Niosh plans one-stop centre
Published on: Friday, September 07, 2018

Kota Kinabalu: The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (Niosh) will take a bigger step by establishing a one-stop centre to provide clients across the country the services demanded. Its Chairman Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye said the centre currently in progress will function as a link between the institute and its clients in receiving their demands based on the industries involved.

"This (centre) is important because we get to connect with our clients and hear the needs that are highlighted by them that are considered matters that they would want to fulfil in ensuring the safety and health at their workplace.

"So by establishing this one-stop centre, various demands can be received and we will get to process them," he told a press conference after officiating the Management System recognition certificates presentation to successful organisations, here, Thursday.

Also present were Niosh Director Nik Hasbi Fathi, Sabah Niosh Regional Manager Wan Sarman Sakan and Sabah Niosh Business Development Manager Muhammad Fadhil Abu Bakar, among others.

Since its establishment 25 years ago, Lee said Niosh has always provided services such as trainings, education, awareness along with consultancy service as well as research and development to cater for the demand in various industries.

He said these services have been provided based on the aspects that are related and this is the objective for the establishment of Niosh and among them is to help clients receive their Management System certification.

"With this centre, all the requests made by industries can be collected and we will be able to take the suitable action to fulfil their demands," he added.

Meanwhile, nine organisations of various industries received the certification, with six newly certified and three re-certified.

Among the newly certified were Kota Kinabalu Industrial Training Institute (ILPK), Kim Loong Sabah Mills Sdn Bhd, Desa Kim Loong Palm Oil Sdn Bhd, Hyatt Regency Kota Kinabalu, JB Prosthetic and Rehab Supply Sdn Bhd, and Borneo Gears Sdn Bhd.

The three re-certified were Sabah Gas Terminal, Universiti Malaysia Sabah and Lahad Datu Edible Oils Sdn Bhd.

Lee said the organisations have proven a high level of commitment in ensuring their management systems are well organised which show they efficient, transparent and have good governance.

He said the presentation of such certificate also showed that Niosh, not only in Sabah but throughout Malaysia, is equipped in becoming a certification body that has been accredited and approved by the Malaysian Standards Department.

"With this, Niosh certification today in on a platform where we are able to compete with other companies or agencies that have been given responsibility in certification," he said.

Although having achieved the current level, Lee said Niosh has been resilient in working to achieve higher despite the challenges faced which have brought them to a point where they are able to offer international level recognition along with other certificates that are demanded in today's industries.

"Niosh certification is also ready to provide service and cooperation with plantations, factories and associations involved in palm oil to achieve the Malaysian Sustainable Palm Oil (MSPO) certification by the end of 2019 which has been targeted by the Government.

"The certification has also been approved by the Malaysian Palm Oil Certification Council which makes Niosh a MSPO certification audit training centre in June, 2018."


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