Want to reduce workplace accident? Go the CSPS way, says Lee

Audrey Dermawan

BUKIT MERTAJAM: Private and government-linked companies have been urged to implement the Contractor Safety Passport System (CSPS) to ensure their contractors and employees have basic knowledge on Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) before entering the work premises.

National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) chairman Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye said the implementation of the CSPS programme could help companies and agencies reduce accidents at the workplace.

This is because contractors are required to send their employees to the OSH induction course at NIOSH.

He said CSPS would help ease the burden of companies and agencies as they no longer need to carry out OSH training programme for their contractors.

“To help improve the safety aspect at private and government-linked companies, NIOSH is willing to organise the CSPS training at their sites.

“Such a move will enable the companies that have adopted CSPS to compel their contractors to send their workers to join the training.

“They will have no excuse not to implement CSPS as NIOSH team is willing to hold the classes at their premises, including on weekends,” he said today.

According to Lee, the CSPS programme organised by NIOSH only takes four hours with a minimum payment of RM75 per employee. The cost is based on the level of risk that will be encountered.

“Evaluation will also be conducted to test the participants’ understanding before a card, also known as safety passport, will be issued to the participants who passed the examination,” he added.

In Penang, Lee said the safety induction course was introduced in 1998 for Intel contractors and it is still ongoing until today.

“Eventhough the CSPS programme received encouraging response in the northern region, especially in Penang, its response has been declining lately.

“Only a handful of companies in Penang are still compelling the CSPS course for their contractors, including Robert Bosch and Renesas,” he noted.

As of July this year, a total of 70 CSPS programmes have been implemented in the northern region involving 1,726 participants.

In 2017, a total of 117 programmes were implemented with 3,021 participants while in 2016, 126 programmes were implemented with 3,075 participants.

Lee said since the development in the northern region, especially in Penang, Perak and Kedah, are expected to increase further, more government agencies and private companies should compel the CSPS programme for their contractors.

He added that in addition to CSPS, the northern region's NIOSH had also implemented various training programmes, including the latest one - Safety and Health Officer (SHO) Certificate - which targeted students in public and private institutions of higher learning.

Known as SHO for Future Workers, it enables students to acquire a competence professional certificate while they are still studying at the institution of higher learning.

In addition, the Niosh Certification Sdn Bhd (NIOSH Certification), which is NIOSH’s subsidiary, also offers various certification prpgrammes, including Occupational Safety and Health Management System (OHSAS 18001 and MS 1722), ISO 9001 Quality Management System, ISO 14001 Environmental Management System, ISO 22000 Food Safety Management System, and Malaysian Sustainable Palm Oil (MSPO) MS2530.

The ISO 45001 is the first Occupational Health and Safety Management System (OHS MS) issued by the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) and companies that have obtained OHSAS 18001 are given three years period before March 12, 2021 to migrate to ISO 45001.

Lee said Niosh Certification was willing to serve and cooperate with plantations, factories and associations in the oil palm sector to achieve the MSPO certification by the end of 2019 as targeted by the government. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd