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OSH Programme

National OSH Award of Excellence

Organized annually by National Council for Occupational Safety and Health (NCOSH) and to promote OSH in the country. This is a special recognition to the organization representing 13 economic sectors and individual on their effort to promote and implement OSH at the workplace. Overall, Occupational Safety and Health Awards are divided into thirty-two (32) categories with twenty-nine (29) categories will be awarded to the organization and three (3) categories to the individuals.

National OSH Week

Every year around second week of July, NCOSH organizes a National Occupational Safety and Health Week in collaboration with MOHR, DOSH, NIOSH and other agencies as part of their campaigns in OSH promotion. This includes radio and TV talk show, dialogues and conferences at every state.

World OSH Day

NCOSH also organizes the World Occupational Safety and Health Day at the national level on 28th April annually. Other agencies such as DOSH and NIOSH also organize various seminars, dialogues, exhibitions and talks regarding OSH nationwide.

SME Compliance Support

SME Compliance Support is a special program to promote OSH on SMEs. This will help the SMEs to improve their OSH status. Activities are including and providing advice and assistance for them on compliance with OSH laws and regulations:

1. Door to door service – going to individual workplace/industry
2. Umbrella programme – going through the association and federation or Non-Government Organisation
3. Promotional van – a van which is converted and fitted with mobile exhibition facility to promote OSH at any workplace.

‘Mentor-mentee’ Program

This is a special program on which an organization with outstanding performance in OSH will voluntarily mentor other SMEs or their vendor to promote OSH under the supervision of DOSH.

OSHMP 15 (Occupational Safety and Health Master Plan 2015)

In line with the stability and strengthening Malaysia as a contributor to the regional economy and the world economic community, Malaysia is not spared from facing challenges in terms of working environment. Therefore, Malaysia should look forward to learn from more advanced foreign countries.

In particular of OSH's context, Malaysia can learn, adapt and implement OSH from foreign countries tandem with country's industry and economy growth. Therefore, OSH Master Plan has been established by taking into account all the possibilities that will happen.

Occupational Safety and Health - Master Plan 2015 was launched by the Prime Minister of Malaysia on May 2, 2009 with the main objective to develop a safe, healthy and productive human capital by adopting, promoting and maintaining a safe and healthy work culture at the workplace. The Master Plan was developed in accordance with government direction which each strategy is developed to support the foundations towards a National "High Income, Advance Technology" later in 2020.

OSHMP 2020 (Occupational Safety and Health Master Plan 2020)

The main strategy of OSHMP 2020 is the inculcation of a Preventive Culture at the workplace. This approach will follow through with the implementation and inculcation of the principle of responsibility and self-regulation carried out in the previous two plans in order to bolster the nurturing of a Safe and Healthy Work Culture among employers and workers.


• Enhanced awareness, responsibilities and commitment of employers and workers to OSH.
• Increased efficiency in OSH management founded on effective risk management.
• Possession of suffi¬cient OSH knowledge and experience among employers and workers.
• Increased worker involvement, cooperation and support in OSH activities.
• Improved quality of working life.
• Increased organisational productivity and national competitiveness


Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail launched the National Occupational Health and Safety (OSH) Policy on February 27, 2019. This national OSH Policy approved by Cabinet and signed by Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad on Jan 15, 2019. The new policy is part of the government’s Occupational Safety and Health Master Plan 2016-2020, which was formulated to revolutionise the way the country’s human resources are protected. The policy will apply sustainable risk management at all workplaces to ensure a high level of occupational health and safety among employers and employees, while simultaneously boosting their productivity and competitiveness.


 National OSH Policy Statement (English Version)

The Government of Malaysia, through National Council for Occupational Safety and Health (NCOSH) in collaboration with stakeholders specifically the employer and trade union organisations, has formulated and established the National Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Policy.

The main objective of the National OSH Policy is to increase the standard of occupational safety and health through sustainable risk management at the workplace in protecting employers and employees in Malaysia and at the same time, improving the productivity and competitiveness of the nation.

The Government of Malaysia recognises employees as the nation's most important asset by ensuring the basic safety and health rights of the employees are prioritised to create a safe, healthy and conducive working environment.

Therefore, the Government is committed to:

i. Enhancing the National OSH standard through various methods and approaches towards strengthening the Preventive Culture at workplace;
ii. Regulating and enforcing OSH legislations at workplace;
iii. Increase the involvement and cooperation between government agencies, employers, employees, industry unions and associations, stakeholders, and interest groups through the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health (NCOSH) as the nation's highest tripartite council to strengthen the management and governance of national OSH;
iv. Strengthening the institutional structure for the implementation of integrated OSH system at national level which includes policy setting, standard setting, national OSH inspectorate, and research and training institutions;
v. Preparing, reviewing, and updating the National OSH profile for a comprehensive overview and benchmarking purpose.
vi. Ensuring the employers provide safe and healthy systems of work and ensure welfare of their employees at work.
vii. Ensuring the employees to pay attention to the safety and health of themselves and others who may be affected by their actions during work.
viii. Ensuring the responsible parties that designing, manufacturing, importing, and supplying products, materials, and equipment for use at the workplace to guarantee that the supplied products are safe and without risk to health and have accurate and complete information.
ix. Collaborate and cooperate with other countries and International Organisations to tackle OSH issues.

This policy applies to all workplaces, employers and employees who are subjected to the Occupational Safety and Health Act 1994 (Act 514) and need to be reviewed periodically.


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