2016 Health, Safety & Environment Carnival: Inculcating safe and healthy culture within the community
The Manjung Community in Perak as well as employees of Vale Malaysia have received a timely reminder about staying healthy and how to stay safe at all times at the company’s Health, Safety & Environment Carnival. Open to the public, this is the fifth time the carnival has been held with the purpose of inculcating an awareness of the importance of health, safety and the environment especially among the youth. The annual carnival was officially launched by the Orang Besar Jajahan Manjung, Y. D. H. Toh Seri Bijaya, Lt. Kol. (B) Dato’ Shaharudin bin Haji Nazari.
“It is like an annual check up for the local community and as one of the main industrial players in the district, we want to be part of the cause in advocating the importance of health, safety and the environment,” said Executive Manager of Vale Malaysia, Luiz Fernando Landeiro.
“It is very important that we take constantly take steps to enhance the health, safety and the environment in every aspect of how the company operates and that is something that we want to impart on the local community which we are a part of,” said Landeiro, adding that the carnival also serves as a hub where all the related Government agencies and NGOs can also reach out to the people.
The carnival also promoted awareness of the Vale Eco Centre that is part of the company’s commitment to the environment, a gateway to the 715-acre Teluk Rubiah forest which serves as an educational platform for the local community members and the public to discover and appreciate biodiversity of the Teluk Rubiah forest.
“The Teluk Rubiah forest is an environmental heritage that needs to be preserved as a thriving example of how proper care of the environment is essential to the quality of life for present and future generations, apart from imparting the importance of keeping the environment clean and healthy as part of our value, Prize Our Planet,” said Landeiro.
Visitors to the carnival were also treated to performances by local talents from Manjung and able to get the services and useful information from the presence of government agencies, organisations and NGOs that are related to health, safety and environment.
Among the agencies are District Dental Department, Universiti Kuala Lumpur – Malaysian Institute of Marine Engineering Technology (UniKL MIMET), Global Environment Centre, Sahabat Hutan Bakau Lekir Sitiawan, Outward Bound Malaysia Lumut, Fire & Rescue Department, Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission, Perak Road Safety Department, Perak Department of Environment, Indah Water Konsortium Perak, Red Crescent Perak, and Perak Department of Occupational Safety and Health.
The participants were able to learn about dental health, road and home safety, the communications and multimedia industry, which includes cyber safety, and few others from the exhibitions and games, apart from adrenaline-filled treasure hunt, Enviro-Hunt that was held at the Vale Eco Centre trails.