National campaign to prevent occupational accidents launched


Mohammed Azman launching the national-level Ops Cegah at Menara Perkeso in Kuala Lumpur.

IN LINE with ongoing efforts to reduce workplace accidents, Social Security Organisation (Perkeso) has launched a campaign to encourage employers and employees to adopt a culture of preventing occupational accidents.

The national-level “Ops Cegah” was launched by Perkeso chief executive officer Datuk Seri Dr Mohammed Azman Aziz Mohammed at Menara Perkeso in Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur.

Themed “Kebersamaan Menangani Kemalangan Pekerja” (Addressing Workers’ Accidents Together), the programme runs until May 31 and involves all 54 Perkeso offices nationwide, including its headquarters.

Ops Cegah is intended to be an annual campaign with the implementation of activities to prevent occupational, industrial and commuting accidents.

The programme is also a channel for Perkeso to share information, guidance and opportunities with the top management of companies so they will adopt and implement practices which can help prevent occupational accidents among their staff.

Among the goals of Ops Cegah are:

• Provide awareness of occupational safety and health to management and employers for a safe workplace environment.

• Provide guidance to employers and employees on the best and most effective practices in addressing safety and health issues at the workplace, when travelling to the workplace and road-related activities.

• Promote education and awareness of safety and health while at work and on the road.

• Raise awareness on the importance of a prevention culture as a foundation for social protection for employers and employees.

• Reduce industrial and travelling accidents among employees.

Ops Cegah has received support and cooperation from strategic partners such as the Occupational Safety and Health Department, National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, the police, Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research and the Malaysian Employers Federation.

Ops Cegah involves joint activities by Perkeso with its strategic partners that will reach 1,060 company premises nationwide.

Meetings will be held with the top management of companies that recorded the highest number of occupational accidents in 2021, based on the local Perkeso offices’ lists of “Top 100” nationwide and “Top 20”.

According to Perkeso data, the manufacturing, services and agriculture sectors contributed to the highest rate of occupational accident cases, including mishaps while commuting to the workplace.

Through Ops Cegah, Perkeso hopes to further increase awareness among employers of occupational safety and health issues and encourage them to be more responsible by implementing accident-prevention measures for their employees.

Perkeso is confident that this initiative will develop a culture of prevention and reduce the rate of occupational accidents in the country.

For details, visit www.perkeso.gov.my, call 1-300-22-8000 or email perkeso@perkeso.gov.my

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