KOTA KINABALU: The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has suggested to all those involved with the tourism and hospitality industry to embrace the safety culture.
Its chairman, Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye said the industry must implement the concept of Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) at work and also for the safety of the public.
He said implementing OSH for the hospitality industry involves the practice of HIRARC which is Hazard Identification, Risk Assessment and Risk Control.
“All places of work have hazards and risks which need to be addressed. It is incumbent upon those who are at the workplace to identify the hazards and risks. Take safety measures to address them so that it will not give rise to accidents or deaths.
“It is time for all those involved in the tourism and hospitality industry to take a serious view of the frequent occurrence of accidents and fatalities involving tourist as well as the public, in various parts of the country,” he said in the wake of the catamaran tragedy.
He said the tragedy should be a wake-up call to all those involved in the industry to take a very serious view of safety issues and take all necessary to prevent accident.
“Those involved in the hospitality industry such as tour and hotel operators, food and entertainment establishments have to take a serious view of the frequent occurrence of accidents and fatalities involving not only their employees but also the tourists and the public.
“This is the holiday period and many domestic and foreign visitors will flock to holiday resorts and spend time with family members and friends.
“It is essential for those involved in the hospitality industry to take all necessary measures to make the holiday outings accident-free,” Lee said in a statement, yesterday.
OSH plays an important part in the hospitality and tourism industry to prevent accidents and injuries and fatalities. If OSH is not practiced, it can lead to accidents resulting in injuries or even deaths, he pointed out.
“Commitment to health and safety makes good business sense for tour operators and those involved in the hospitality industry to prevent accidents involving their guests and employees.
“Although accidents can and do happen, there are various measures that we can adopt to limit their occurrence. Accidents can be reduced if we make prudent and cautious work practices part of our culture.
“Meticulousness about safety must be a core value for both employers and employees. Safety and health must be transformed into a culture and not be accepted as just a priority,” he said.
Many resorts, hotels and chalet are providing their guests with outdoor activities like mount climbing, hiking, scuba diving, snorkelling, water rafting, flying fox, wall climbing, bungee jumping and many more. These activities involve technical and high risks. The procedure and Emergency Response Team as well as First Aider are needed for any emergency.
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