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National Council For Occupational Safety and Health

The National Council of Occupational Safety and Health (NCOSH) is the highest forum in the Ministry of Human Resources where tripartite discussions are held about issues related to the direction, national policy and the implementation of occupational safety and health in Malaysia. NCOSH was formed by the Ministry of Human Resources in 1995 under Section 8 of the Occupational Safety and Health Act 1994 (Act 514), as a product of the Government continual efforts to make safe and healthy work practices as a part of Malaysian culture.

Furthermore, its purpose is to improve level of awareness of occupational safety and health and to ensure the safety of all workplaces in Malaysia. To become the prime mover in steering the nation through tripartism, forming a safe and healthy work culture as well as raising Malaysians' quality of life.

NCOSH carries out its functions by conducting discussions, studies and investigations, and subsequently presenting suggestions to the Ministry of Human Resources on matters related to Act 514 in particular the following matters:

 i.   Changes deemed appropriate for occupational safety and health legislation; 
 ii.   Administration and enforcement of occupational safety and health legislation; 
 iii.  Open communication between management and employees regarding workers safety, health and welfare; 
 iv.  Adequate control methods for industrial chemicals in the workplace; 
 v.  Work-related death and accident statistic analysis; 
 vi.  Issues dealing with the safety, health and welfare of woman, the handicapped and other groups in the community; 
 vii.  Encouraging the development and acceptance of an industrial codes of practice related to workers' safety, health and welfare; 
 viii. Development of rehabilitation plans and facilities to help those injured in the workplace

NCOSH established under provision of Occupational Safety and Health Act, 1994. The council shall consist of not less than twelve and not more than fifteen members who shall be appointed by the Minister, of whom:-
i. three (3) persons shall be from organizations representing employers
ii. three (3) persons shall be from organizations representing employees
iii. three (3) or more persons shall be from Ministries or Departments whose responsibility is related to occupational safety and health: and
iv. three (3) or more persons, of whom at least one shall be a woman, shall be from organizations or professional bodies the activities of whose members are related to occupational safety and health and who, in the opinion of the Minister, are able to contribute to the work of the Council
 
A persons being appointed to or being members of the Council if not:-
i. a person who has been found or is declare to be of unsound mind
ii. a bankrupt
iii. a person who has been convicted of any offence involving fraud, dishonesty or moral turpitude, or any offence relating to occupational safety and health under any law made there under
iv. a person who is otherwise unable or incapable of performing the function as a member of the council