UEM EDGENTA INVESTED RM4.5 MILLION IN 2018 TO PROMOTE HEALTH & SAFETY CULTURE, ROPES IN VENDORS AND PARTNERS
KUALA LUMPUR, 3 March 2019 – UEM Edgenta Berhad (UEM Edgenta), a leading Asset Management and Infrastructure Solutions company in the region, have invested RM4.5 million in 2018 to promote health and safety culture and is set to increase the investment by 5% year-on-year until 2020. This was shared at the Company’s second annual Partners Operations Dialogue (POD) that was held specifically for the vendors and partners of UEM Edgenta’s Infrastructure Services division which maintains over 2,500 kilometres of highways and state roads in Malaysia and Indonesia, including the North-South Expressway (PLUS), the East Coast Expressway 2 (LPT2) & LATAR Expressway in Malaysia, as well as the Cikopo–Palimanan Highway in Indonesia, among others.
Themed, “Safety & Operational Excellence”, the dialogue aims to enhance the participants knowledge and understanding on the implementation, monitoring and continuous improvements of Health, Safety, Security and Environment (HSSE) processes at the workplace. This year, the Company’s core initiative is to enforce strict compliance to safety procedures at work site, in its efforts to significantly reduce work-related safety incidences. Close to 400 representatives of contracted companies providing infrastructure maintenance services to UEM Edgenta’s Infrastructure Services division had gathered to discuss in-depth opportunities to enhance safety and high performance HSSE work culture during the half-day session.
“Our personnel and sub-contractors especially those maintaining highways, are constantly exposed to dangers and risks. Our number one objective is for everyone to go home safely to their families and loved ones, and we will continue to invest in safety training, upgrading of skill sets, machineries and technology as well as change our culture – our staff and subcontractors must treat health and safety just like any other business,” said Dato’ Azmir Merican, UEM Edgenta’s Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer. UEM Edgenta places high emphasis on innovation and delivering innovation in safety. The Company has engaged Highways England, Transport for London and several highway contractors to understand their safety programmes and processes. Technical visits were conducted to learn the latest highway technologies.
The Company is also continuously engaging and working with clients and stakeholders such as Polis Diraja Malaysia, Malaysian Highway Authorities (MHA), Department of Occupational Safety & Health Malaysia and Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research, where all parties tackle health and safety issues such as implementing innovative ways to make work zones on the highways safer for road users and highway workers. One of which is Safety Vehicle, introduced by UEM Edgenta’s subsidiary, Edgenta Propel Berhad in 2017 following a collaboration with PLUS Malaysia Berhad and MHA.
UEM Edgenta purchased 132 Safety Vehicles that are currently in use on the North-South Expressway. The POD was officiated by Deputy Minister of Works, YB Mohd Anuar Mohd Tahir and in his keynote address lauds UEM Edgenta’s engagement efforts with its contractors to create shared value in discovering potential new opportunities while establishing proper channels to discuss operational issues faced by contractors when performing routine maintenance works.
Accompanying the Deputy Minister of Works was the Ministry’s Deputy Secretary General, Dato’ Abdul Razak bin Jaafar, who were taken for a tour of the POD exhibition which was focused on initiatives relating to Safety and Operational Excellence.