| James Kon |
STRESSING on the importance of Health, Safety, Security and Environment (HSSE) for students and educators as well as staff under the Ministry of Education (MoE) especially those who are undertaking field study trip, the ministry yesterday launched the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) guideline on field study trip for nationwide schools/colleges and higher learning institutions.
The SOP guideline was officially launched by the Permanent Secretary (Core Education) at the Ministry of Education, Dr Hj Junaidi bin Hj Abdul Rahman. He called on schools’ leaders, educators and staff of the ministry to understand and read the content of the guideline book and attend the risk assessment workshop to ensure that the head of the field trip programme will be committed to the implementation of the guideline.
Touching on the role of HSSE, he revealed that the HSSE Division of the Ministry of Education was newly established under the umbrella of Department of Administration and Services.
The publication of the SOP guideline is only a beginning and more publications related to HSSE will be released soon.
The permanent secretary said, “We hope that the HSSE Division will continue to propogate the importance of HSSE effectively and brings the anticipated change of mentality and attitude of the Ministry of Education but also transform the ministry into a community that is concerned about the aspects of HSSE in work culture and daily life.”
He added, “The whole community within the ministry should not only support HSSE but more importantly play a crucial role with the HSSE Division in raising awareness through the motto of ‘Safety is a Shared Responsibility’.”
Dr Haji Junaidi said, “We must change our mindset and mentality from a reactive nature to preventive so that we can create a healthy and safe working and learning environment for the whole Ministry of Education’s community.”
The SOP guideline can provide comprehensive information in confronting any possibilities of incidents through systematic management.
The Acting Director of Administration and Services at the Ministry of Education, Pengiran Haji Rosli bin Pengiran Haji Halus said following the launch of the guideline, the participants attended a risk assessment workshop for field trip to be exposed to a number of modules including identifying danger and preparation on emergency.
Following the launch, Justina Liew Vun Ching, the Acting Assistant Director of Public Works Department (Belait and Tutong) under the Public Works Department presented her keynote address on HSSE.