EIDPMO looking to develop scaffolding safety practice code
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
THE Energy and Industry Department at the Prime Minister’s Office (EIDPMO) is looking to develop and formalise an approved code of practice for scaffolding safety, said a senior official at the department.
Captain Jamie Rebelo, senior inspector at the EIDPMO’s Health, Safety, Security and Environment (HSSE) Division, said one of the new things the department will be undertaking is looking at scaffolding safety practices.
“After our last forum, we were looking to develop and work with a group of representatives from the construction industry to create those practices. This is to ensure consistency on standards,” he told The Brunei Times on the sidelines of Thursday’s World Day for Safety and Health at Work 2016 event at Universiti Brunei Darussalam.
“In Brunei, you have training companies who provide scaffolding practices. You also have companies who ensure there are standards on this. However, when we had our forum with the industry in March, there was an open discussion on the construction regulations. At the end of the forum, companies were asked to comment and the general comments were that there are inconsistencies in Brunei with scaffolding practices and there are opportunities for improvement,” he said.
“We will be looking into the formalisation of scaffolding practices, which could be an approved code of practice. This means having standardised scaffolding practices across the industry,” he added.
The senior inspector said they are expecting to have a kick-off meeting soon, and once that transpires, it will be an opportunity for companies to provide information on what their practices are and work with the department to develop the standardised code of practice.
The Brunei Times