New Straits Times, 29 January 2013
KOTA KINABALU: Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) certification has become the key determinant for the future of industries.
National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (Niosh) chairman Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye said yesterday since 2004, the institute had issued Occupational Safety and Health Management System (MS 1722 and OHSAS 18001) certificates to 22 companies nationwide.
This includes certifying two Sabah oil palm companies -- Lahad Datu Edible Oils Sdn Bhd and TSH Wilmar Sdn Bhd, Kunak -- since Niosh Certification Sdn Bhd (NCSB) was established nine years ago.
"With this certification, we help companies to create branding and it is one way to make sure that industries in Malaysia becomes competent and productive."
He was speaking at the Media Appreciation Lunch 2013 at Pan Pacific Sutera, yesterday. Present were NCSB general manager Shamsul Zahrin Zainudin and Sabah and Labuan Niosh manager Mohd Hussin Abd Salam.
Lee said Sabah was moving towards industrialisation and it was important to comply with the safety standards regulations.
"If a company is certified, customers will be satisfied and they are confident this is a company which complies with safety standards."
This year, Niosh will be organising the Third Borneo Conference and Exhibition on Occupational Safety and Health 2013 in June, here.
Themed "A Global Strategy: Optimising Productivity Through Accident Prevention", the conference would allow participants (employers and employees) to gain knowledge and share information.