DOLE exempts Unilever from labor inspection

DOLE
Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III has exempted a global manufacturing firm from the regular labor inspection after it secured a safety seal from the labor department on Tuesday.

Unilever Philippines, Inc. joined a host of other big companies to be exempt from labor inspection following compliance with strict health and safety protocols in their workplaces. Also given the same privilege were CDO Foodsphere Inc., United Laboratories, and eight firms under the San Miguel Corporation group.

Bello said the exemption is a result of Unilever obtaining their Safety Seal Certification for complying with the health protocols and safety standards implemented by the government.

Aside from that, he also explains the benefits of a safety seal to a company or an establishment.

“A safety seal gives you the permission to add 10% of customers in your restaurant, so if it was maximum of 30, you can make it up to 40 persons maximum,” Bello explained.

Moreover, the Labor chief congratulates Unilever for being more compliant not only in health protocols but also in labor standards.

Bello spearheaded the awarding of Safety Seal Certification to Unilever in a brief program held at the company’s Manila office in United Nations Avenue.

Unilever Philippines, Inc. is the Philippine subsidiary of British-Dutch multinational company, Unilever. It is a manufacturer of laundry detergents and soaps, shampoos and hair conditioners, toothpastes, deodorants, skin care products, household cleaners, and toilet soaps.

The Safety Seal Certification is a voluntary certification scheme that affirms that an establishment is compliant with the minimum public health standards set by the government and uses or integrates its contact tracing with StaySafe.ph.

The DOLE issues the Safety Seal for the manufacturing, construction sites, utilities (electric, water, gas, air conditioning supply, sewerage, waste management), information and communication companies (private publication, news, movie production, TV and radio companies), and warehouses which practice the health protocols implemented by the government. (DOLE)