Niosh’s Kapit office starts operating

Datuk Wilson Ugak Kumbong

KUCHING: The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (Niosh) office in Kapit is now operational and open to the public, said its chairman Datuk Wilson Ugak Kumbong.

“Courses are currently ongoing. We hope that the office will be able to serve our customers in Kapit. They don’t have to travel to Bintulu and Miri anymore and can reduce the high transportation costs.

“Secondly, the office aims to improve good safety practices and reduce the number of accidents at the workplace,” he said during an interview with Abas Orang Kamek on Facebook on Tuesday.

The Hulu Rajang MP said he suggested the setting up of the Niosh office in Kapit when he called on Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Dr James Jemut Masing earlier this year.

“He (Masing) agreed that it would facilitate the training of local workers. We discussed the implementation of the proposal last June in Kuching and I also brought it to the attention of other Niosh board members. Thankfully, they agreed on it,” he said.

Ugak said besides promoting Niosh services to the public, the Kapit office would improve productivity in local development projects such as the Baleh dam, Bakun dam and the coal industry.

“It is the role of Niosh to help the industry promote good working practices in Safety and Health at the Workplace (KKP). We will provide training in KPP in Kapit and at other places,” he said.

Niosh office in Kapit is the fourth being set up in Sarawak besides the previous three offices in Kuching, Bintulu and Miri.