PETALING JAYA: A new campus to train oil and gas industry personnel in occupational safety and health (OSH) will open in Kerteh, Terengganu, in June.
This is to cater to growing industry demand in the east coast. The two-storey facility will increase the capacity of the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (Niosh) to train 25,000 people, compared with 20,000 previously.
“It is crucial to have the new facility as the oil and gas industry is expected to improve next year,” said Niosh chairman Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye in a statement yesterday.
He said Niosh received high demand for OSH courses from Kerteh, Pengerang in Johor and Bintulu in Sarawak – high growth areas of the oil and gas sector.
“Well-trained workers will help ensure that their workplaces are safe, especially those in high-risk industries such as oil and gas,” he said.
Lam expects industry demand for OSH courses in the east coast to grow further as the Kerteh Integrated Petrochemical Complex, the Kerteh Biopolymer Park, the Gebeng Petrochemical Complex and the Kuantan Integrated Biopark in Pahang develop.
Currently, those from the east coast can only take Niosh courses at its Kemaman facility in Terengganu.
Lee said Niosh would also offer its services to utility companies such as Syarikat Air Terengganu, Perbadanan Air Pahang and Air Kelantan Sdn Bhd.
It will also cater for industries at Tok Bali Supply Base in Kelantan, Kemaman Supply Base, Kuantan Port, Malaysia-China Kuantan Industrial Park and the East Coast Rail Link project.