Enhancing Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) in New Digital Era, Nov 9, 2018

10 Ong Ewe Hock - Director

BEIM Deputy Chairman, Ong Ewe Hock presented at this conference at Swiss Garden Residence, KL on November 9, 2018, organised by National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).

mr Ong at Niosh

 

The Framework of BEIM Presentation

At BEIM, we believed that safety compliance, behaviour and the willingness to advocate the values of safety are output resulting from a concerted effort of input in

  1. Building the right habits, supported by high ethical standards
  2. Making the right investment of systems, processes, control to influence the right behaviour /habits to sustain positive safety and business results, and
  3. Building integrity, pride and respect for fellow human being.

The elements of integrity, governance process and ethical behaviours can be integrated into existing safety syllabus of NIOSH. BEIM believed that FRAUD elimination is an important aspect of sustainable safety management, especially in managing near missed opportunities, and in enhancing the positive rationalization power of employees.

The following are some examples of fraudulent practices which could impact safety outcomes in one way or another:

  1. Purchased of below par PPE or tools/equipment, increasing the risk of first responders
  2. Misstatement of records, resulting in wrong assessment of a hazardous situation or characteristics of a product or wrong appropriation of much needed support to fix an at risk environment.
  3. Taking short cuts, circumventing SOPs, resulting in unsafe practices
  4. Abusing of power, resulting in the exploitation of the weaker beings to work in dangerous, dirty and demanding work environment, to achieve personal goals.
  5. Conflict of interest, rewarding contracts to less competent vendors, creating safety hazards and exposing less capable persons to handle a hazardous environment without adequate protections.

As a next step, BEIM proposed that a joint team comprising resources from NIOSH and BEIM be established to deliberate further on the scope and to co-develop the syllabus under an agreement that would protect the intellectual properties of both parties.