444 Systematic occupational health enhancement level programme – towards achieving osh master plan 2020 by enhancing industrial hygiene in malaysia

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Abstract

Introduction

Systematic Occupational Enhancement Level Programme (SoHELP) is a systematic intervention programme which focus to help industries in Malaysia to enhance industrial hygiene and occupational health standard in the workplaces and to meet the regulatory requirements on industrial hygiene related regulations. The development of this programme are based on the increasing trend on reported occupational diseases in Malaysia and relatively low compliance to industrial hygiene related regulations which industrial hygiene related regulations seems as difficult and costly to comply compare to industrial safety regulations. The basis of the programme are focusing on three (3) main occupational hazards which are mainly due to exposure to excessive noise, chemical and ergonomic risk factor at the workplace.

Methods

The participation of the industries into this programme are voluntarily and they should have safety and health officer as person in charge to coordinate the programme at their workplace. The department has developed the module based on this three (3) main occupational hazard which the industries need to comply and implemented at their workplace with given time of 14 months from 1 st April 2016 until 31 st May 2017.

Results

The programme have been successfully being implemented to 214 workplaces which involved 261 Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Practitioner and 1 39 855 workers in Malaysia. The overall achievement and compliance based on implementation of the programme are 3.9/5.0 (78%).

Conclusion

This programme has been included in the Occupational Safety and Health Master Plan 2016–2020 (OSH-MP 2020) for Malaysia and been part of national platform for strategic and synergistic cooperation between government, employers, OSH practitioners, and employees to enhance industrial hygiene and health standard in the workplaces and as part of preventive tools to reduce the numbers of occupational diseases at the workplace.

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