Minister of Development Dato Seri Setia Ir Awang Haji Suhaimi bin Haji Gafar launched the Public Works Department’s (JKR) Safety and Health Week 2021 (MKK2021) at the department’s Atria Simpur Hall yesterday.
MKK2021 was held in conjunction with the World Day for Safety and Health at Work that falls on April 28 annually.
It was the third time that JKR’s Finance and Administration Department organised the event, aimed at increasing awareness on health and safety in workplace, including construction sites, to reduce accidents.
Finance and Administration Department’s Acting Director Haji Amir Azman bin Pehin Orang Kaya Pekerma Setia Dato Paduka Haji Abdul Rahman said MKK2021, held from June 7-10 includes briefings and an exhibition as well as a blood donation drive on June 9 and a cleaning campaign on June 10.
He said eight lecturers have been invited to share information on health and safety and its management.
Haji Amir Azman said the key performance indicator (KPI) by the Health, Safety and Environment Division under the Department of Finance and Administration showed an increase of 53.5 per cent in follow-up audits conducted by JKR.
“The percentage of over 50 shows there is a lot of room for improvement. All stakeholders should strengthen supervision in construction sites,” said the acting director.
After the launch, the minister listened to a keynote address by the Ministry of Health’s Consultant and Head of Occupational Division Dr Alice Lai on Brunei’s response to COVID-19.
The minister then toured the exhibition, which is also open to the public.
Deputy Minister of Development Dato Seri Paduka Ar Awang Haji Marzuke bin Haji Mohsin, Legislative Council (LegCo) member Yang Berhormat FDr Ar Siti Rozaimeriyanty binti Dato Seri Laila Jasa binti Haji Abdul Rahman, Permanent Secretary (Planning, Land Use and Environment) at the Ministry of Development (MoD) Dr Nor Imtihan binti Haji Abdul Razak, Permanent Secretary (Infrastructures, Housing and Professional) at the MoD Ir Haji Amer Hishamuddin bin Pehin Orang Kaya Amar Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Haji Zakaria, Deputy Permanent Secretary (Corporate and Law) at the MoD Aidila binti Haji Mohamad Salleh, Deputy Permanent Secretary (Youth and Sports) at the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports Colonel (Rtd) Pengiran Haji Maiddin bin Pengiran Haji Said and JKR Acting Director General Ir Haji Md Salleh bin Haji Abdul Karim were also present.