Malaysian HR Ministry task force: Cutting workplace noise-related hearing disorders by 20%

In a recent press conference (on the 31st March 2021), the Malaysian Deputy Minister of Human Resources, Datuk Awang Hashim announced that a task force has already been set up by the Human Resources Ministry to reduce occupational, or workplace noise-related hearing disorders by 20% in the span of four years.

According to the news reporting done by VENESA DEVI in The Star, Datuk Awang said a total of 3,055 such cases were reported to the ministry last year (2020).

“Of the 4,960 occupational disease cases we have received last year, about 61.5% were occupational noise-related.”

The HR Ministry is seeing this as a very serious issue that is required to be acted upon immediately. The enforcement task force was set up to manage the problem and will conduct checks on some 896 workplaces by the 2nd of April 2021.

Datuk Awang mentioned that a total of 588 operations were conducted by the task force between 22nd to 30th of March, with 497 notices being issued.

“We aim to reduce the number of cases by 20% in 2025 compared to the number last year,” Datuk Awang said.

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Interested to know more on how to tackle workplace-related noise problems? Read more from our past article regarding workplace noise control:


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