KOTA KINABALU: The Sabah National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (Niosh) has recorded an increase in the number of participants in courses related to Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) consultancy services during the first five months of this year, says Niosh chairman Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye.
He said 1,647 participants took part in OSH consultancy services in Sabah.
“Sandakan, Lahad Datu and Tawau districts have recorded the highest demand for OSH consultancy services in Sabah.
“We also have plans to upgrade the skill competency courses in the oil and gas industry,” he said during the Sabah and Labuan Niosh Hari Raya Aidilfitri open house yesterday.
The three courses identified for upgrading were Working Safely at Height, Safe Handling of Forklift Truck and High Pressure Water Jetting, he added.
Lee also said Niosh was ready to provide free advice on the training needed to encourage more organisations to implement a good OSH system.
“As an institute under the Ministry of Human Resources, Niosh is responsible for implementing OSH-related functions such as conducting training, consultancy, research and dissemination of information,” he said.
Lee added that earlier this year, Sabah Niosh had introduced the consultancy service, which was previously offered only in the peninsula.
“Among the services that are in high demand in Sabah include consultation on the use of chemicals, industrial hygiene and ergonomics,” he said.
Also present at the open house was Sabah and Labuan Niosh regional manager Wan Sarman Sakan.
During the event, some 20 children from the As-Sakinah orphanage in Kinarut, who were invited to join the festivities, were given Hari Raya goodie bags.