DuPont Strengthens Collaboration with NIOSH to Promote Safety

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Kuala Lumpur, 23 January 2014 – DuPont Malaysia (“DPM”) and the National Institute of Occupational Safety & Health (“NIOSH”) today signed a memorandum of agreement (“the MOA”) that sets forth the roles, responsibilities and parameters for working collaboratively to promote NIOSH’s OSH in School safety programs. The MOA was signed by Ir. Haji Rosli Hussin, executive director, NIOSH and Mr. Ong Ewe Hock, managing director DPM. The event was witnessed by Tan Sri Datuk Seri Lee Lam Thye, chairman NIOSH.

The MOA is a two-year community-based partnership where both parties will jointly organize programs that promote safety behaviors and culture among the students and teachers nationwide under the OSH in School banner.

“It is with tremendous pride that we sign this MOA with NIOSH, EH Ong said. “We are delighted to have been selected to work collaboratively to promote safety behaviors and culture among the school children. We believe safety culture and positive values in life have to be nurtured from young. This document is the culmination of many months of discussion and planning and through it, we have established a platform to share DuPont 200 over years of real-world safety experiences, history of innovation, problem-solving success and strong brands in helping communities transform their behaviors.

“For NIOSH, the OSH in School programme has been the centre of our CSR activity as we believe that safety and health awareness starts from young hence the school would be the best place to start. NIOSH has successfully introduced the program to more than a dozen schools with the sponsorship from corporate organizations and now we have DuPont collaborating with us which definitely will bring good outcome in cultivating a safety culture.

The program aims to ensure safety, health and welfare for those at work; protect the students against risk to safety and health in connection with the activities of persons at work; and to establish a safe and healthy working environment involving the office, laboratory, canteen, toilet, hostel, fields, etc. Through the OSH in school program, NIOSH hopes to recommend to schools on the importance of good OSH management as a solution to all problems related to OSH. Hence, OSH awareness should not be limited to teachers and schools staff alone but be extended to the students,’ said NIOSH Chairman, Yang Berbahagia Tan Sri Datuk Seri Lee Lam Thye.

The MOA was signed after the official launch event of DPM’s new operational headquarter which is now located at KL Sentral. The new operational headquarter is equipped with cutting edge technologies that promote inclusive collaboration and innovation for DPM’s stakeholders.

“DuPont is a science company and has been in Malaysia for 40 years and we have been applying our broad range of scientific knowledge and expertise to provide solutions to various industries. We have more than 10,000 scientist and engineers and over 150 R&D centers worldwide. Through innovation and collaboration, we are pleased to bring science for local community. We recognize that while challenges can be global, science solution must be local.” EH Ong commented.

NIOSH is a company limited by guarantee that runs of four core activities: Training, Consultation, Research & Development and Information Dissemination. Striving to be the center of excellence in OSH, NIOSH has branches across the region (West Malaysia and East Malaysia) to accommodate the needs of industries today. Through this, we are proud to be the major source of OSH information for employers and employees alike.