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SERIOUS MATTER: NIOSH issues reminder to employers in construction, petrochemical industries

JOHOR BARU: THE National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has reminded employers, especially those in the construction and petrochemical industry, to provide quality equipment and comply with the occupational safety and health standards.

NIOSH president, Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye, said it was important to provide employees with quality equipment to prevent accidents in the workplace.

"Employers should be responsible in providing adequate equipment that are high in quality. This is in line with the Occupational Safety and Health Act 1994. Construction and petrochemical sectors are among those with high risk of work-place accidents, so it is important for quality equipment to be provided."

Lee made the statement at a press conference after launching the General Awareness Seminar Series with the theme, Emergency Response: Fire and Chemical Protection at the NIOSH Johor office, here, recently.

The seminar, attended by 200 participants, was organised by Niosh in collaboration with DuPont Malaysia, whose managing director Ong Ewe Hock also attended.

Lee said any employer or employee found to have not provided or used the necessary safety equipment could be charged.

"NIOSH takes this issue very seriously as it involves safety and health. Employers should be diligent in providing equipment. Employees should also make sure they use the facilities provided or face the consequences."

Lee also said that awareness among employers and employees regarding occupational safety and health has improved.

"However, a lot more still needs to be done to increase the occupational safety standards in the country, by always being vigilant about safety issues. Though we have laws, it will not do any good if employers and workers do not adhere to safety guidelines."

Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye trying on a protective suit at the seminar on emergency response held at the Niosh Johor office in Senai. Pic by Zulkarnain Ahmad Tajuddin

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