BINTULU: The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (Niosh) Sarawak will offer consultancy services to the relevant industries in the state starting next year.
Niosh chairman Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye said Niosh services primary roles would be to assist the relevant industries to fulfil their responsibilities as stipulated under Occupational Safety and Health Act (Osha)1994 as well as the Factories and Machinery Act 1967.
“Niosh Sarawak will also move to its new main office at the Advanced Technology College (Adtec) by March next year,” he said at Niosh Sarawak appreciation dinner here last night. Presently Niosh Sarawak office is operating at Parkcity Commerce Square here.
Lee said Niosh had also signed a memorandum of collaboration (MoC) with the United Kingdom-based Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (Iosh) at the 33rd Asia Pacific Occupational Safety and Health Organisation Annual Conference (Aposho 33) in Hong Kong recently.
Iosh is the chartered body for health and safety professionals with over 47,000 members in more than 130 countries, making it the world’s largest professional health and safety organisation.
“Under the MoC, both parties have agreed to advance high professional standards and share information and knowledge on principles, competence and best practices across a variety of key OSH areas and issues.
“We will also cooperate on mutually beneficial projects in relation to the further enhancement of members’ professionalism and competence, develop OSH training materials suitable for delivery across Malaysia and the region and explore the provision of consultancy services to Niosh,” he said.
Lee said the collaboration would also benefit Sarawak since Niosh will also invite Iosh experts to make presentations and participate in NIOSH Sarawak events such as seminars and conferences.
“The MoC is in line with Niosh’s commitment to promote a safer and healthier world of work in Malaysia, including in Sarawak,” he said. – Bernama