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Sunday, 14 October 2012 11:58

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Published in NIOSH In The News
Thursday, 04 October 2012 15:25

Nahas Pergi, Balik Kerja Meningkat

Berita Harian, 4 October 2012

Kuala Lumpur: Dua daripada tiga kematian berkaitan kerja yang berlaku setiap hari di negara ini adalah akibat kemalangan jalan raya, ketika pergi dan balik kerja.

Pengerusi Institut Keselamatan dan Kesihatan Pekerjaan Negara (NIOSH), Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye, berkata walaupun kemalangan industri berkurangan, jumlah kemalangan jalan raya ketika pergi dan balik kerja meningkat 40 peratus bagi tempoh enam tahun lalu.

Menurut statistik Pertubuhan Keselamatan Sosial (PERKESO), kadar kemalangan di tempat kerja menurun 37 peratus daripada 95,006 kes pada 2000 kepada 59,897 kes pada 2011 berikutan peningkatan kesedaran mengenai keselamatan dan kesihatan pekerjaan.

Peningkatan membimbangkan

Namun, Lam Thye bimbang dengan jumlah tinggi kemalangan maut di Malaysia membabitkan pekerja dalam perjalanan pergi dan balik kerja.

"6,000 kematian dicatatkan setiap tahun sejak beberapa tahun lalu dan ini diterjemahkan kepada 18 hingga 20 nyawa setiap hari," katanya.

Published in NIOSH In The News
Thursday, 04 October 2012 14:48

Insiden Pergi Balik Kerja Serius

Utusan Malaysia, 4 October 2012

KUALA LUMPUR 3 Okt. - Dua daripada tiga kematian berkaitan kerja yang berlaku setiap hari di Malaysia adalah akibat kemalangan jalan raya semasa dalam perjalanan pergi dan balik kerja dan ini menjadi kebimbangan utama keselamatan dan kesihatan pekerjaan, kata Pengerusi Institut Keselamatan dan Kesihatan Pekerjaan Negara (NIOSH), Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye.

Walaupun kemalangan industri telah berkurangan di Malaysia, jumlah kemalangan semasa dalam perjalanan pergi dan balik kerja meningkat hampir 40 peratus bagi tempoh enam tahun lepas kepada 24,809 kemalangan tahun lepas daripada 17,704 kemalangan pada 2006, katanya kepada Bernama hari ini.

Menurut statistik Pertubuhan Keselamatan Sosial (Perkeso), kadar keseluruhan kemalangan di tempat kerja telah menurun sebanyak 37 peratus daripada 95,006 kemalangan pada tahun 2000 kepada 59,897 kemalangan pada 2011 berikutan peningkatan kesedaran mengenai keselamatan dan kesihatan pekerjaan dan penguatkuasaan peraturan dan undang-undang sejak 10 tahun lepas.

Namun Lee berkata, beliau bimbang dengan jumlah tinggi kemalangan maut di Malaysia membabitkan pekerja dalam perjalanan pergi dan balik kerja kerana dunia pekerjaan telah berubah secara drastik berikutan globalisasi, perubahan demografik, penghijrahan dan perubahan struktur keluarga.

Terdapat lebih 6,000 kematian dicatatkan setiap tahun bagi tempoh beberapa tahun lepas dan ini diterjemahkan kepada kira-kira 18 hingga 20 orang terbunuh setiap hari. Penunggang dan pembonceng motosikal menyumbang kepada kira-kira 60 peratus kematian dan kebanyakan mereka masih muda dan sedang berada di kemuncak kehidupan mereka," tegasnya.

Lee berkata, impak daripada kemalangan semasa perjalanan pergi dan balik kerja adalah lebih besar daripada kemalangan industri kerana kemalangan semasa dalam perjalanan biasanya melibatkan pelbagai kecederaan yang jauh lebih trauma dan teruk berbanding kemalangan di tempat kerja.

Masalah berkaitan dengan peningkatan jumlah kemalangan dalam perjalanan pergi dan balik kerja selalunya disebabkan kurang kesedaran di kalangan pekerja bagi pemanduan dan penunggangan selamat semasa pergi dan balik kerja, kurang program latihan khusus untuk mencegah kemalangan semasa perjalanan pergi dan balik kerja dan kurang elemen keselamatan di jalan raya yang serupa dengan pengurusan keselamatan dan kesihatan pekerjaan di tempat kerja.

Lee berkata, walaupun banyak jabatan dan agensi kerajaan terlibat dalam program pencegahan kemalangan jalan raya, tidak ada pihak berkuasa tunggal untuk mewajibkan program pencegahan kemalangan semasa dalam perjalanan pergi dan balik kerja dan kerajaan perlu mengkaji perkara ini dengan serius.

Beliau berpendapat tindakan serius perlu diambil untuk membangunkan program yang menggalakkan perubahan sikap di kalangan pengguna jalan raya di Malaysia untuk mengatasi masalah memandu secara cuai dan kurang beretika.

Sehubungan itu, beliau berkata, sekolah-sekolah memandu perlu memasukkan perubahan sikap itu dalam sukatan pelajaran mereka manakala majikan perlu mempunyai tangggungjawab moral untuk mengambil pendekatan proaktif terhadap pengurusan risiko di jalan raya, yang akan meninggalkan kesan secara langsung ke atas kos mereka daripada segi pengurangan masa kerja staf, premium insurans lebih tinggi dan imej kurang baik.

Lee berkata, NIOSH juga sedang berusaha menambahbaik modul latihan bagi keselamatan penunggang motosikal dan kursus pemanduan berhemah di masa depan. - BERNAMA

Published in NIOSH In The News
Wednesday, 03 October 2012 12:11

Hanya Labur RM1

Harian Metro, 3 October 2012

KUALA LUMPUR: Semua majikan di negara ini perlu tahu bahawa setiap RM1 yang dibelanjakan untuk memberi pendedahan terhadap pencegahan kemalangan kepada seorang pekerja dapat memberi pulangan sebanyak RM1.90 kepada syarikat.

Menteri Sumber Manusia, Datuk Seri Dr S Subramaniam berkata, syarikat akan menanggung kerugian lebih besar dari segi kos untuk melahirkan sumber modal insan terlatih sekiranya pekerja mereka terbabit dalam nahas jalan raya berbanding hanya RM1 diperlukan untuk kempen pencegahan kemalangan.

Menurut beliau, perkara itu dibuktikan melalui kajian dilakukan Pertubuhan Keselamatan Sosial (Perkeso) dan dan Institut Keselamatan Antarabangsa.

"Oleh itu saya berharap majikan boleh ambil kira perkara ini dan jangan melihatnya sebagai jalan pintas (mudah) kerana jalan pintas akan memberi pulangan jangka masa singkat tetapi memberi masalah berterusan," katanya.

Beliau berkata demikian pada sidang media selepas merasmikan Seminar Pencegahan Kemalangan di Pusat Dagangan Dunia Putra (PWTC) di sini, semalam.

Hadir sama Pengerusi Lembaga Perkeso, Datuk Abu Huraira Abu Yazid, Ketua Pegawai Eksekutifnya, Datuk K Selvarajah, Pengerusi Jawatankuasa Pencegahan Bencana dan Pekerja Perkeso, Datuk Dr Vasan Sinnadurai, Pengarah Eksekutif Institut Keselamatan dan Kesihatan Pekerjaan Negara, Rosli Hussin dan Pengurus Besar Majlis Keselamatan Jalan Raya Jerman, Dr Christian Kellner.

Mengulas lanjut Subramaniam berkata, majikan di negara ini hari ini, bagaimanapun sudah menjalankan tanggungjawab dengan baik terhadap pekerjanya.

"Salah satu tandanya terdapat penurunan 37 peratus pada kes kemalangan di tempat kerja jika dibanding 10 tahun lalu walaupun jumlah pekerja dan majikan semakin meningkat.

"Pada tahun 2000, kes kemalangan industri sebanyak 95,006 tetapi berkurang 59,897 pada tahun lalu," katanya.

Tambah beliau bagaimanapun, peratusan kemalangan dalam perjalanan ke tempat kerja terus meningkat ke tahap yang membimbangkan.

"Daripada 59,897 kemalangan direkodkan tahun lalu, 41.4 peratus daripadanya kemalangan dalam perjalanan ke tempat kerja," katanya.

Published in NIOSH In The News
Sunday, 16 September 2012 09:32

Workplace Safety Conference In September

Publication: NST
Date of publication: May 16, 2012
Section heading: Main Section
Page number: 026

KUALA LUMPUR: In a bid to reduce industrial accidents and fatalities in the country, the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is organising a conference and exhibition on occupational safety and health.

NIOSH chairman Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye said creating a safe work environment required fundamental changes in the way work spaces were designed and personnel were deployed.

"These changes require leadership capable of transforming the beliefs and practices of those who create the risk and those who work with the risk," Lee said.

He said safety briefings were vital and should not only be a part of events that talk about safety.

"Such briefings must be given at all functions, be it a government or private sector.

"Even a wedding dinner should start with a safety briefing. What would be the reaction in case a fire breaks out in a hall filled with people?" he asked.

Lee said the thinking that "safety should be a priority" should be turned into "safety should be a way of life".

The conference will be held at the Sunway Pyramid Convention Centre in Petaling Jaya from Sept 2 to 4.

Published in NIOSH In The News
Tuesday, 04 September 2012 10:49

Action Will Be Taken Over Labuan Ship Deaths

New Straits Times, 4 September 2012

PETALING JAYA: Action will be taken against those responsible if negligence contributed to a shipping disaster in Labuan in July that resulted in five deaths, Human Resources Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam said yesterday.

"Once we know what happened, action will be taken," he said at the Conference for Occupational Safety and Health in a shopping mall here

The Department of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH) had attributed the explosion and fire on board a methanol tanker to lightning.

DOSH deputy director-general (operations) Mohtar Musri, who was at the conference, said during the unloading of methanol from MISC ship Bunga Alpina to the Petronas methanol terminal on July 26, it was raining and there was lightning.

"When there is loading and unloading, there is bound to be vapour from the chemicals, and the vapour was what was struck by lightning, causing the explosion. The earthing mechanism was also not working that day."

On another matter, Dr Subramaniam urged employers to invest in occupational safety and health, saying it was an essential investment that would help increase their productivity and profitability. Bernama

 

 

Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam and National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health chairman Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye launching the Conference for Occupational Safety and Health in Petaling Jaya yesterday.

 

 

Published in NIOSH In The News

Harian Metro, 4 September 2012;

KUALA LUMPUR: Mana-mana syarikat yang tidak mengamalkan aspek keselamatan dan kesihatan pekerjaan (OSH) dengan betul khususnya ketika berlaku bencana boleh diambil tindakan tegas, kata Menteri Sumber Manusia, Datuk Seri Dr S Subramaniam.

Mengambil contoh kejadian kapal tangki milik MISC Berhad, MV Bunga Alpinia yang terbakar dan meletup di Jeti Terminal Loji Petronas Metanol Labuan, Julai lalu hingga mengakibatkan lima terkorban, beliau berkata, insiden itu perlu diambil iktibar semua majikan secara serius.

Jelasnya, prosedur keselamatan seharusnya berada di tahap betul, malah apabila berlakunya situasi mendesak, ia perlu beroperasi dengan baik tanpa mengakibatkan musibah ke atas pekerja.

"Dalam kejadian kapal meletup itu kami dapati langkah keselamatan ketika terkena petir tidak berfungsi dengan baik. Kami akan siasat dengan menyeluruh, jika terdapat sebarang kesilapan tindakan boleh diambil.

"Tapi lebih utamanya, apa yang boleh kita belajar daripada kejadian ini ialah memastikan semua langkah keselamatan berada dalam keadaan baik dan berfungsi dengan elok terutama ketika bencana," katanya di sini, semalam.

Beliau terdahulu merasmikan Persidangan Keselamatan dan Kesihatan Pekerjaan (COSH) ke-15 di Pusat Konvensyen Sunway Pyramid, di sini, diadakan serentak dengan Persidangan Institut Kesihatan dan Keselamatan Pekerjaan Asian (AOSHRI) ke-4.

Seramai 1,300 peserta menghadiri persidangan itu yang turut membabitkan kontinjen daripada 14 negara.

Dalam pada itu, Subramaniam turut menggesa majikan supaya tidak lokek membuat pelaburan dalam bidang OSH berikutan percaya ia adalah usaha penting ke arah membantu meningkatkan produktiviti dan keuntungan syarikat.

"Apabila bercakap mengenai kesihatan, kita bukan hanya bercakap mengenai kesihatan fizikal, malah kesihatan mental serta emosi. Ia seharusnya menjadi pendekatan holistik kepada keselamatan dan kesihatan pekerjaan.

"Kerana itu tak rugi sekiranya majikan melabur dalam OSH untuk mempersiapkan pekerja mereka sekali gus produktiviti turut meningkat," katanya.

Beliau berkata, kerajaan memperuntukkan sebanyak RM200,000 kepada Institut Keselamatan dan Kesihatan Pekerjaan Negara (NIOSH) sebagai dana penyelidikan yang diberi kepada mana-mana pihak berhasrat menyelidik bidang OSH.

Katanya, dana itu yang diberi secara tahunan diharap dapat diteruskan di masa akan datang, sekali gus membantu penyelidik membangun data komprehensif berkaitan.

 

Published in NIOSH In The News
Wednesday, 29 August 2012 14:57

Lee - Safety And Health Of Workers Vital

New Sabah Times, 29th August, 2012

KUNDASANG: Although the country’s industrial accident rate has been halved in the past 10 years, there is still a need to build and foster an occupational safety and health (OSH) culture and strive towards an accident-free workplace environment.

Speaking at a press conference after the launching of an OSHseminar for the tourism industry in Sabah here yesterday, National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) chairman Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye said the latest statistics from the Ministry of Human Resources should that the industrial accident rate had fallen from 10.3 cases for every 1,000 workers in 2002 to 5.72 cases last year.

He said this reflected the commitment and joint efforts by the government, employers and employees to reduce workplace accidents.

“While we are pleased to note the success of the joint efforts by all parties concerned, the biggest challenge remains that we only should further reduce the accident rate but also to build and foster an OSH culture in Malaysia.

“For a start, we need to benchmark ourselves against the developed countries which only have 3-4 accidents per 1,000 workers,” he said.

The Occupational Safety and Health Master Plan 2010-2015, he stressed, must be given utmost attention by all parties concerned to achieve further reduction in the rate of industrial accidents.

Lee also said companies must not profit at the expense of safety because if accidents occurred, lives may be lost and productivity would be affected.

“AS such, OSH ownership in every organisation is of paramount importance,” he said, adding that the focal point of safety was the human being or the employee who needed protection.

An accident prevention coupled with an OSH management strategy should therefore be adopted by all companies.

And, to achieve the total promotion of safety and health at work and elsewhere, organisational measures for accident prevention, motivation and behavioural change must be adopted.

Lee added that it was the responsibility of management to ensure that safety became a culture at their organisation and not just a priority.

“There is an urgent need to translate OSH knowledge into behaviour and practical application. OSH sloganeering is not the answer. We must avoid a situation where behind all the OSHbanners and signages, the workplace hazards are not addressed and controlled,” he said.

In this time of global competition and sweeping change, it is not enough for companies to make safety a priority.

Priorities change but cultures stand the test of time and safety must be a culture and a core value at the workplace.

He said managing occupational safety and health towards business competitiveness was very important and that employers must see training as an investment and not an expense.

“Management or employers must recognise the OSH of employees as an integral part of business management.

“Concerns for the bottom line must be looked at with equal gravity with OSH issues at the workplace. After all they are both concerned with the viability of the business enterprise,” he said.

Lee also said employees were often regarded by management to be the most important asset of any organisation.

“Hence, it makes sense that this particular asset should be protected in terms of health and safety and nurtured to ensure that it continues to be productive,” he said.

Management, he said, must now take a hard look at their asset and actively show how much they valued their employees with a responsible OSH policy backed up by the necessary organisation and system to implement accident prevention programmes.

“Common sense tells us that “safety is good business”. If industries give priority to safety issues at the workplace it will certainly be beneficial to the business,” he said.

The seminar was opened by Kundasang Assemblyman Dr Joachim Gunsalam on behalf the Minister of Tourism, Culture and Environment Dsatuk Masidi Manjun.

Also present were NIOSH Sabah regional manager Mohd Hussin Salam, Tourism Ministry’s permanent secretary Datuk Michael Emban and Ranau assistant district officer Bernard Kimin.

Lee (2nd left), flanked by Hussin (left) Dr Joachim (3rd left), Michael and Bernard (right) at the press conference

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