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Category: Safety EN

Crane accidents – Who is responsible?

The Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) is increasingly worried about the substantial number of accidents involving cranes at construction sites in this country.  Most of these cases are caused by non-compliance of basic safety guidelines as stipulated by the Department of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH). In May 2007, two contractors and a crane manufacturer were charged in court over a...
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Toxic black henna dyes

Henna, a 9,000 year-old South Asian and Middle Eastern tradition of painting the body, has found its way to the mainstream. Henna tattoos have been spotted on everyone from singing divas to movie stars to spring breakers. Henna is also used to dye hair. Though the popularity of the body art rises, information surrounding it does not. Few realise that a form of henna, called "black henna," can...
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Red lipstick spreads the lead

Some of the red lipsticks manufactured in the United States and used daily by millions of women contain high levels of lead, according to new product tests commissioned by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, a nonprofit coalition. The tests for lead in lipstick were conducted by an independent laboratory over the month of September on red lipsticks bought in Boston, Hartford, Connecticut, San...
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Soft-soled rubber clogs: A hazard to children

Reports are surfacing that young people wearing soft-soled clogs are getting their toes caught in escalators. A popular brand of these clogs known as Crocs appears to be often implicated in these reports. In 2007, the Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) received a complaint from a mother who informed us that her 4-year-old son’s Crocs shoe was swallowed up into an escalator after slipping...
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Another wake up call for road safety

Malaysian transport authorities received another wake up call in the form of an express bus accident on Sunday. This is a clear indication such tragedies will continue unless serious measures are put into place without further delays and flip-flops. As reported by the victims, the bus driver was speeding. This shows that bus drivers will continue to flout the law as long as nothing concrete is...
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Watch out for tyre safety

Did we ever stop to think that your vehicle's tyres may have been a major cause of accidents?  Most Malaysian motorists do not seem to be aware about the dangers of driving with faulty tyres or tyres that are not properly maintained. One of the important factors of tyre maintenance is proper inflation. In this regard, air kiosks at petrol stations are not calibrated, which means that pumping up...
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Don’t mull over tougher measures on fireworks – jail the culprits!

The Consumers’ Association of Penang congratulates the Customs and Excise Department and the Police for the intensive nationwide crackdown on the smuggling and sale of fireworks and firecrackers. This clearly shows that if enforcement is beefed up, smuggling of such contraband can be curbed. In a media report today, the Customs Department intelligence Director, Datuk Ismail Ibrahim was quoted...
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Basic occupational health and safety procedures ignored by state government

The Consumer’s Association of Penang (CAP) lauds the Penang state government for its ‘Cleaner, Greener Penang' initiative. The initiative although long overdue in view of Penang’s deteriorating environment, is a positive step forward to restore Penang’s lost charm. However, as depicted in The Star (24 May), the state government seems to have sacrificed its basic human values in its...
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Were safety measures followed in building demolition?

The Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) is shocked at the circumstances surrounding the Jaya Supermarket tragedy. It is incomprehensible that hazardous demolition work which is normally executed after careful planning could go awry and result in the entrapment and death of 7 foreign workers. According to a media report, Deputy Housing and Local Government Minister Lajim Ukin said initial...
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Discounted driving licenses irrelevant

The Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) calls to attention the recent recommendation of the Director of the Road Safety Department (JKJR), Datuk Suret Singh, that school students in the Ampang area be given a discount of 50 per cent in fees to obtain driving licenses. This is irrelevant and antithetical to the objective of zero road accidents among youths. CAP is alarmed at the latest motor...
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