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OSHMP25 to drive safe and healthy work culture
Published on: Thursday, October 14, 2021
By: Bernama
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PUTRAJAYA: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob on Wednesday launched the Occupational Safety and Health Master Plan 2021-2025 (OSHMP25) which outlined various strategic core values to drive the formation of a Safe and Healthy Work Culture and to raise the Malaysian Wellbeing Index (MyWI).

He said the medium-term master plan for five years would improve the level of safety and health at the workplace by reducing the rate of accidents, deaths and disease infection, which would help the Government enhance the people’s wellbeing.

“This plan was formulated after taking into consideration the current working scenario which has changed. Today, the home of each Malaysian Family is also  a work space. Similarly in cafes, stalls and restaurants.    

“Practising safe work culture is essential for all of us to adhere to,” he said in his speech when launching OSCHMP25, which was held virtually.

Ismail Sabri said the master plan outlined seven key strategies, namely the empowerment of occupational safety and health (OSH) in the public sector, strengthening self-regulation practice at the work place, encouraging OSH education and research as well as empowering occupational health.

The strategies also cover better OSH compliance in small and medium industries; boosting OSH through technology; as well as improving OSH on work-related road safety, informal sector and future jobs, he said.

He said it is hoped the commitment of all parties, including the Government, employers and workers, would ensure the mission to elevate OSH is implemented successfully in line with the theme of OSHMP25: OSH Inclusive-Equality and Commitment.

“The direct effects of neglecting OSH would see the country experiencing four per cent losses in the Gross Domestic Product revenue per year. Nonetheless, what is prioritised by the Government is to prevent the loss of lives of the Malaysian Family,” he said.

Ismail Sabri said the Covid-19 pandemic which hit the country has not only threatened public health but also gave impact in economic and social aspects.

“Moving forward, we need to weather the increasing competitive global environment as a result of the pandemic. It requires a drastic transition to the new normal at the work place such as working from home with more online activities,” he said.

Nonetheless, he said  working from home has exposed workers to the safety and health risks such as problems relating to ergonomic among them on body posture when using the computer or gadget and getting exposed to psychosocial problems, especially on mental stress and weak social interaction, especially after being confined in the home for so long.

Deputy Human Resource Minister Datuk Awang Hashim said OSHMP25 is a continuation of OSHMP15 and OSHMP2020. 



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