Move to educate teachers and students on safety in schools

  • Nation
  • Sunday, 13 Nov 2011

SENAI: The national agency on safety and health will launch a campaign to educate teachers and students on preventing accidents in schools.

National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) chairman Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye said school buildings with structural problems will become a safety hazard.

He added that the institute had started the Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) in School programme, which was a way to educate teachers, students and parents on steps to increase safety within schools.

Lee said NIOSH is carrying out its corporate social responsibility effort by reaching out to schools.

“However, this is being done on NIOSH's own initiative, and we need sponsorship from corporate organisations to reach more schools.

“Research and development on analysing the safety standards and implementing them at schools are expensive,” he said yesterday.

Lee said NIOSH did not have the details on safety-related incidents in schools.

“All of us have read of goalposts which fell on students and ceilings collapsing.

“These issues can be prevented if the problem is identified early.

“Through the OSH in School programme, we will be able to educate teachers, students and parents on what to look out for so that they can alert the authorities concerned if they spot a problem,” he added.

Lee also said it would also be good to provide an early education on occupational safety and health to students.

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