National University of Science and Technology (NUST) School of Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering (SMME) observed World Day of Safety and Health at Work on April 28, 2014. A seminar followed by a walk for cause was organized to celebrate this International Day. Dr Athar Masood from HITECH, Ms. Sarah Amir from International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI) and Mr. Samee ur Rehman from World Institute of Safety and Health (WISH) spoke on the event which was held at SMME Auditorium, NUST H-12 campus, Islamabad. The event was organized by NUST Community Service Club (NCSC) in collaboration with NUST ICE Student Chapter (NISC).
The seminar highlighted the significance of occupational health and safety. The speakers mutually agreed on the underlying importance of bringing in international standards of safety and health at work in Pakistan’s organizations. Ms Sarah Amir noted that Pakistan’s labor force is most vulnerable to hazardous incidents due to the fact that there is lack of awareness and education on this area which is unfortunately overlooked in our country. The need of legislations and revised acts on occupational health and safety were jointly stressed upon.
As a pledge to work for this cause, a walk was also arranged from NUST SMME Building towards Gate 14. The esteemed speakers, Principal SMME Dr. Abdul Ghafoor, staff members and students participated in the walk with zeal and vigor.