No excuse for not sending employees for safety training, says Niosh


Lee says employers need to send their workers for safety training. — filepic

JOHOR BARU: Employers should not give any excuse in not sending their workers for safety training provided by the National Institute of Safety and Health (Niosh).

Its chairman Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye said the body was looking seriously into the incident whereby two workers sustained injuries at Petronas Refinery and Petrochemical Integrated Development (Rapid) in Pengerang.

“We are taking this matter seriously and waiting for a full report from Johor Department of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH),” he said.

He urged all those involved in Rapid and other development projects in the state to use the services provided by Niosh to create awareness on safety and health.

“As the Rapid project is still under the construction phase, focus must be given to safety at the site before Niosh shifts its attention to Oil and Gas Safety Passport (OGSP),” he added.

Lee said this after officiating at the Safety and Health in Schools programme at Niosh southern region office in Taman Teknologi Johor here.

He pointed out that even though there were many other recognised training providers, industry players must make Niosh their preferred Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) partner that had a comprehensive list of training modules by experts in 15 branches and offices nationwide.

Lee stressed that as a training provider agency, which was recognised by the authorities, Niosh was willing to help developers and contractors involved in creating awareness on OSH at construction sites.

“This also includes training their employees in OSH field either at the southern region office or the newly opened Niosh satellite office in Pengerang,” he said.

He added that within the first seven months of this year, Niosh southern region had carried out 852 courses involving 16,653 individuals while its satellite office in Pengerang did 54 courses with 1,095 participants.

In the 3pm incident, a group of workers were in the midst of lifting a pipe to more than 3m above ground when a rope that tied the pipe suddenly snapped.

The pipe then crashed on to a platform, causing two workers who were standing there to fall due to the impact.

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