Lee: Prioritise OSH aspects to curb Covid-19

Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye

Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye

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KUALA LUMPUR (Jan 17): New Covid-19 prevention standard operating procedures at workplaces with priority given to matters related to occupational safety and health (OSH) aspects may be needed to curb the spread of the virus, said social activist Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye.

In a statement today, the Alliance for Safe Community chairman said additional warning bells have already been sounded, especially about living, working, and dining in closed surroundings that lack proper ventilation or in air-conditioned offices and restaurants.

"Employers should seek the assistance of OSH professionals who are in the best position to coordinate with other leading agencies — local and international — to provide relevant, timely, and key information. They can also advise on issues such as occupancy density, indoor airflow, and aerosol sprays," he said.

Lee said it is important to have workplaces where the air quality is not compromised due to chemical and biological contaminants.

He said when workers return to their offices after a long spell due to the Movement Control Order, the air-conditioning systems in their places of work may not have been well maintained, and merely recirculating the air has its risks.

"So, it is important to ensure that the air-conditioners are conditioned to maintain indoor air temperature and humidity at healthy and comfortable levels. Additionally, it is important to ensure proper ventilation," he said.

He said it may be necessary to occasionally open windows to allow fresh air to circulate inside.