Brunei-Japan joint venture VAM® BRN has successfully completed its first smoking cessation programme today.
The six-month programme saw the participation of 18 staff who volunteered to attend counseling sessions conducted by officials from the Health Promotion Centre.
Speaking to The Bruneian in an event held at its office in Salambigar Industrial Park, VAM® BRN Managing Director Tomoyuki Ohashi said that the programme was developed as a result of an initial health, safety, security and environment (HHSE) survey.
The survey findings showed that more than half of the company’s workforce are smokers.
“We thought that an intervention had to be done to reduce smoking habits among the staff. The programme can help them to be more productive at work as they will not stop for smoke breaks in between tasks,” he said.
In support of the programme, the company sponsored nicotine patches and other cessation aids for the staff to help control their urge to smoke.
Ohashi also stressed on the importance of observing strict HSSE guidelines to ensure a safe working environment.
The managing director said that the company will not be arranging for a similar programme anytime soon but will definitely find more ways to encourage healthier lifestyle and habits for its staff.
VAM® BRN was opened last year and it involves in producing and supplying oil country tubular goods (OCTG) pipes for the oil and gas industry players.