In 2016, a total of 7820 cases of occupational disease and poisoning have been reported to the Occupational Health Division as compared with 5960 cases reported in the year 2015. Penang (2656 cases; 34.0%), Selangor (1125 cases; 14.3%) and Sabah (854 cases; 10.9%) have reported most number of occupational disease and poisoning cases for the year 2016. A total of 3860 cases were confirmed as occupational diseases and poisonings and workplace improvement in terms of occupational health was carried out. A total of 2876 cases were confirmed as occupational noise-induced hearing disorders (Noise-induced Hearing Loss, Hearing Impairment, and Permanent Standard Threshold Shift) and these disorders are still the most common occupational disease experienced by workers (74.5%) as compared to other diseases. This was followed by occupational musculoskeletal diseases, i.e. a total of 173 cases (4.5%) and occupational lung diseases, of 98 cases (2.5%). There were no confirmed cases of occupational cancer or psychosocial problem in 2016.
Analysis of occupational disease and poisoning by sector revealed that the manufacturing sector recorded the most number of cases of occupational disease and poisoning in 2016, a total of 3298 cases (85.4%). This was followed by the utility sectors, of 227 cases (5.8%) and the public sectors, a total of 158 cases (4.1%).