KUCHING, May 23: The Occupational Safety and Health Master Plan 2021–2025 (OSHMP25) seeks to increase the reporting of occupational illness and poisoning by 2025, as well as decrease the rate of occupational fatalities and accidents.
According to Department of Occupational Safety and Health (Dosh) Sarawak director Dr Nor Halim Hasan, the three Lagging Indicators OSHMP25 that must be met by 2025 are reducing the occupational death rate, which is 2.93 deaths per 100,000 workers; reducing the occupational accident rate, which is 2.13 accidents per 1,000 workers; and increasing the reporting of occupational illness and poisoning by 30 per cent.
“I’d like to share the statistics of occupational accidents in 2022, when 392 accident cases were reported in the State of Sarawak.
“There were 22 fatal occupational accidents, with the manufacturing sector contributing the most (six cases), followed by the agricultural sector (six cases), and the construction sector (three cases),” Nor Halim said during the World Occupational Safety and Health Day 2023 Sarawak Level celebration today, which was held at the Fire and Rescue Department of Malaysia (JBPM) Sarawak headquarters here.
He also revealed that a total of 29 Permanent Disability (HUK) cases were recorded, with the manufacturing sector contributing the most.
“While the department has recorded 341 cases of Without Permanent Disability (THUK), the manufacturing sector is also the highest contributor with 144 cases, followed by agriculture, forestry, and fishing with 85 cases,” he added. — DayakDaily