Thursday, April 29, 2010

OSH Day 2010 @ Bangi

World Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Day concept originated from the day when the American and Canadian workers honour their fallen comrades in 1989. Since then starting from 2003, 28th April was chosen as be the day to commemorate workers who injured or passed away while at work.

On this day, government and employers are encouraged to hold activities to heighten awareness of OSH issues in the world of work and promote a culture of prevention.

This year theme is adopted from International Labour Organization "Emerging Risks and New Patterns of Prevention in a Changing World of Work". It draws attention to the current global challenges and the new context of occupational safety and health practice. It highlights technological advance, emerging workplace risks and changing patterns of employment and workforce and thus, the need for new preventive approaches in facing these new challenges.

In Malaysia, the OSH day was celebrated in NIOSH, Bangi. Many activities were lined up for the day.

Registration of the participants which were mainly from private sectors and university students. I estimate the number in the region of 500 people.

Once everyone had settled down, the event kicked off with a little stretching exercise lead by this lovely lady. I believe everyone enjoy this exercise.

Then the DOSH Director General arrived to officiate the event and flag off the participants to their check points.

The first elimination event was the balancing act (Romberg Test). Surprisingly, many participants passed this round. They need to align their feet, hold the hands and shut their eyes. If anyone fail to maintain this position for 1 minute, they are eliminated.

The second elimination task is to get the knot done correctly. This is no easy task.

The third task was probably the most simplest of all. One just need to put on the mask correctly to get through to the next round. Kimberley-Clark was the main sponsor for this check point.

For those who were eliminated earlier, there are many side activities to engage such as exhibition and free medical check up.

This "Wheel of Dreams" is where almost everyone can win prizes. Just spin the wheels and answer a simple question.

It also present the visitors with a rare opportunity to take photographs with the machinery and vehicles used by various government agencies in this country.

Some booths were set out to sell some law books which are associated with safety and health.

Safety equipment like the breathing apparatus and safety symbol stickers were also on display for the public.

The final elimination task is to get tie the knot correctly and climb up this rope. This was the most difficult task and I don't think a lot of participants get through this final hurdle.

The queens of DOSH (Department of Occupational Safety and Health)

The highlight of the event was the visit by the Minister and Deputy Minister of Human Resources in the afternoon to officiate the event. I feel honoured to have a chance to shake hand with Datuk S. Subramaniam.

What am I doing here? Well, I was entrusted by my colleague to capture videos of the event. This is my first time operating a camcorder and I start to get a hang of it.


escape said...

one big bang event! osh... i like activities that starts with stretching. it lessens body pain.

SJB aka SUELYN J-B. said...

Interesting and fun huh.

M-Knight said...

wah!! I like ur last pic.. u looks so professional there..hahaha