Prioritize workplace safety measures

Kuching: The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is increasing its efforts to raise awareness of the importance of occupational safety and health (OSH) measures in the workplace.

NIOSH Chairman Chong Chieng Jen said that in its commitment to safeguarding the welfare and rights of employees, NIOSH draws attention to the most neglected aspects of OSH among small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Malaysia. He said he is aiming for that.

“Occupational health and safety is one of the most overlooked and undervalued aspects for many small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Malaysia,” Chong said, adding that workplace injuries and illnesses have a significant impact on businesses. I emphasized.

According to the International Labor Organization (ILO), these problems can account for up to 4% of the world’s gross domestic product (GDP) due to medical costs, lost productivity and job interruptions.

Mr Chong highlighted Malaysia’s worrying statistics in 2022, recording a rate of 222 occupational accidents and 2.16 fatalities per 100,000 workers.

“We must continue to work together and move towards safer workplaces,” he added.

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