HSE module now mandatory for all IBTE courses

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THE Institute of Brunei Technical Education (IBTE) has made Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) a mandatory module for all courses outside the Energy Industry Competency Framework (EICF) this year, in a bid to boost the marketability of graduates and their awareness of workplace safety.

The HSE module, traditionally only a compulsory requirement for EICF courses, is now being taken across all qualifications offered by IBTE's seven campuses across the country, from Level 2 up to Level 5, corresponding to the courses of Industrial Skills Qualification and Diploma respectively.

“Introducing HSE modules across the board allows for graduates to understand safety culture before even being released to work in the industry; teaching them to be accountable for actions taken and to look after colleagues,” said HSE instructor at IBTE Jefri Bolkiah College of Engineering Pg Mohd Firdaus Pg Hj Ali yesterday.

IBTE students are now taking HSE in their first year as a core module for one semester, with four components universally taught, while other content is specific to each course offered.

Pg Mohd Firdaus explained that the specialised component for each HSE module is based on the needs of the relevant industry the course is aimed at.

“IBTE has consulted with the industries to come up and see what it is they want in graduates, and we have tailored the course so the graduates will be equipped with the relevant skills required,” said the instructor.

As an example, he pointed out that the HSE module for Business Studies incorporates elements of Corporate Social Responsibility, which is much less a focus in the same module for Building Construction.

The elements that are uniform across all HSE courses, defined as 'performance objectives' are; managing HSE in the workplace, understanding management of hazard and risk, legal duties and behavioural training.

Pg Mohd Firdaus said that these common objectives are primarily based off Brunei's Workplace and Safety Health Order 2009, supported by other content such as the Ministry of Development's HSE manual.

“The content common to all HSE modules will be legislation and manuals that have to be universally applied to all workplaces in Brunei,” he said.

Looking at the bigger picture, the instructor added that making the module compulsory for all IBTE students will help raise the profile of HSE in a global environment which is increasingly demanding safety in the workplace.

“Traditionally, HSE is seen by the public as something for the oil and gas industry. But that needs to change, and the course will show that safety is important - and that it exists in all industries,” he added.

The Brunei Times