Inculcate safety culture in the workplace — Lee

MIRI: It is important for individuals and organisations to inculcate safety culture in the workplace as accidents can happen anywhere and at any time, says Assistant Minister for Land and Air Transportation and Safety Datuk Lee Kim Shin.

Lee who is also Assistant Minister for Tourism and Senadin assemblyman gave the reminder at the launch of Petronas Carigali Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) Day activity with the local community here yesterday.

Organised by Petronas Carigali Sdn Bhd (PCSB) at Miri Crude Oil Terminal (MCOT) here, the activity saw the participation of various government bodies and agencies including private sector and local community from Kampung Senadin Jaya and nearby villages.

Among the participating agencies were National Anti-Drug Agency, Malaysia Maritime Enforcement Agency, Columbia Asia Medical Centre, Environment Department, Fire and Rescue Department, Department of Work Safety and Health, Sarawak Marine Department, Ministry of Health, Miri Local Agenda 21 and the police.

“It is important to make safety as part of our daily life. We don’t need to be told or reminded to fasten safety belt and not talking over the phone when driving.

It is common for drivers to fasten their seat belt or put down the phone when they notice the presence of the police and Road Transport Department,” said Lee.

“We must inculcate safety culture at home, workplace and public places. Apart from that we must include and incorporate safety features in the design of public facilities and buildings,” he added.

He commended Petronas for sharing and creating awareness on HSE not only among staff but also among local communities living near the terminal.

“Accident can happen any time and place. According to survey, around 80 per cent of accidents are due to human factor…negligence. In the oil and gas industry we must also pay very serious attention on health, safety and environment because the working environment is considered as

very high risk. Therefore they must practise safety culture although many know about safety rules and regulations,” Lee reminded.

Lee urged other multi-national and giant companies to emulate Petronas in organising such activity and corporate social responsibility (CSR) programmes with the participation not only of their own staff but also the local community.

Meanwhile, PCSB senior managing director Mohd Nazori Janor disclosed that the programme was to foster better relationship and understanding between the company and the public apart from creating awareness on the importance of health, safety and environment including the impact on daily life and productivity.

Among the activities were talks on ‘Control of Industrial Major Accidents Hazards’ and ‘International Shipping and Port Facility Security’, basic first aid and fire prevention demonstrations and exhibition by participating agencies.