Kuantan, 27 August – Occupational Safety and Health Management Office (OSHMO) UMP organized ‘OSH in School’ Program in collaboration with Sekolah Menengah Sains Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah (SEMSAS) Kuantan in its effort to share knowledge with the community in order to inculcate awareness on occupational safety and health (OSH). In line with Universiti Malaysia Pahang (UMP) “Communitising Technology” slogan, the community service program was able to educate the young generation on aspects of safety within the school environment.

According to the Director of OSHMO UMP Mr Muhammad Hairynizam Muhd Taib, such a program was one of the initiatives by UMP through OSHMO to take on the responsibility of developing and enhancing awareness on OSH collaboratively with the school management of SEMSAS. “Such OSH program would enable the sharing of knowledge and technology applicable to the school in order to esnure a safe and healthy ensvironment at school,” he said. He also added that apart from students, teachers and members of staff at the school were also involved in helping the school to implement planning of OSH risk management in order to provide an accident-free environment for students, teachers and staff at the school.

Meanwhile, the head of the program Mr Ahmad Harris Abd Hamid said that ‘OSH in School’ program was able to cultivate the safety culture as outlined in the 2016-2020 Occupational Safety and Health Master Plan or Pelan Induk Keselamatan dan Kesihatan Pekerjaan Malaysia 2016-2020. Various exciting activities such as Hazard Hunt, Safety Games and fire prevention demonstration involving students were held.

One SEMSAS student Nurul Syafiqah Zulkifli, aged 13, remarked that the exposure during ‘OSH in School’ program was exciting and helped to aid the understanding of the safety measures that should be adopted. For another student, Syed Ahmad Nashril Izzat Syed Adnan, the presence of UMP significantly contributed to new knowledge and admitted that his friends felt enthusiastic with the creative and exciting games. This OSH program received cooperation from the faculties of Chemical and Natural Resources Engineering or Fakulti Kejuruteraan Kimia dan Sumber Asli (FKKSA) and Engineering Technology or Fakulti Teknologi Kejuruteraan (FTEK) including Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) Practitioners as well as UMP alumni members in promoting OSH programs to the community outside of UMP.

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