|MBAM SUPPORTS THE APPOINTMENT OF SITE SAFETY SUPERVISORS FOR CONSTRUCTION SITES|
Master Builders Association Malaysia (MBAM) would like to express support for the announcement by Occupational Safety and Health Department Director-General Yang Berbahagia Datuk Johari Basri on the requirements of construction companies to appoint Site Safety and Health Supervisors (SSS) from 1st January 2012 onwards. MBAM has always been very proactive to promote the continuous structured education and training on effective safety and health management and implementation.
MBAM reckons that the construction industry can achieve higher safety standards and prevent accidents from happening if all parties have internalized a strong safety culture. One way to inculcate this attitude is through regular educational and promotional initiatives. In fact, during the MBAM Annual Safety and Health Conference 2011 on 21st June 2011 which was officiated by Minister of Human Resources, Malaysia Yang Berhormat Datuk Dr. S. Subramaniam,MBAM had launched its Site Safety and Health Supervisors (SSS) training course. With the blessing of Department of Occupational Safety & Health (DOSH), this industrial lead course was conceptualized to meet the high demand and serious shortage of SSS in the construction industry. MBAM is taking a pro-active step in helping the Government to overcome the issue of providing sufficient SSS and has started conducting a 10-days SSS training course. This is an industry driven programme tailored for the construction industry and is accredited by DOSH. MBAM is aware that construction will continue to play a vital role in the economic growth of the country, especially in the implementation of projects to be rolled out under the Tenth Malaysia Plan (10MP) and the Economic Transformation Programme (ETP). With the pressure of time constraint for numerous numbers of projects to be completed as well as future projects anticipated under the ETP, contractors must ensure that their responsibility and commitment to safety must not be compromised.
To date 28 candidates have taken the SSS course organized by MBAM and the Association has a combined capacity to train up to 500 SSS per annum. Another batch of 30 trainees is expected to start in early October 2011. With this effort, MBAM hopes that the number of incidents and accidents in the construction sites can be greatly reduced.
In conclusion, apart from the objective of continuously creating awareness among the employers and employees on the importance of safety and health, MBAM hopes the SSS course conducted will help point the way on how industry players can coordinate the implementation of the requirements by DOSH and help to set higher standards of safety and health in the construction industry.
KWAN FOH KWAI J.M.N.
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