THE National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is offering help to the Education Ministry to create awareness on occupational safety and health (OSH) in schools through its school programme.
Its chairman, Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye said the subject (OSH) should be introduced in schools beacause of accidents involving teachers, students and staff arising from the collapse of roofs, building structures, ceiling fans, goal posts, toilets and even chemical explosions.
“Safety and health are of paramount importance in schools. Such accidents are unacceptable, more so in schools where parents can trust their children to be safe,” he said in a statement recently.
Lee said the application of the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) to schools, which in effect are places of work, aims to make it safe for teachers, students and visitors.
It is aimed at ensuring the safety, health and welfare for those at work as well as protecting the students against such risks when they deal with others at the work place.
He said very little is known about “The OSH in school programme” which covers another dimension and views the school as a workplace, in accordance with OSHA 1994.
Through the programme, Lee said the institute hoped to recommend good OSH practices through education, training and exhibitions in ensuring that employees know the risks they are facing at work.
They should also know how to work safely in order to deal with such risks.
“Apart from that, instilling awareness at an early stage is of utmost importance to creating a safe and healthy workplace. It is hoped that the programme will benefit the students,” he added.
The institute had successfully introduced the programme as its corporate social responsibility project to more than a dozen schools with sponsorship from corporate organisations. — Bernama
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