Niosh calls for safety audits on schools over 20 years
Published on: Tuesday, February 28, 2017
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Tawau: The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Hazard (Niosh) has urged the Government to undertake safety audits on schools over 20 years old every two years. Its Chairman Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye said these would allow repair work to be done periodically on schools facing problems such as wiring and wall defects after a period of time.

He said it should be the Government's priority as there are five million students and 421,828 educators in 7,772 primary schools and 2,408 secondary schools nationwide.

"Schools should be looked at as a workplace, not just a place to learn…thus, the aspect of security and safety must be taken seriously and without compromise," he said.

Lee said this to reporters after launching the Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) at SM St Patrick, here, Monday.

The programme is in collaboration with the Education Ministry, District Education Office and sponsored by Hap Seng Consolidated Bhd.

Towards this end, Lee urged schools to implement OSH at schools to raise the awareness of students on the safety aspects of their surroundings.

To date, there are only 15 schools undertaking the OSH in School initiative and Lee said Niosh and the Education Ministry have formed a committee in expanding the OSH In School programme.

"The programme is not compulsory in schools yet, the implementation for now is voluntary and based on their own initiative," he said. - Lagatah Toyos


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