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BACHOK November 24 I Universiti Malaysia Kelantan (UMK) has made history as the first Public University (UA) to receive the ISO 45001: 2018 Occupational Health and Safety Management System (OHSMS) certification for the scope of Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) maintenance across all University organisations. Occupational Safety and Health Management Centre (CMeOSH).

The rating was received following an evaluation by the NIOSH Certification Auditors for the ISO 45001: 2018 Certification Phase 2 Audit held at UMK Bachok, Tangok, Kelantan, on November 24, 2019.

Director of CMeOSH, Prof. Ts. Ir. Dr. Hj. Ahmad Rasdan Ismail said the certification demonstrates the ability of UMK's top management to ensure the importance of occupational safety and health is a priority for all UMK staff.

He was also pleased with the commitment of the UMK Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Dato 'Ts. Dr. Noor Azizi Ismail is the Chairman of the UMK Parent Workers' Occupational Safety and Health Committee (JPKKPI) chairing the opening of second phase of the ISO 45001: 2018 OSHMS audit session at the Senate Meeting Room, UMK Bachok.

"The university has expressed its support and willingness to ensure the importance of OSH in every organisation in the university," he said.

Meanwhile, Prof. Ts. Ir. Dr. Hj Ahmad Rashdan expresses his gratitude to the PTKKPI UMK team from 26 PTj, UMK Industry Higen Expert Team, the ISO Internal Audit Team: 45001 UMK for all their efforts, full support and commitment in the journey of realising this dream (since July 2019).

He added that through the recognition of the SO 45001: 2018 OHSMS rating was a great inspiration for UMK to go further and to inspire UMK staff to excel in the future.

“This success has been a catalyst for the development of a more systematic OSH UMK as well as a great reference and example to other institutes and industries. The cooperation and attention of UMK community in this regard is very important to ensure that all UMK staff are safe and healthy,” he said.

UMK has also been awarded the 2018 Occupational Safety and Health Excellence Award for the Higher Education Institutions (IPT) for Occupational Safety and Health. Deputy Prime Minister, YAB Dato’ Sri Dr. Wan Azizah Dr. Wan Ismail at the Occupational Safety and Health gave out the award during Malam Anugerah Cemerlang Keselamatan dan Kesihatan Pekerjaan Award Night in Kuala Lumpur last 28 February.

By I UMK Corporate Communication Centre

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