Workplace safety lessons for commercial laundry operators

The Safety, Health and Environment National Authority (SHENA) hosted its inaugural live virtual outreach programme to commercial laundry (self-service and manned laundry) operators on September 1.

The event provided a brief introduction to SHENA, its functions as well as an overview of the Workplace Safety and Health Order, 2009 and its regulations thereunder, which is the primary piece of Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) legislation in Brunei Darussalam.

Participants were advised on ways to effectively manage and control their potential HSE related hazards and risks throughout their commercial laundry operations.

General concerns and observations made by SHENA inspectors following multiple inspections to self-service laundry premises were also highlighted to the participants.

The focus on commercial laundry premises was triggered by a July 2017 incident, where a gas leak led to an explosion at the self-service laundry premise, seriously injuring three individuals, one who succumbed to his injuries.

The outreach programme is part of SHENA’s continuous initiative in engaging stakeholders in various industry sectors to raise awareness and improve HSE standards in Brunei Darussalam. Earlier events were held this year for construction companies and educational institutions.

In view of the COVID-19 situation in the country, the outreach programme was conducted as a live virtual event in line with the Ministry of Health’s directive of more stringent social distancing measures and to promote virtual events as part of the new norm and adaptation to the pandemic era.