On January 12, 2017, the Ministry of Labor issued Decree 052 of 2017, which amended Article 188.8.131.52.37 of Decree 1072 of 2015, regulatory of the Labor Sector, on the transition to the replacement of the Program of Occupational Health by the Safety and Health in the Workplace management System (SG-SST for its initials in Spanish). The Labor Risks Entities (ARL) and other main actors of the Labor Risks System have observed that the existing regulations and the uncertainty about certain obligations have generated that the obligated parties, have not implemented it to date and that there are deep flaws in the understanding of the new structure of management of labor risks in companies.
Starting from June 1, 2017, the execution of the SG-SST must be made, under the special directives of the National Government and its development by stages that will be implemented in a progressive, gradual and systematic manner: (i) Initial evaluation, (ii) Improvement plan according to the initial evaluation, iii) Execution of the SG-SST, (iv) Monitoring and improvement plan, (v) Inspection, supervision and control.
This extension takes place within the framework of the beginning of the issuance by the Ministry of Labor of the specific guidelines and rules of application of the SG-SST. On November 23rd, Resolution 4927 of 2016 defined the parameters and requirements for the mandatory virtual training of 50 hours in SG-SST, and certain lights were given regarding the training requirements for the responsible of the system, defining that in companies of less than 10 employees, in which certain conditions are fulfilled, the responsible will not be required to have a license in occupational health.