Lam Thye lights up Sarawak Energy HSE Week launch

Sharbini (right) presents a memento as a token of appreciation to Lee.

KUCHING, Nov 14: The launch of the Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) Week at Menara Sarawak Energy has been powered up with the attendance of Malaysia’s safety icon, Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye, who was invited as guest speaker.

Lee delivered a strong message on the importance of a safety culture at the workplace, stressing that commitment towards embracing a safety culture in their daily routine was crucial for Sarawak Energy staff.

“A better understanding and appreciation regarding workplace safety will allow issues to be shared and addressed. When you do something and turn it into a passion, it will become empowerment,” he added.

He also lauded Sarawak Energy’s workforce safety culture.

“A great example is Sarawak Energy’s driver immediately reminded me to put on my seat belt when I entered their car,” said Lee, who attributed this to a strong safety awareness at every level of Sarawak Energy.

At the launch attended by Sarawak Energy’s senior management and invited guests, Sarawak Energy also unveiled its HSE Culture Slogan – “Access, Comply and Empower” or ACE, to reinforce safety principles among its workforce.

Lee (centre, grey jacket) and Sharbini (to his right) pose in a group photo to commemorate the event.

Sarawak Energy Group’s chief executive officer, Datu Sharbini Suhaili, in his welcoming speech, emphasised the importance of continuing efforts to raise and cultivate a safety culture.

He added that employees should be constantly on alert for safety risks in how they operate and recognise potential hazards to mitigate the risk.

“Careless acts must be stopped as this brings harm towards yourself and others. Refusing to hold the rails when using the stairs, not using the back-seat safety belts in a car, driving in the basement with the car lights off and being inattentive while walking across the road can all result in injury or worse.

“It is only with strong and committed safety leadership that we will achieve a sustainable safety culture and behaviour at the workplace,” added Sharbini, while reminding the staff to comply with Sarawak Energy’s 11 Life Saving Rules (LSR), which includes always wearing seat belts in the car and never using the handphone whole driving.

Keeping to the recurring theme of Raising Standards, Nurturing Culture and Saving Lives, this year has seen Sarawak Energy continue its campaign amongst employees, contractors, and stakeholders in its operations to strengthen safety culture with the aim of achieving zero harm to people.

Sharbini highlighted Sarawak Energy’s achievements including recording a total of 5 million man hours without Lost Time Injury (LTI) for Tanjung Kidurong Combined Cycle Power Plant Project and 13 million man hours without LTI and Fatality for the Balingian Coal-Fired Power Plant.

Other activities outlined for the HSE Week included a series of talks on Health, Safety and Environment and a blood donation charity. An exhibition on safety equipment and operation was held. — DayakDaily