Industry players urged to focus on ways to prevent accidents

Lee speaking to participants of the dialogue after presenting them with life jackets.

JERANTUT: Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye has called on tourism industry players to implement the “Vision Zero” concept to help reduce the number of accidents among workers and tourists.

The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (Niosh) chairman said although achieving zero accident was everyone’s dream, Vision Zero was more focused on finding solutions that could help prevent accidents and deaths from occurring at the workplace.

Lee said Niosh was now actively promoting Vision Zero for all sectors including tourism, in line with the global initiative led by the International Social Security Association.

“If those involved in the tourism sector are willing to change for the better, I believe that the sector can be among the first to implement the Vision Zero initiative,” he said after opening a dialogue on occupational safety and health (OSH) in the tourism sector at Mutiara Taman Negara Eco Park Resort here.

Lee said incidents that caused injuries or deaths in the tourism sector could tarnish the country’s image as well as affect those involved in the industry.

“Incidents such as drowning in recreational area, capsized boat or tour bus plunging into a ravine for example, will create fear among tourists.

“What more if it involves foreign tourists because the news will be widespread and could reduce tourist arrivals,” he said.

Lee also urged the relevant agencies to improve the aspect of law enforcement to help safeguard the welfare of tourism workers and tourists.

The one-day programme was jointly organised by Niosh and Tourism Pahang and involved more than 60 representatives from various government agencies and tour operators in Kuala Tahan and Taman Negara.

Also present were Tourism Pahang senior manager for promotion Kamaruddin Ibrahim, Niosh executive secretary Mej (Rtd) Hanif Maidin and Niosh business and marketing department manager Mohd Husin Abd Salam.

Kamaruddin, who represented state Tourism, Environment, Plantation and Biotechnology Committee chairman Datuk Seri Mohd Sharkar Shamsudin, said safety issues were important since the state had many popular tourist destinations.

He urged those in the tourism industry to practise good OSH management since the workforce in the tourism sector was large while the number of tourists was expected to increase every year.

At the event, Lee also presented 100 life jackets from Tourism Pahang to tour and boat operators in Kuala Tahan and Taman Negara.

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