Archive for the ‘Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)’ Category

Boost automation for workplace safety compliance, says Lee

Wednesday, November 28th, 2018
National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (Niosh) chairman Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye says Niosh is ready to provide workers with exposure to the latest technology related to occupational safety and health.

PUTRAJAYA: Employers in all sectors should boost automation applications for safety compliance, including in the use of safety equipment in line with the fourth industrial revolution ( Industry 4.0).

National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (Niosh) chairman Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye said employers should invest in the latest facilities and equipment related to safety and health at the workplace.

“I hope employers will equip their workers with new technology and sophisticated equipment on top of a safe and healthy environment,” Lee said at the fifth Scientific Conference on Occupational Safety and Health (SciCOSH) 2018.

He adding that adopting the latest technology could boost their competitive edge.

He listed some of the technologies that could be applied, including personal protective equipment which had sensors or radio-frequency identification tags, which could collect data accurately and effectively.

He said Niosh was ready to provide exposure to workers regarding the latest technology related to occupational safety and health.

By Siti A’isyah Sukaimi.

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Accident-free workplace achievable – DOSH

Tuesday, November 27th, 2018
Johor DOSH director Dasuki Mohd Heak (two, left) said it was not impossible to achieve this, as previously shown by companies and developers. (NSTP/MOHD FAHMI MOHD YUSOF)

ISKANDAR PUTERI: Department of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH) today urged employers to be more proactive in implementing initiatives to achieve zero-accident rate at the workplace.

Johor DOSH director Dasuki Mohd Heak said it was not impossible to achieve this, as previously shown by companies and developers.

“Firstly, employers must have the will; if you (employers) wish to achieve (zero-accident record), you must be willing to do it wholeheartedly.

“Secondly, the companies must be willing to spend in order to ensure a safer working environment, and at the same time safeguard the welfare of their employees.

“Thirdly and most importantly, (there must be) excellent management because only the employers are capable of ensuring that a safe workplace could be achieved,” he said after launching Giant Leap Construction Sdn Bhd’s ‘Three million hours without Loss Time Injury (LTI)’ at Forest City’s Plot 4 construction site on Tuesday.

Dasuki said DOSH encouraged the involvement of employers, safety and health practitioners; as well as employees, in the Accident-free Workplace Week; and Employees’ Safety and Health Meeting to increase awareness on the importance of practising preventive measures.


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Address poor maintenance culture

Sunday, November 4th, 2018
The jetty at Pulau Anak Tikus, Langkawi, which collapsed on Oct 29. Twelve people were injured in the incident. FILE PIC

THOSE in the tourism industry should adopt and implement good occupational safety and health (OSH) management practices to help reduce the number of accidents and health problems in the sector.

The recent incident where 12 people were injured when part of a jetty on Pulau Anak Tikus, Langkawi, collapsed on Oct 29 again highlighted our poor maintenance and safety culture.

In the 1.50pm incident, a group of 40 tourists, including from Universiti Malaysia Kelantan, were walking on the jetty when it suddenly gave way. They had just arrived at Pulau Anak Tikus, a popular destination known as Fossil Island. The authorities responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of the said jetty must be held accountable for the incident. The incident is a wake-up call on the need to conduct maintenance checks on all tourism facilities and amenities on Langkawi

OSH for tourism industry must be practised for the safety of all. Jetties, especially wooden ones, must be frequently checked and safety audits done regularly. Such facilities are vulnerable to wear and tear due to frequent use, the weather and the corrosive sea water.

This latest incident clearly shows that safety and health procedures were overlooked. The relevant authorities were negligent. Safety audits were definitely not carried out, or this would not have happened. Both federal and state governments should direct all relevant authorities and agencies to undertake safety audits of all jetties and other facilities and address the poor maintenance culture to prevent a recurrence.

Funds should be allocated to repair and upgrade existing facilities for tourists, including jetties. Allocate more funds to the relevant government departments and agencies so that they are able to carry out the necessary maintenance checks

Over the years, the government has spent billions on the development of infrastructure and facilities for the country but what is regrettable is the lack of maintenance and commitment to safety. This has to be rectified and every effort must be made to inculcate the culture of maintenance and safety.

Poor maintenance and safety culture in Malaysia can lead to unnecessary accidents which are a reflection of the Malaysian malaise, clearly manifested in inferior quality work, poor execution, inept management, poor maintenance and lack of ethics and integrity.

Malaysia should no longer be known as “having first-world infrastructure but with third-world mentality”.


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DOSH to have eyes in the sky.

Friday, October 26th, 2018

GEORGE TOWN: Drones may be used to catch employers who flout laws that protect their employees’ safety and health.

The Department of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH) may soon have its “eyes in the sky” to check on large premises, especially construction sites, for signs of bosses not caring for their workers well enough.

Human Resources Minister M. Kulasegaran said despite a nationwide manpower of 1,600, he was surprised that DOSH did not have drones to monitor risky operations

“Drones will be among the things that we are going to ask for an allocation to buy.

He added that the ministry wanted to amend nine Acts, among them the Occupational, Safety And Health Act, to punish errant employers severely.

“The law will ensure that DOSH be given more power against owners, developers, designers and contractors. The present Act only covers the main contractor. We want more people to be held responsible when there are wrongdoings,” he added.

Foreign workers, he said, would also get a fair share of benefits through amendments to the Foreign Workmen Compensation Act.
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Lee: Make personal flotation devices available at drowning hotspots.

Monday, August 27th, 2018

PETALING JAYA: Local council authorities must make personal flotation devices (PFDs) available at high-risk drowning locations, said Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye.

“The government should also make it mandatory for local governments to place PDFs at high-risk locations for emergencies and also on recreational vessels,” said the National Water Activity Safety Council (WASC) member in a statement on Sunday (Aug 26).

Lee’s call comes after three students drowned while taking a dip at Pantai Teluk Kalong, Kijal in Kemaman on Thursday (Aug 23).

“It is rather unfortunate that drowning deaths still occur although the National Water Activity Safety Council has ordered the Fire and Rescue Department to be on standby mode at all the high-risk areas during the ongoing school holidays,” he said.

Besides the PDFs, he said that the local authorities should adopt uniform water safety signages developed by the International Organisation for Standardisation known as ISO 20712-1:2008.

“Warning signs should be installed at strategic places to remind the public on the danger of drowning in high-risk areas while damaged or vandalised signages should be replaced immediately,” he added.

He said the Housing and Local Government Ministry, via the Fire and Rescue Department of Malaysia (JBPM), has since identified 12 hotspot locations nationwide as high-risk areas for drowning incidents.

The locations in Selangor are Sungai SKC Kampung Timah, Sungai Tinggi, Sungai Gasi in Sungai Buloh, Sungai Chiling in Kuala Kubu Baru, Sungai Sendat waterfalls in Ulu Yam and the Semenyih Dam.

Other high-risk areas are Sungai Kampung Batu Payung in Tawau, Sabah; Sungai Kampung Sabak in Pengkalan Chepa, Muara Tok Bali in Pasir Puteh and Pantai Nipah in Bachok, Kelantan, Lata Berembun waterfalls in Raub, Pahang; Chamang waterfalls in Bentong, Pahang and Teluk Bahang in Batu Feringghi, Penang.

As a precautionary measure, Lee suggested that schools must create awareness on drowning by inviting representatives from WASC or relevant agencies to give a briefing on its danger before school holidays begin.

By Martin Carvalho
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Lam Thye: More needed to ensure safety at road works’ sites.

Sunday, July 22nd, 2018

PETALING JAYA: More efforts must be done to implement necessary safety measures at road works’ sites, said Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye.

The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) chairman said the latest tragic accident involving Balakong assemblyman Eddie Ng on Friday could have been avoided if the contractor involved with road works had taken all the necessary safety measures at their work sites.

“My condolences to Ng’s family.

“Following his death at km11.7 of Grand Saga Highway, Cheras, the highway authorities have put up warning signs on road works being carried out,” he said when contacted on Sunday.

“Why wait till a tragedy occur and then taking steps to rectify the situation.  This is unacceptable,” he said.

Selangor Traffic Investigation and Enforcement department chief Supt Azman Shariat had said previously that the risk of road accidents has increased due to the lackadaisical attitude of contractors and workers who have not fully complied with safety guidelines and procedures during road maintenance works.

“I have been raising this subject over the years due to poor safety management of work sites during road maintenance works.

“Whenever road works are being carried out, contractors and workers concerned do not give much thought for public convenience and safety,” Lee said.

Lee said inadequate or poor warning signs and lighting especially at night has made it very hazardous or risky for road accidents.

“As a road user I also want to express my disappointment and dissatisfaction over the manner in which most contractors carry out road digging works and leave the road badly resurfaced after completing their works,” he said.

During the rainy season these work sites pose a danger to the public and accidents have occurred because of the lack of safety measures to warn motorists of the work in progress, he added.

Lee called on the relevant ministry to conduct a thorough review of all safety measures in respect of road construction or maintenance works to prevent more losses of innocent lives on roads.

By Farik Zolkepli
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ISO45001 – world’s first international standard for management system

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2018

KOTA KINABALU: Companies have been advised to now go for ISO45001, which is the world’s first international standard for the management system when applying for the occupational health and safety management system (OHS MS) certification.

National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) chairman Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye said ISO45001 was the first OHS MScertificate issued by the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) on March 12, 2018. ISO45001 is expected to replace the widely-used British Standard for Occupational Health and Safety management (OHSAS18001).

“With this new international standard, OHSAS18001 will be obsolete. For OHSAS18001 certified companies, they are given a 3-year period before March 12, 2021 to migrate to ISO45001,” he said after attending NIOSH Sabah Regional Office Hari Raya Aidilfitri open house at a resort here yesterday.

Lee said NIOSH Certification Sdn Bhd, which is a subsidiary of NIOSH, also provided ISO45001 certification services and had organised seminars in Selangor, Johor and Sarawak.

A similar seminar will be held at Hotel Promenade Kota Kinabalu on July 5.

“NIOSH Certification is a certification body that has been accredited by the Department of Standards Malaysia.

“Among the services offered include OHSAS18001 and MS1722, ISO9001 Quality Management System, ISO14001 Environmental Management System, ISO22000 Food Safety Management System, and MS2530 Malaysian Sustainable Palm Oil (MSPO),” he said.

He said NIOSH Certification had also been approved by the Malaysian Palm Oil Certification Council as a training centre for MSPO Auditors in June 2018.

“NIOSH Certification is willing to provide services and collaborate with plantation and mill owners and associations in the palm oil sector to obtain MSPO certification by the end of 2019 as targeted by the government,” he said.

According to him, the certification awarded by NIOSH Certification meets international standard and it had already opened an office in Kota Kinabalu on August 1, 2016 led by manager Muhammad Fadhil Abu Bakar.

“The regional office is responsible for promoting and providing the best service for customers in Sabah and Sarawak,” he said.

Lee also announced that NIOSH would offer special incentives to institutions of higher learning and those who pursue the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) programme to get the safety and health officer (SHO) certificate from NIOSH.

He said NIOSH is also willing to form a strategic collaboration with any OSH association or organisation as its business partner to provide OSHtraining and consultancy services.


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We need to imbibe the maintenance culture

Sunday, July 1st, 2018
A poorly maintained eatery in Klang. Pix by Faiz Anuar

ONE of the many issues of public concern is how to develop a strong maintenance culture in Malaysia for safety and convenience.

Malaysia prides itself with having First World infrastructure, but not in terms of maintenance of the facilities.

Poor maintenance of public buildings and infrastructure can lead to accidents and injuries.

Public toilets that are not properly maintained can cause health problems.

Children’s playgrounds that are poorly maintained can result in accidents and injuries.

Roads and public drains that are not maintained can cause flash floods.

Potholes left unattended for weeks greatly inconvenience motorists.

Failure to prune tree branches and leaves that obstruct signs along highways and town roads inconvenience motorists and lead to road accidents.

The list goes on.

These unpleasant occurrences are a reflection of the Malaysian malaise clearly manifested in work of inferior quality, poor execution, inept management, poor maintenance and lack of ethics.

At stake is not only the question of ethics, but also the issue of safety and health at work.

The poor maintenance of buildings is an issue affecting health and safety at work.

The comment that Malaysia is a case of a country “having First World infrastructure but Third World mentality” is true when it comes to maintenance.

We are good at providing state-of-the-art buildings and equipment, but when it comes to maintaining and making them function properly, we have many shortcomings and weaknesses.

All authorities and every Malaysian must imbibe the culture of strong maintenance and make it a way of life.

The new administration must put an end to the poor and unsatisfactory maintenance of public amenities.

The time has come for the emergence of a new era that emphasises the development of a strong maintenance and safety culture.

Heads of department and agencies, as well as those from local authorities must go to the ground to make spot checks on the condition of buildings, roads and all other public amenities.

Improving a country’s image is not only the responsibility of the government, but also the duty of each citizen.

Despite Malaysia’s economic growth and progress, we have not succeeded in developing a civic-minded society. Indiscriminate littering is still common despite public campaigns.


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Safety for all

Wednesday, June 13th, 2018
Teachers and Saad (right) with the registration tag for the MOSH event.

Teachers and Saad (right) with the registration tag for the MOSH event.

THE Malaysian Society for Occupational Safety and Health (MOSH) celebrated an Occupational, Safety and Health event throughout Malaysia.

They organised the largest safety briefing toolbox talks.

The aim of this event was to advise the workers about safety precautions that need to be applied at every company such as factories, shops, schools, hospitals, clinics and many more.

About 52, 490 participants took part in 800 different locations around the country.

This is listed in the Malaysia Book of Records and each company which took part will be listed too in conjunction with Labour Day.

The event was held from 8am until 11am throughout the country. The command centre was at Universiti Teknologi Mara in Shah Alam.

SMK (P) Bukit Kuda Klang took the opportunity to take part. It was organised by the school’s Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) including its president Saad Ismail, committee member Dr Mimita Magendra and school principal Rubiah Hayat.

The teachers, clerks, laboratory assistants and guards also took part as they are the people most at risk of injury while in school. The students were not involved as they are well taken care off.

The World OSH Day celebration was initially celebrated in April 2003 for the first time by the International Labour Organisation.

Each participant was given a tagging number by MOSH. The number was to be held by them and a photo was required to be taken as a group.

The school would be listed in the Malaysia Book of Records and receive a certificate.

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Need to enhance safety & health at work sites

Tuesday, June 12th, 2018

KOTA KINABALU: A surprise inspection conducted by the Department of Safety and Health Sabah (DOSH) on a construction site at Inanam resulted in the contractor being cited for 14 violations.

The inspection was part of ‘Ops Cegah Jatuh’ which was held simultaneously nationwide.

DOSH Assistant Director, Mohd Khairof Bin Abd Raop, said the focus of the construction safety inspections was on high risk activities at construction sites such as lifting and working at heights, while ensuring employers’ commitment to workers’ safety and welfare.

“Safety is always first priority in construction sites; working at heights and lifting loads pose a lot of risks to workers, public safety and properties,” he told reporters yesterday.

He noted the number of workplace accidents involved 6,215 cases in 2017 which also included 187 fatalities. The ‘Ops Cegah Jatuh’ operation was spearheaded by JKKP Malaysia Director-General Omar Bin Mat Piah and carried out at 70 construction sites nationwide.

State DOSH Enforcement officers issued 12 warning notices and two notices for improvement during the operation at the construction site which saw various offences which includes exposed ledges, unsecured shafts in floors, unsafe work procedures and workers not wearing personal protection equipment such as goggles and helmets.

“Construction project contractors need to improve occupational safety for the health and safety of employees at the worksite, by making the necessary corrective measures to meet the safety standards set by the department,” said Mohd Khairof.

Furthermore, he noted the notices serve as a reminder and to educate employers on their responsibility in providing a safe workplace for workers.

“Risk control measures needs to be implemented in accordance to the law, proper industry practices and standards set by DOSH,” he said, highlighting officers can take action if measures are unsatisfactory which includes issuing stop work orders, fines and prosecution. Contractors who fail to adhere to improvement and warning notices issued by the department are liable for a maximum fine of RM50,000 under Section 49 of the Occupational Safety Act (1994)


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