Bandar Seri Begawan, 24 March 2021 – The Safety, Health and Environment National Authority (SHENA) as part of its strategy to enhance stakeholder collaboration recently engaged with Pertubuhan Ukur Jurutera & Arkitek Negara Brunei Darussalam (PUJA) Academy Sdn Bhd to deliver an awareness talk entitled "Health, Safety, Environment & The Construction Industry". The briefing took place on Wednesday 24th March 2021 at the Atria Simpur Hall, Ground Floor, Public Works Department Headquarters at Jalan Lapangan Terbang Lama.
Delivering the briefing were two speakers from SHENA, Awang Jaime Oscar Richard Rebelo, Chief Inspector of Industry, and Ir. Dayang Justina Liew, Senior Inspector, Industry Sector.
Established by the Safety, Health and Environment National Authority Order, 2018, SHENA is a statutory body that is mandated to regulate and enforce workplace safety, health and environment as well radiation matters in Brunei Darussalam in the pursuit of making Brunei a safe place to work and live. Attendees were briefed that aside from ensuring HSE standards are enforced in the construction industry, SHENA's jurisdiction also extends to a number of other sectors including the Oil, Gas and Petrochemical Industry as well as educational and medical institutions.
The briefing covered various topics including Brunei Darussalam's legal framework under the Workplace Safety and Health Order, 2009 and its regulations, the role of SHENA as the national regulatory agency mandated to enforce workplace safety standards in Brunei Darussalam, the need for compliance to minimum HSE standards by the construction industry as well as best practices to be employed when carrying out work to ensure the safety of persons at work and the general public. The briefing concluded with a Question and Answer session.
The collaboration between SHENA and PUJA Academy Sdn. Bhd. represents a positive step in ensuring PUJA members and fellow professionals from the construction industry obtain greater awareness concerning HSE matters in light of Health and Safety being one of the core competencies required of professionals in the construction industry.
The briefing was attended by over 80 professionals consisting of PUJA members as well as other professionals from Brunei Darussalam's construction industry and forms part of PUJA's continuing professional development and educational series. The event ended with the presentation of certificates and tokens of appreciation to speakers from SHENA by the current PUJA Association President, Ir. Haji Mohamad Zin Bin Haji Awang Salleh.