Proposal for Review and Reform of OSH Legislation for Construction Industry in Malaysia

The construction industry is competitive, and it varies from other industries in terms of the dangers that its employees face. Construction sites are home to a wide range of operations, with each process posing its own set of hazards. As a result, proper worksite hazard management is critical, and an amendment to OSH legislation has been long overdue. To address the industry’s troubling state of safety and health concerns, a comprehensive legislative structure is needed. The proposed merger of the Factories and Machinery Act 1967 and the Occupational Safety and Health Act 1994, along with existing and revised Regulations for construction activities, would be a significant step forward in ensuring that the law is effectively implemented. Efforts should be made to reinforce the OSHA 1994, rather than retaining the compliance of both the FMA and the OSHA, as the authority and industry believe. Many years ago, it was appropriate. Both legislations are no longer necessary, and appropriate measures should be taken to expedite the formulation of OSHA 1994 Regulations and Approved Codes of Practice, especially for construction activities, in order to clarify and justify the general safety duty imposed by the OSHA 1994.

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Rozanah Ab. Rahman
School of Business and Economics, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Malaysia.

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