BANGI: A special guide book on fire hazards and risks for all tahfiz and state-run religious schools will be introduced by end of this year.
The pilot project will be a joint effort between National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and Selangor Tahfiz Al-Quran Institutions Coalitions (Pinta Selangor).
NIOSH chairman Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye said the institute and Pinta Selangor have visited five tahfiz schools in Selangor; Darul Quran Kuala Kubu Baru, Maahad Tahfiz Ummul Sungai Buloh, Maahad Tahfiz Ummul Qura Sabak Bernam, Maahad Tahfiz Nurul Huda Shah Alam and Akademi Tahfiz Al-Falah Rawang to assess the situation.
"Before releasing the guidebook, NIOSH, Pinta Selangor, together with other agencies will conduct further studies and assessment on the religious schools' structures, its problems and risks faced.
"We should not think or identify tahfiz are just religious schools. It is also a workplace as there are teachers working there.
"That is why we must be aware that every school and workplace has its own dangers and risks.
"Therefore, tahfiz operators are responsible to ensure that their premises are safe for occupancy," he said after launching the Safety and Occupational Health (OSH) seminar for tahfiz schools at its headquarters today.
The one-day seminar, which is jointly organised with Pinta Selangor and Fire and Rescue Department, will provide input on safety awareness, concept of hazard identification, risk assessment and risk control (HIRARC).
Present at the seminar were Pinta Selangor chairman Mohd Dailami Che Age and 89 tahfiz schools representatives from Selangor.
NIBONG TEBAL: Institut Keselamatan dan Kesihatan Pekerjaan Negara (NIOSH) mengingatkan anggota agensi dan sukarelawan yang terbabit dalam usaha menyelamatkan mangsa banjir di Pulau Pinang mengutamakan keselamatan diri.
Pengerusinya, Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye, berkata pihaknya bimbang terhadap petugas berkorban demi membantu masyarakat yang berdepan dengan bencana alam.
Beliau berkata, semua agensi dan sukarelawan yang terbabit dalam misi menyelamat dinasihatkan menjaga keselamatan dan kesihatan sepanjang bertugas.
"Apatah lagi bimbang dengan penularan virus 'Leptospirosis' iaitu kencing tikus yang mudah berlaku terutamanya dalam keadaan air kotor.
"Kita mengambil pengajaran terhadap beberapa kes banjir besar yang berlaku sebelum ini, apabila petugas dan sukarelawan tidak mengutamakan keselamatan sewajarnya yang akhirnya meragut nyawa mereka.
"Oleh itu, kita berharap semua pihak yang membantu mangsa banjir di pusat pemindahan dan lokasi terjejas mengutamakan keselamatan sebelum menghulurkan pertolongan kepada orang lain," katanya.
Beliau berkata demikian ketika diminta mengulas keadaan banjir di Pulau Pinang selepas merasmikan Seminar Pengurusan Keselamatan dan Kesihatan Pekerjaan di Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan Cina (SJKC) Pai Teik, di sini, hari ini.
Seramai 278 guru membabitkan lebih 400 sekolah di seluruh Pulau Pinang mengikuti seminar itu yang bertujuan meningkatkan kesedaran terhadap budaya keselamatan dan kesihatan pekerjaan di sekolah masing-masing.
KUCHING: Industrial accidents can only be reduced and avoided if all quarters do away with the ‘hangat-hangat tahi ayam’ (not following through) attitude towards the importance of occupational safety and health (OSH).
National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health chairman Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye said such “unhealthy habit” must be changed to avoid recurrence of the same incident in the future.
“One thing that I am very unhappy about is this habit of 'hangat-hangat tahi ayam' attitude.
“Over the years, these three words “siasat” (investigate), “kaji” (analyse) and “lapor” (report) will surface whenever there is a catastrophe or accident.
“After a while, issues beleaguering this mishap will quiet down. The same three words will resurface when there is recurrence of a similar incident.
“In the end, lesson was never learned. We must get rid of this bad habit,” he said when delivering his keynote address during the Public Works Department (PWD) Second Safety Forum here today.
State PWD director Datuk Ir Zuraimi Sabki was also present.
The call for change, Lee said, not only meant for government agencies but also the private sectors and the people at large.
On a related matter, Lee said the increase in activities in the construction sector, which created higher risk over safety issues, was a call for action for developers to put in place hazard identification, risk assessment and risk control (HIRARC) principle in their operation.
“This will help workers and their supervisors to identify hazards and risks and find ways to avoid them,” he said.
He said the latest fatal incident at a construction site at Lengkok Lembah Permai, Tanjung Bungah, in George Town on Oct 21 was another example where safety was taken for granted and was the result of poor OSH practices at worksite.
“There are others who do not want to invest in safety and health at the workplace because of the cost factor. But when accidents occur leading to either injuries or fatalities, such tragedies bring pain and agony especially to the families of the victims,” he said.
Although the government authorities enact laws and enforce them, Lee said the responsibility for implementing a safety system at the construction site lied mainly with the main and sub-contractors.