M'sia needs more Safety & Health Officers: NIOSH

Seri Nor Nadiah Koris

BANGI: The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is calling on employers nationwide to groom more Safety and Health Officers (SHOs).

Its chairman, Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye, said that there is a shortage of SHOs due to an increase in workforce size and the proliferation of new development projects across the country.

"Our country needs at least 9,000 SHOs, but based on the Department of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH)’s records, only 5,984 registered SHOs received their licences last year," he said.

Lee said that it was reported there were more than 14 million workers in the country last year, and the figure is expected to rise.

"The number of workers is expected to increase significantly, with the progress of various mega projects, such as the Pengerang Integrated Petroleum Complex in Johor, the Pan Borneo Highway in Sarawak, the East Coast Rail Line and the Singapore-KL High Speed Rail.

"We must find ways to encourage employers to help groom SHOs, as they need to obtain their certificate from a certified training provider such as NIOSH, and accumulate at least three years of experience before they can apply for a licence from DOSH," he said after officiating the soft launch of the Conference and Exhibition on Occupational Safety and Health (COSH) at NIOSH’s headquarters in Bandar Baru Bangi here, this morning.

Among those present were NIOSH executive director, Zahrim Osman, and Executive Secretary, Ayop Salleh.