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12 ASIAN LEGAL BUSINESS – DECEMBER 2017 LEGALBUSINESSONLINE.COM BRIEFS HEALTH IS WEALTH REGIONAL UPDATE: PHILIPPINES The Philippine Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) recently issued guidelines to address safety and health issues faced by workers who, by the nature of their work, have to stand or sit for long periods. The DOLE noted that the wearing of high heeled shoes and/ or standing at work for long periods or even frequent walking lead to health issues such as strain on the lower limbs, aching muscles, hazardous pressure on the hip, knee and ankle joints and sore feet. sedentary work or sitting while working for long periods, on the other hand, bring about musculoskeletal disorders, high blood pressure, heart disease, anxiety, diabetes and obesity, among other health concerns. Employers are therefore required to institute appro- priate control measures to address the risks to the safety and health of workers. Employers whose workers spend their working time standing or frequently walking, should provide rest periods to cut the time spent standing or walking. Employers should also install appropriate flooring or mats, such as wood or rubber floorings, to mitigate the impact of frequent walking and to prevent fatigue. The DOLE likewise implemented a ban on high heels, directing employers to instead require the use of practical and comfortable footwear. The DOLE's guidelines require that the footwear should either be flat or with low heels (no higher than one inch) and wide- based or wedge type. sedentary workers, on the other hand, must be provided with regular five-minute breaks every two hours. Employers should also organize health promotion activities that will allow workers to do more physical activities after work, such as calisthenics, dance lessons and other similar activities. Medical surveillance should also be conducted, including raising awareness on health effects of prolonged sitting and sedentary work, especially among workers who are at risk because of their work lifestyle. Employers may also adopt other measures, in consultation with the workers, to address the occupational safety and health concerns of their workers. Covered employers or establishments are required to notify the DOLE of their adoption of the foregoing safety and health measures. The issuances demonstrate the DOLE's commitment to set and enforce mandatory occupational safety and health standards in all workplaces to reduce health risks and ensure safe and healthful working conditions for workers in all places of employment. Thus, businesses must not only focus on generating wealth but must also ensure that the workers who assist in, and contribute to, the generation of wealth will do so in a safe and healthy work environment. SyCipLaw Center 105 Paseo de Roxas, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines 1226 T: (632) 982 3500 / F: (632) 817 3896 Russel L. Rodriguez Partner Joanna Marie O. 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