NIOSH offers safety and health officers certificate program for TVET students

KOTA KINABALU: The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is offering a program on Safety and Health Officers for Higher Education Institutions (SHO for IPT) starting this year.

NIOSH chairman Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye said the program is specifically offered to students pursuing Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) so that they could obtain a Certificate of Professional Competence while in IPT.

He said the 'SHO for IPT' program would be fully managed by NIOSH so as to minimise costs and ensure the quality of the training courses.

"NIOSH will also organise exam preparation workshops and four full examination papers for the program.

"This new initiative would increase the number of workers with skills in occupational safety and health (KKP)," he told the media after officiating World Day for Safety and Health at Work celebration at the state-level here today.

Lee said besides cost-saving, the program would also benefit the employers as they would have young employees with KKP knowledge and certificate.

He said the program was part of institute's efforts to empower future employees as well as to help the government to reduce workplace accidents.

"Any IPT interested in implementing this program may contact NIOSH for further information," he said.

Earlier in his speech, Lee also suggested that the Ministry of Education carries out a safety audit for aged school buildings of 15 to 20 years in rural areas, especially in Sabah and Sarawak.

He said implementing the security audit would enable the ministry to determine if the structure of the building, as well as the school premises, were still safe. — Bernama