To fulfill the partial requirement of this course, students are required
to apply their learning knowledge to conform (complied) to the Occupational Safety and Health law (OSHA 1994), the Factory and Machinery Act (F&M Act) and the implementation of the Occupational Safety and Health management system in accordance with OHSAS Standard 18001.
Case Study : Junaidi looked at the notes he had prepared for the meeting with the CEO and sighed. He had joined Syarikat Zumaju three months ago as Senior Safety Officer and had only today been called to attend a meeting with the top management to discuss safety issues. He had already reported to the Human Resource Manager, his superior, that there were some major problems with safety in the company. This was obvious from the fact that in the past year (prior to his appointment) there had been four major accidents on the factory floor. In the Chemical Laboratory, where research was carried out and chemicals used in the production process were stored, non-compliance with safe procedures was rife. Furthermore, he had looked everywhere for the Register of Chemicals used in the laboratory but could not find it. The day before meeting, he had chosen 10 photographs of the worst accidents as well as the condition of the laboratory to show the CEO. He also had typed out a list of 15 issues which proved that the company was not complying with the Occupational Safety and Health Act 199, including the failure to hold regular Safety Committee meetings (the last one had been more than 10 months ago), the ongoing refusal of several workers to wear the safety gloves they were provided with, and the chemicals stored in bottles sitting on the floor of the lab without any labels on them. He was very worried that he would be blamed for the situation. He knew that an inspection by the Department of Occupational Safety and Health was due in the next month and he expected that a very negative report would be made by the Department about safety in the company. Junaidi had also examined the health records of the production workers. It appeared to him that the number of days of medical leave taken by the workers was much higher compared to other companies he had worked in. He wondered whether this was caused by the poor ventilation in the factory where a number of different chemicals were used.
Answer the question based on the case study
1. Syarikat Zumaju does not comply with the Occupational Safety and Health in a number of ways. Identify them. What actions might the inspectors from the Department of Occupational Safety and Health take after noting the non-compliance?
2. Which steps would you recommend to overhaul the safety and health programmer in the company?
3. Based on this situation, explain why employers should be concerned about occupational safety and health issues.
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