Ensure the safety of your staff during GE14, NIOSH cautions


National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) chairman Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye is advising employers to take appropriate measures to ensure the safety of their staff who will be assigned duties for the upcoming 14th General Election (GE14).

He said apart from the Election Commission staff and government agencies, the advice also applied to media personnel who were vulnerable to various situations that might endanger safety while covering the polls.

He said media workers, whether journalists or photographers from the print or electronic media, or portals were among those who would be busy in the election providing news to the public as they unfolded.

"During the election period, there may be some untoward incidents requiring coverage or pictures to be taken...in the event of any such incident like stone throwing or the like, media practitioners should know how to protect themselves.

"We hope such incidents do not take place in our matured society, but sometimes things get out of hand due to emotions running high. There should be proper care of election workers and media personnel by providing appropriate personal protective equipment," he said.