Thursday, 25 April 2019, Kuching: After a half-day session of sharing ideas and opinions, the Health, Safety, Environment and Traffic (HSET) Dialogue Session which involved various government agencies and stakeholders have come up with 10 proposed resolutions for a higher benchmark in the HSET best practices.
Prior to coming up with the resolutions, panellists from various relevant government agencies like Sarawak Rural Water Supply Department (JBALB), Road Safety Department (JKJR), Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM), Sarawak Energy and Natural Resources and Environmental Board (NREB) as well as LBU being the Project Delivery Partner for Pan Borneo Highway Sarawak took on stage to deliberate on the best ways to enhance HSET practices.
The 10 proposed resolutions in summary are as follow: -
- Top management of contractors involved in the Pan Borneo Highway Sarawak project to display more in-depth commitment to HSET best practices by having more walkabouts, providing safe and healthy work place, providing continuous training and awareness to workers and public;
- Every stakeholder to collaborate with each other to enhance competency on workers’ HSET knowledge through trainings provided by CIDB and other agencies;
- Contractors are encouraged to pursue for ISO45001 Occupational Safety and Health Management System and ISO 14001 Environmental Management System;
- Contractors to work closely with utilities agencies on their detailed work planning prior to undertaking any works.
- These utilities agencies to participate in HSET committee meeting at site level;
- To enhance awareness among subcontractors and service providers on environmental regulatory requirements.
- Abandonment Plan for any activities at site as stated in Conditions of Approval to be complied by WPCs and PDP;
- Implementation of environmental essentials for sitting industries in Malaysia (EESIM). Further detail is needed on the process flow for the submission and approval based on EESIM.
- Enforcement and awareness on safe driving. Public awareness on safe driving and enforcement to be intensified in collaboration with enforcement agencies, and
- Enforcement agencies and community leaders to be engaged to stop vandalism on traffic signages.
Earlier, LBU chief executive officer Ir. Safuani Abdul Hamid in his speech said this year had been set as the Year of High Performance where it is confident of completing the first carriageway by the end of the year before moving on to upgrade the second carriageway until 2021.
“Despite the excitement on the construction progress, we are not resting on our laurels as far as HSET is concerned. We want to make sure that nothing is compromised as far as safety is concerned.
“While it is challenging and demands great commitment from everyone, clear line of communication and relentless, persistent and concerted efforts from all parties, I always hold the belief that if we are resolute in getting things done, we can do it!
“HSET initiatives do not happen by chance. It happens by design. We have to make the best practices in HSET as our culture. We want to set a benchmark through this project of ours where we are acknowledged as the best HSET practitioner in the construction industry in Sarawak,” Safuani said.
The dialogue session with the theme “Building a Higher HSET Benchmark for Pan Borneo Highway Sarawak and the Construction Industry in Sarawak” was organised among others to share and listen to stakeholders’ challenges and issues,