Half marathon marks day for safety and health at work

  • Metro News
  • Tuesday, 07 May 2019

Lee with the participants of the International Occupational Safety Half Marathon (IOS Half Marathon) at the main campus of Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM), Shah Alam.

STRONG collaboration between the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (Niosh) and institutions of higher education can help promote and bring good occupational safety and health (OSH) practices to the people.

Niosh chairman Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye said the collaboration between the two parties would enable them to create awareness of the importance of OSH and make it a culture.

“It is in line with the theme of the World Day for Safety and Health at Work 2019 – A Safe and Healthy Future of Work – where we need to focus on improving safety and health for young workers,” Lee said at the International Occupational Safety (IOS) Half Marathon at the main campus of Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) Shah Alam last week.

The run was organised by UiTM’ Chemical Engineering Faculty in collaboration with Niosh.

Also present were UiTM deputy vice-chancellor (Development) Associate Prof Dr Mohd Fozi Ali, Chemical Engineering Faculty dean Prof Dr Norazah Abd Rahman and Niosh executive secretary Mej (Rtd) Hanif Maidin.

Lee said the International Labour Organisation (ILO) is also committed in ensuring a safe working environment for all employees by 2030 and to end all forms of child labour by 2025.

“According to ILO, some 541

million young workers aged between 15 and 24 years account for more than 15% of the world’s labour force and have up to 40% higher rate of non-fatal occupational injuries than adult workers,” he said.

Lee added that the IOS Half Marathon was held in conjunction with World Day for Safety and Health at Work. It is celebrated annually on April 28 worldwide since 2003.

“It was initially organised to commemorate the victims of occupational accidents or those who suffer from workplace illnesses.

“ILO later changed its aim, which is to promote the prevention of occupational accidents and diseases,” he said.

There were three categories for the IOS Half Marathon, namely 21km, 10km and 5km.

Participants would also earn five points under the Continuing Education Programme from the Department of Occupational Safety and Health.

Lee said IOS Half Marathon involved practitioners, workers, students and the public with the main aim of raising awareness of OSH and leading a healthy lifestyle.

“Today’s programme is also very significant as it shows the level of awareness among university students about the importance of occupational safey and health,” he said.

Sixteen international participants joined the run including those from Japan, China, Albania and France.

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