OHNAP and BOSH Seminars
OHNAP stands for Occupational Health Nurses Association of the Philippines, Inc., a non- profit organization of professional nurses working in occupational sectors other than a hospital or healthcare Institutions. Occupational nurses work in industrial factories, agricultural and commercial establishments, educational or academic institutions and other service oriented business establishments in private or public institutions. Since healthcare is a universal need regardless where one works, occupational nurses are needed. OHNAP was established originally as an Industrial Nursing Unit of the Philippine Nurses Association (PNA) on November of 1950 by Ms. Magdalena Valenzuela of the Department of Health. With the growing and diversified role of occupational nursing, it span off as a separate entity. OHNAP is proactively involved in the programs, agendas and platforms of all government agencies that relates to labor safety including the Bureau of Working Conditions (BWC), Occupational Safety & Health Center (OSHC), and the Department of Health (DOH).
One of the major functions of OHNAP is the provision of Basic Occupational Safety & Health (BOSH), a duly accredited course that occupational nurses and field professionals (i.e. Engineers) must undergo to learn safety procedures and standards set by the government in the operations of their companies. BOSH covers subjects such as safety movement, nature of safety work in industry, safety management, safety codes, standards & legislation set by government which companies must comply too, hazards analysis and safety inspections, equipment Integrity, electrical safety, fire protection and prevention, materials handling, use and storage, protective equipment, emergency & disaster preparedness and accident/Incident Investigation, among others. This course is designed not only for occupational nurses but for safety engineers, Plant supervisors and managers, building administrators, Security Officers, Engineering Contractors and industrial employees in general.
Aside from OHNAP, BOSH courses are regularly offered by the Occupational Safety and Health Center of the Department of Labor. It is also offered as a separate required seminar for graduating students in most nursing schools like UP Manila, UERM, UST, MCU, and others as well as Engineering schools like the MAPUA institute of technology. The BOSH seminar is also provided by other non governmental organization such as the Safety Organization of the Philippines (SOPI), which incidentally holds BOSH training regularly every month. The BOSH training often last for 5 days and costs between P10,000 to P13,000.