Lee: Embrace safety at workplace and schools

KUALA LUMPUR: Everyone must promote occupational safety and health at all places of work, schools and educational institutions, says the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health.

Niosh chairman Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye said this was all the more urgent in the wake of the fire at a religious school in Datuk Keramat in Kuala Lumpur that killed 21 children and two teachers on Sept 15.

He said Malaysians should also embrace the Vision Zero campaign, which emphasised that injuries and ill health at workplaces could be avoided if attention was given to good occupational safety and health practices.

“Vision Zero is not a new target, but a change in our mindset,” he said in a statement yesterday.

Lee said the pursuit of Vision Zero was to find solutions to help prevent injuries and ill health.

“Globally, there has been a growing interest in Vision Zero and we must also encourage our people to subscribe to the belief that zero harm is possible,” he said.

The International Social Security Association launched Vision Zero campaign at the 21st World Congress on Safety and Health at Work in Singapore early this month.

It was the first global campaign to improve safety, health and well-being at the workplace.

Lee said various fatal tragedies, including fires at tahfiz schools, could be prevented if a good OSH management system was in place at workplaces, and safety audits carried out.