Safety Culture in Combating Occupational Safety and Health Problems in the Malaysian Manufacturing Sectors

Noor Aina Amirah, Wan Izatul Asma, Mohd Shaladdin Muda, Wan Abd Aziz Wan Mohd Amin


Rapid economic growth via industrialization has given not only a significant impact in terms of income distributions and quality of life, but it also resulted in increasing number of accidents at workplace. In reducing risk at the workplace, Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) is an important aspect. It is a standard which are set in legislation with the aim to eliminate and reduce hazards at workplace. Besides OSH, the term of ‘safety culture’ is also an important aspect in reducing risk and accident at workplace. This paper highlights the problems in the Malaysian manufacturing industries namely the high accident rate in manufacturing industries which may be due to lack of safety culture and non-compliance of the Malaysian Occupational Safety and Health Act’s (OSHA’s) requirements which may inadvertently led to lack of safety culture. The existence of these problems shows that workers’ and employers’ behaviour and compliance to OSHA will lead to positive safety culture which in turn will lead to reduction of accidents rate in the manufacturing industries in Malaysia.

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