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Occupational Diseases and Poisoning Investigation

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.

 

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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%).

 

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