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Spotlight on safety in construction industry

The Institution of Surveyors, Engineers and Architects (PUJA) Academy Sdn Bhd in collaboration with Safety, Health and Environment National Authority (SHENA) and Manpower Planning and Employment Council (MPEC) Secretariat organised a webinar entitled ‘Safety and Health in Construction Industry’ recently.

The webinar featured two speakers from SHENA, Senior Inspector Hajah Bibi Kalthom binti Haji Mohamad and Inspector I Zaharuddin bin Haji Abdul Rahman, and a speaker from the MPEC Secretariat, Siti Nurbazilah binti Haji Mohd Noor.

Over 60 participants comprising PUJA members, the government sector and the public participated.

Hajah Bibi Kalthom discussed ‘Improving workplace safety and health at construction sites’ and stressed on the importance of knowledge and awareness as well as compliance with the Workplace Safety and Health Order 2009 and its regulations.

Zaharuddin focussed on ‘How to improve safety and health culture in construction industry?’ and revealed that accidents at workplace occured usually due to the lack of awareness and accountability of employer or occupier towards safety and the health of their employees.

Participants during the webinar. PHOTO: PUJA ACADEMY

Meanwhile, Siti Nurbazilah delivered a talk on Pilot HSE Competency Apprenticeship Programme, giving an insight to the newly developed Pilot HSE Competency Apprenticeship Programme and how private construction companies and the energy sector can benefit from the programme.

The programme is an initiative from the Joint Manpower Industry Steering Committee (MISC) HSE Taskforce under the MPEC to enable local employees and i-Ready Apprentices in the private construction and energy sector to acquire professional NEBOSH or IOSH certification and to provide structured workplace experience in HSE required to fulfill SHENA requirements for WSH Co-ordinator and WSH officer job positions.

Companies can apply for funding assistance through SkillsPlus for their eligible local employees or i-Ready apprentices to undergo NEBOSH IGC Occupational Health and Safety or IOSH Managing Safely training programme.

It is hoped that the Pilot Programme will increase the manpower supply pool of local WSH co-ordinators and WSH officers to meet the manpower demands in the construction and energy sectors, provide reskilling and upskilling opportunities in HSE to the local workforce and establish a safer workplace.

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