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Occupational Safety & Health  >   Occupational Safety and Health Act 1994
 
expand    Does my organisation/company need to engage a safety and health officer?

​Not all organisation/company is required to employ a full time safety and health officer, only those industries listed under the Occupational Safety and Health (Safety and Health) Officer Order 1997 need to employ a full time Safety and Health Officer. The industries are:

  1. any building operation where the total contract price of the project exceeds twenty million ringgit;

  2. any work of engineering construction where the total contract price of the project exceeds twenty million ringgit;

  3. any ship building employing at the peak of the work more than a hundred employees;

  4. any gas processing activity or petrochemical industries employing more than a hundred employees;

  5. any chemical and allied industry employing more than a hundred employees;

  6. any boiler and pressure vessel manufacturing activity employing more than a hundred employees;

  7. any metal industry where there is canning or stamping or blanking or shearing or bending operations and employing more than a hundred employees;

  8. any wood working industry where there is cutting or sawing or planning or moulding or sanding or peeling or any combination of the above, and employing more than a hundred employees;

  9. any cement manufacturing activity employing more than a hundred employees; and

  10. any other manufacturing activity other than the manufacturing activity specified in subparagraphs (f) to (i), employing more than five hundred employees. 
 
expand    I have heard a lot about OSH at the workplace? How to begin? What should be done?

​Basically all organisations should start OSH programme by establishing a safety and health policy. The policy should be communicated to all members of the organisation. Secondly if required by law, the organisation should establish the safety and health committee and meet regularly to discuss issues on safety and health. Get the involvement of employees in the committee. Subsequent to that, hazard identification should be carried out and proper control should be implemented to ensure that the existing hazards are reduce or eliminated. Everybody should take part in the OSH programme. In no time you should be able to see the difference. 

 
expand    Is my organisation/company covered under Occupational Safety and Health Act 1994?

​If you are under one of the category bellow, you are covered. The Occupational Safety and Health Act 1994 shall apply throughout Malaysia to the industries specified in the First Schedule of the Act :

  • Manufacturing

  • Mining and Quarrying

  • Construction

  • Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing

  • Utilities, Electricity, Gas; Water and Sanitary Services

  • Transport, Storage and Communication

  • Wholesale and Retail Trades

  • Hotel and Restaurants

  • Finance, Insurance, Real Estate and Business Services

  • Public services and Statutory Authorities
 
expand    Is there any difference between Occupational Safety and Health Officer and Safety and Health Officer?

Occupational Safety and Health Officer (OSHO) is a public officer appointed by the Minister to enforce the powers of the OSH Act 1994.

Safety and Health Officer is a person employed by the employer to advice and assists the employer to ensure the safe system of work at the workplace.

 
expand    Should my organisation/company set up a safety and health committee?

​If your organisation/company has forty or more persons employed at the workplace or your company is directed by the Director General of the Department of Occupational Safety and Health to establish the safety and health committee you should  set up the committee. The committee should comply to the Occupational Safety and Health (Safety and Health committee) Regulations 1996.

 
expand    What is Occupational Safety and Health Act 1994 for?

​The Act is for securing the safety, health and welfare of persons at work, for protecting others against risks to safety or health in connection with the activities of persons at work.



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