SHENA is based at the Design & Technology Building in Kg Anggerek Desa. Image: Ridhwan Kamarulzaman

The Safety, Health and Environment National Authority (SHENA) has expressed concerns over the lack of Health, Safety and Environmental (HSE) awareness among construction companies in the sultanate.

The authority through a recent statement said that it had inspected several construction sites to gauge the industry’s level of HSE compliance, in its bid to make Brunei a safer place to work and live.

Through the investigation, SHENA has found that majority of the construction sites it inspected lacked general hazard management and risk management; inadequate standard operating procedures (SOP) and other safety plans for high risk activities; and lack of maintenance and certification of cranes and equipment.

The authority also found that industry players also lacked HSE awareness, have poor communication practices and supervision onsite, used non-compliant practices in scaffolding activities, lacked suitable personal protection equipment (PPE) for workers, untrained employees and unsafe use of electrical tools and appliances.

SHENA had also issued a reminder for companies to be accountable in upholding the Workplace Safety and Health Order 2009 and to review their operating routines and ensure they utilise good industry practices.

The authority advised all construction-related companies to review their site-wide hazard assessment and management; adequacy of training their supervisors and workers for HSE awareness; review procedures around work at height activities including scaffolding tasks; get certification for crane activities and all forms of lifting operations; and find the best and safest use of electrical system and appliances on worksites.

SHENA said it will continue to engage construction companies with the support of relevant authorities and undertake inspections to ascertain the level of compliance onsite. It also added that it will take legal actions whenever necessary.

The Bruneian | BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

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