop, the knowledge and skills on the basics of health and safety and environment (HSE) management system, and how to use its tools and methods to prevent accidents and loss of life, and damage to assets of the institution and the environment will be achieved.
- Specific Objectives
Specifically, at the end of this event, the participants will be able to:
- DEFINE the health, safety, and the environment management system;
- IDENTIFY different hazards and apply control measures;
- IMPLEMENT a workplace inspection;
- CONDUCT an accident investigation; and
- CREATE an action plan that will be used in their institution in formulating or enhancing their HSE management system.
Eye-opening Presentations after Opening Program
It was graced by Pastor Hermogenes Villanueva, SSD SS/PM Director as the keynote speaker during the opening program. Enlightening presentations were delivered by guest speakers with high caliber profiles: Atty. Brenda C. Villafuerte, Former DOLE-BWC Director (37 years) and WASPI National President (since 2014) and Engr. Harthwell Capistrano, HSE Consultant to the Health Ministries Department of SSD, International HSE Adviser for OSH.
“Human government is heaven-ordained…but if not in harmony with God, we should obey God rather than men.
We are to be responsible citizens… we are expected to be good and responsible citizens while waiting on His coming.”
- Brief Bio of Engr. Harthwell Cortejo Capistrano, RN, AREMT, CSO, TechIOSH
Born and raised in the province of Antique, he is a registered nurse (Philippines, Qatar and USA) and also a petroleum engineer. He is currently taking his Master’s Degree on Environmental Management at Palawan State University, and NVQ Level 5 Diploma on Occupational Safety and Health at the United Kingdom. He’s an accredited safety practitioner of the Department of Labor and Employment as well.
With other seven professional memberships and affiliations and 25 professional registrations and accreditations, he has been into Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) for the last 10 years, specializing occupational safety and health, emergency medical services and organizational start-ups.
He has worked in the emergency department, offshore emergency rescue and standby vessel, offshore production platform/rig, and in onshore oil and gas refinery, in Angola and Qatar.
He is a Technical Member of Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) in the United Kingdom, Associate Member of the World Safety Organization (WSO) – USA, Authorized Program Director, Certified Safety and Health Trainer, Certified Safety Officer, to name a few.
Currently, he is working as an Offshore Health and Safety Advisor, Maersk Oil Qatar Production Platform in the Al Shaheen Field. He the President and supporting a non-profit company, Global Ministries of Missionary Nurses Inc. which caters free healthcare services in rural and remote areas in the province of Palawan.
The modules he discussed are the following:
- Module 1: Introduction to HSE and Its Fundamentals
- Module 2: Hazard Identification and Control Measures
- Module 4: Conducting Effective Health Promotion and Stress Management
Whenever his company sends him for training and seminar-workshop, it costs around $2,000-$4,000 for Health, Safety and Environment acquisition. It is indeed essential to institutions and companies to have an efficient and effective HSE officer. To have attended this particular event is a wise investment at a very affordable fee. It is to ensure that
Delegates from different Adventist hospitals, universities and colleges, conferences, missions, churches, health and safety officers, safety officers, executives, educators, training officers, managers, HR officers, pastors, and other interested professionals from local government units attended and participated the first day of the seminar and workshop.