Based on 150 inspections carried out by the Health, Safety and Environment Division of the Public Works Department at construction sites in 2020, it was found that there are still a number of companies or contractors that do not have competent people either officers or coordinators to manage the safety and health aspects in the workplace especially at construction sites. The Minister of Development also said that every employer must ensure that its employees receive the proper information and training to perform any work directed as stated or required under the Workplace Safety and Health Order 2009. Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Engineer Awang Haji Suhaimi bin Haji Gafar said the matter at the Launching Ceremony of the Public Works Department's Safety and Healthy Week 2021, MKK 2021. The event took place at the Public Works Department headquarters in Lapangan Terbang Lama, Berakas.
The Minister of Development urged all parties to always be responsible in health and safety management including workers and the public starting from the start of the project's implementation by providing a sufficient Health and Safety Plan specifically the adequate risk assessment provided for every activity implemented on every project. Yang Berhormat also advised the Public Works Department to organise a programme that provides appreciation towards contractors for their commitment in health, safety and environment management shown throughout the project. This aims to further increase the level of safety on construction sites as well as encourage contractors to practice workplace safety as a work culture to ensure the safety of workers on construction sites.
Doctor Alice Lai, Head of Occupational Health Division, Ministry of Health in her speech shared the government strategy in tackling the COVID-19 pandemic situaton.
An exhibition on safety and health in the workplace as well as at the construction site is also being held and open for the public for three days starting yesterday. Also present were Dato Seri Paduka Architect Awang Haji Marzuke bin Haji Mohsin, Deputy Minister of Development and Yang Berhormat Architect Dayang Siti Rozaimeriyanty binti Dato Seri Laila Jasa Awang Haji Abdul Rahman, Member of the Legislative Council.
Source: Radio Television Brunei