The Safety, Health and Environment National Authority (SHENA) reminds all waste collection companies and those involved in the transport and disposal of waste to prohibit unsafe work practices and behaviour.
The national authority which regulates workplace safety, health and environment as well as radiation matters, in a statement, said that the practices include workers hanging onto the sides and the backs of garbage trucks while in motion.
Workers must wear suitable personal protective equipment (PPE) such as protective gloves, high visibility coverall or vest and safety shoes at all times.
Unsafe practices and behaviour may endanger the safety and well-being of the worker and members of the public within the vicinity of the activity, the statutory body said.
Under section 12 of the Workplace Safety and Health Order, 2009 (WSHO), the duties of employers include taking necessary measures to ensure the safety and health of his employees and other persons such as members of the public.
Moreover, employers should also provide sufficient instruction, training and supervision, among others, that is necessary for the workers to perform their tasks safely.
The Department of Environment, Parks and Recreation (JASTRe) would like to remind all waste collection companies registered with JASTRe to be in compliance with any relevant directives or regulations, including matters related to the safety of their workers, at all times.
Failure to do so, JASTRe reserves the right to suspend or revoke the approval to carry out waste collection service issued to the companies at any time.
SHENA seeks the support of all relevant stakeholders in ensuring Brunei is a safe place to work and live.
The Bruneian | BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN