Govt committed to enhancing workplace safety nationwide

|    Hakim Hayat    |

THE government is committed to boosting and strengthening workplace safety and health at all workplaces nationwide, and the establishment of the Safety, Health and Environment National Authority (SHENA) further demonstrates this drive, said Permanent Secretary (Energy) at the Ministry of Energy, Manpower and Industry (MEMI) Haji Azhar bin Haji Yahya yesterday.

The permanent secretary highlighted this in his opening speech during the SHENA Brunei Industry Group (BIG) Forum held at the Prime Minister’s Office building on Jalan Perdana Menteri yesterday, part of the Authority’s ongoing engagement initiatives with stakeholders carried out in fulfilment of its mission to make Brunei a safe place to work and live.

The BIG Forum was organised to serve as an interactive platform for SHENA to interface on workplace safety matters with stakeholders including government representatives, members of statutory bodies, educational institutions, industry players and other interested parties.

“Brunei now has a robust regulatory body in the form of SHENA which is mandated under the SHENA Order, 2018 to execute the laws and regulations related to safety, health, environment and radiation in all sectors of industry and non-industry, including educational institutions, government and commercial premises,” added Haji Azhar, who was speaking at the half-day forum in his capacity as the authority for SHENA matters.

SHENA endeavours to remain aligned with the nation’s Vision 2035 aspirations, a vision highlighted further during the forum with its four themes: Asset integrity, Work at Height Activities, Lifting Operations, and Schools and Buildings.

Permanent Secretary (Energy) at the Ministry of Energy, Manpower and Industry (MEMI) Haji Azhar bin Haji Yahya during the event. – PHOTOS: HAKIM HAYAT
Panellists at the event

During the forum, the Authority shared information on best practices and legislative changes, also highlighting areas of concern from recent incidents that have impacted the industry.

Among the topics covered included information on SHENA as an organisation; an introduction to ‘The Guidelines for Safe Use of Scaffolding’; crane operations; workplace safety and health; legal positions and training; as well as legislative updates.

The Authority also touched on the Radiation Protection Order, 2018 (RPO) and the need for activity owners to comply with its legislative requirements.

Stakeholders at the event had the opportunity to gain clarification on the discussion topics and identify specific alignments for forthcoming initiatives.

Details of the forum and presentations are accessible at the SHENA website at