UBD plans workplace health and safety programmes
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
UNIVERSITI Brunei Darussalam (UBD) is in talks with the Labour Department to introduce programmes that train employees on workplace health and safety.
Dr Nik Ani Afiqah Hj Mohamad Tuah, lecturer at UBD’s Pengiran Anak Puteri Rashidah Sa’adatul Bolkiah Institute of Health Sciences (IHS), said the Labour Department wants agencies and companies with more than 100 staff, and all health, safety and environment officers to be trained.
“Brunei is really new with work health programmes, but we will seriously look into it,” she said, adding that the institute is holding discussions with the Labour Department on occupational health and safety employee training.
“We are in dialogue, it is our role at (the institute) to provide training,” said the UBD lecturer, adding that their goal is to promote industrial hygiene and safety standards and ensure compliance with regulatory requirements.
“We have to meet the demands, the demands of Labour Department is training,” she added.
Speaking during a non-communicable diseases (NCDs) workshop recently, Dr Nik Ani Afiqah said workplace health and safety is not a practice that every employee is aware of as it requires skills and knowledge.
She said training is needed to help prevent work-related injuries, illnesses and fatalities in workplaces.
Training and workshops are essential to enable participants to discuss current and emerging workplace health and safety issues in Brunei, the lecturer continued.
Dr Nik said training is also in line with Brunei’s Workplace Safety and Health Order 2009 in ensuring all workplaces, including education institutions, are safe for its staff, students, visitors as well as contractors to work in.
In a recent report, Head of UBD‘s Safety, Health and Environment Office Hj Hazilan Hj Ramli said most work-related injuries, accidents or ill health are preventable but still regularly occur due to negligence of the employer or management in ensuring compliance with regulations.
He said accidents also happen frequently due to improper arrangement, implementation and monitoring of workplace health and safety policy.
According to the Ministry of Health (MoH) information booklet, noise-induced deafness remains the leading occupational disease in Brunei.
Statistics on MoH’s website showed that noise induced deafness was the only occupational and work related diseases being reported in 2014, with 36 cases.
The Brunei Times