PETALING JAYA: National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (Niosh) chairman Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye was honoured for his 25 years of service towards championing occupational safety.
"I am deeply touched by this recognition by the Niosh board of directors and management.
"Occupational safety is a subject close to my heart and I hope I have assisted in spreading the awareness on the matter for the last 25 years," he said.
The award was presented to Lee by Human Resources Minister M. Kula Segaran in conjunction with the institute's silver jubilee celebration last Friday (Dec 7).
According to Lee, Niosh has four main objectives – as an institute on safety training, consultancy services, research and development and information dissemination.
"I believe awareness on importance of occupational safety and health (OSH) should start from young.
"The institute has managed to conduct various programmes and activities on occupation safety in schools as part of our corporate social responsibility initiatives," he said, adding that the programmes have been conducted in some 50 schools so far.
Lee said starting the awareness in schools is part of the institute's long-term goal to make OSH a culture.
"We have and are working with the Education Ministry in organising such awareness programmes.
"Schools are not only a place of educating and learning. It is also a work place," he said.
Lee also hoped to contribute further to the growth of Niosh.
"This award will spur me to do more to make OSH a culture," he added.