Safety at the Workplace: a reminder to Stakeholders to be socially responsibility?
The news and reports with horrifying pictures of accidents in the country is truly sad. Truly sad that these disasters have cost lives of innocent victims! The recent spate of industrial accidents, with tragic episodes reflected the pathetic attitude of Employers and Employees when it comes to Safety. The two recent incidents below shocked the nation but do we learn from this?
As a friendly reminder, ISO 26000 expressly prescribed the responsibility on “Health & Safety at Work”. Clause 220.127.116.11 reads “Health and safety at work concerns the promotion and maintenance of the highest degree of physical, mental and social well-being of workers and prevention of harm to health caused by working conditions. It also relates to the protection of workers from risks to health and the adaptation of the occupational environment to the physiological and psychological needs of workers.” Of course, this would also apply to the public at large.
Both Malaysian Employers and Employees should be familiar with the legislations that cover health and safety. The “Occupational Safety and Health Act 1994 specifies under Part IV (15): “General Duties of Employers and Self Employed Persons” and Part VI (24): “General Duties of Employees at Work with (1) (a) “to take reasonable care for the safety and health of himself and of other persons who may be affected by his acts or omissions at work;”
Of course, the tragic news triggered the Department of Occupational Safety and Health to act. There will be the usual stop work order for investigation, fines, penalties and this time, “jail” for those found guilty of wrong doing. It may be a good deterrent but is there a deficit in accident prevention practices? We can only hope the above incidents will be the last.
SR Monitor, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
14 November 2016
Polystyrene is Recyclable and Safe
Polystyrene (PS) ‘ta pau’ boxes look perfectly harmless, but it elicits a myriad set of views from useful to environmental enemy No.1. The latter’s views have resulted in several municipalities and state governments taking action against ‘ta pau’ boxes. However, the adverse views on ‘ta pau’ boxes are largely based on the following misplaced perceptions which MPMA would like to clarify based on scientific facts:
Posted November 7, 2016 5:22pm
Car Air Bags - the saga continues
The Federation of Consumers Association came out strongly on the lackadaisical approach by Honda Malaysia on the hazards of the car air bags.
Posted July 5, 2016 1:54pm
Volkswagen struggles with the cost of car recall
Cars recall is not exactly a trendy practice although in the last couple of years, news and exposures on "Recalls" made the headlines. Undoubtedly an expensive exercise with huge impact on corporate image and causing concerns on Consumers.
An Automotive Industry Observer drew the attention of SR Monitor on the Volkswagen debacle which was far from being resolved and the latest report appeared in the "Economist" in its 13th February 2016 issue: "Volkswagen delayed the publication of its annual report. It is struggling to determine the full cost of last year's emissions scandal, when it admitted to cheating in tests of nitrogen-oxide levels emitted by its diesel cars. The German carmaker has yet to satisfy regulators in America that it has a viable plan for fixing the 600,000 diesel vehicles that have been recalled.
Posted March 30, 2016 4:20pm
Proton to recall 95,000 cars
It’s certainly a whiff of fresh air! The Star headlined and reported yesterday that the largest Malaysian Car Manufacturer in Malaysia, Proton Holdings Bhd “will be recalling some 95,000 of its vehicles to replace faculty CFE oil cooler hoses, a problem that could potentially cause the engine to overheat. Under the headline “A hose of problems”, the CEO said “the initiative was part of Proton’s move to revive the brand which has seen dwindling sales figures in recent years.”
To the Malaysian Consumers, this was indeed good news and Proton have come of age and join the ranks of International Companies that have recalled thousands of cars worldwide. Some of these were famous Japanese and German brands. This is seen as taking a positive and responsible attitude in response to the Consumerism pillars in Social Responsibility.
Posted March 11, 2016 9:23pm
Heritage lovers cry foul
In the chapter on Community Involvement and development, under ISO 26000 Guidance on social responsibilities, "....organizations have a relationship with the communities in which they operate " with the underlying principle that Organization should "recognize and have due regard for the characteristics, for traditions and history.
In the state of Penang, the Star reported on the demolition of a heritage building "the Runnymede built in1808 which was home of Sir Stamford Raffles. It was not a complete demolition but the damage and loss to the deep history and culture was unacceptable. We have yet to identify the organization, whether it's a local MNC or a foreign owned organization with the disgraceful ambition of building a multi storey hotel!
Whilst waiting for the State Government and its agencies to clarify this outrage, SR Monitor is deeply saddened by this event and just for the records, this was not the first "destruction of history" and hopefully, it will be the last!
Posted February 13, 2016
Nestle in Human Rights suit
“Thai Supplier: Accused of knowingly using slave-caught fish in Fancy Feast cat food”
AFP (Friday, 28th August 2015) reported that “Swiss food giant Nestle is being sued in the United States for allegedly knowingly allowing its Fancy Feast cat food to contain fish from a Thai supplier that uses slave labour.”
In the same report, it unravelled that “Men and boys, often trafficked from Myanmar and Cambodia were sold to fishing boat captains who needed crews aboard their ship.”
This explosive news highlighted the importance of how Multi-National Corporations should managed their Supply Chain, Coming closely on the heels of the “Maggi Mee issue in India, this does not speak well of the SR records of this MNC!
Posted September 1, 2015 10:11pm
Regulating Separation of Recyclable Waste
Star reported that eight States in Malaysia will introduce Regulations from 1st September, for the Residents and Business Owners to separate their trash. "There will be a long grace period before fines are imposed on those who refuse to separate recyclable material from general waste, with fines kicking in only from June 2016."
SR Monitor welcome this news which will be a positive step for caring of the environment. We also like to remind the Authorities that they have a part to play too and there is a general expectation that Municipal Councils and relevant State Authorities have to improve on their trash collections and management.
Posted July 21, 2015 11:17pm
Doggone day for Animal lovers
In sharp contrast to the Animal Welfare Bill 2015 in Malaysia, its doggone day for animal lovers in the City of Yulin in China which held its annual festival devoted to the animal's meat on the summer solistice! The good news is a report that one Chinese lady paid USD1,000 to buy up dogs put up for sale and save them from the cooking pot!
Posted June 28, 2015 10:11pm
Malaysian Parliament passed the “Animal Welfare Bill 2015”
SR Monitor is pleased to record another milestone for animal welfare! The Malaysian Parliament passed the “Animal Welfare Bill 2015” on 17th June 2015. The new law would cover a broader spectrum base on the principles of the welfare of the animals. The new law would not replace the Animals Act 1953.
Long sought by animal activists who demanded for heavier penalties for animal cruelty offences, this Bill will be well received by all animal lovers. The offences under this Act include the act of beating, mutilating, poisoning, confining in areas that restrict natural movement of the animals, abandoning or the act of the owner for allowing such cruelty against the animal carry a severe penalty, including imprisonment.
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Posted June 22, 2015 10:28am
A Tribute to the Malim Gunung
SRMonitor salutes the Malim Gunung or mountain guide who bravely led the hikers who were stranded on Mount Kinabalu after the earthquake on June 5, 2015. Their selfless act and courage have undoubtedly saved many lives in the aftermath of the quake. We want to especially honour Robbi Sapinggi, Joseph Selungin and Valerian Joannes who have given their lives to protect their climbers. Lastly, SRMonitor wishes to express our deepest condolences to the family of all those who perished in the earthquake.
Posted June 13, 2015 21:45pm
Orang Utan make comeback
A piece of good news for Environmentalist and Animal Care lovers. The Star reported "WWF Malaysia which has been planting trees in the Ulu Selama-Malua forest range which had been wiped off by loggers saw a return of Orang Utan."
This forest range is located in Central Sabah, East Malaysia.
Posted June 12, 2015 4:51pm
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