Aim for zero accident in eco-tourism sector - Niosh

T. N. ALAGESH

JERANTUT: Eco-tourism industry players have been encouraged to implement the “Vision Zero” concept in a move to help reduce the number of accidents among its workers and tourists. National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (Niosh) Chairman Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye said “Vision Zero” focuses on finding solutions that can help prevent accidents and deaths from occurring at workplace. “Those involved in the eco-tourism sector are also exposed to various danger. Jobs such as boat operators, mountain and tour guides has its risks so we want them to always be on their toes and never take things for granted especially concerning safety. “Achieving zero accident is everyone’s dream but this vision is more focused on preventing accidents from occurring. We want to ensure everyone is aware on ways they could avoid a mishap from happening just like the saying “prevention is better than cure,” he said after opening a dialogue on Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) in the Tourism Sector at Mutiara Taman Negara Eco Park Resort here, today. The one-day programme, jointly organised by Niosh and Tourism Pahang, saw the participation of more than 60 representatives from various government agencies and tour operators in Kuala Tahan and Taman Negara. Also present were Tourism Pahang Senior Manager for Promotion Kamaruddin Ibrahim, Niosh Executive Secretary Mej (Rtd) Hanif Maidin and Niosh Business and Marketing Department Manager Mohd Husin Abd Salam. At the event, Lee also presented 100 life jackets from Tourism Pahang to tour and boat operators in Kuala Tahan and Taman Negara.


The one-day programme, jointly organised by Niosh and Tourism Pahang, saw the participation of more than 60 representatives from various government agencies and tour operators in Kuala Tahan and Taman Negara. (Photo courtesy of Niosh)

Lee said Niosh is now actively promoting Vision Zero for all sectors including tourism in line with the global initiative led by the International Social Security Association (ISSA). “If those involved in the tourism sector are willing to change for the better, I believe that the sector can be among the first to implement the Vision Zero initiative,” he said. He said incidents that resulted injuries or deaths in the tourism sector could tarnish the country’s image and affect those involved in the industry. “For example, incidents such as drowning in recreational areas, a mishap resulted by a capsized boat or tour bus plunging into a ravine will only create fear among tourists,” he said. He urged the relevant agencies to improve the law enforcement aspects to help safeguard the welfare of tourism workers and tourists. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd