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The proposed future infrastructure model for basic occupational health services in Malaysia

Samsuddin, Niza and Razali, Ailin and A.Rahman, Nor Azlina and Yusof, Muhammad Zubir and Nik Mahmood, Nik Ahmad Kamal and Abdullah Hair, Ahmad Fitri (2019) The proposed future infrastructure model for basic occupational health services in Malaysia. Malays J Med Sci, 26 (2). pp. 131-137. ISSN 1394-195X E-ISSN 2180-4303

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Abstract

The objectives of occupational health services (OHS) are to create a healthy and safe working environment, prevent work-related diseases, optimise employees’ functional capacity and promote health. According to the literature, global accessibility to OHS has not shown much improvement and even worsened in certain countries. The main challenges come from the small and medium enterprises (SMEs). To respond to these global challenges, the basic occupational health services (BOHS) guideline was published under the purview of the World Health Organization and the International Labour Organization. The guideline describes BOHS as part of the infrastructure called the occupational safety and health system, an essential element that ensures the high service coverage and sustainability of the programme. The BOHS guideline was introduced in Malaysia by the Department of Occupational Safety and Health with a focus on SMEs, but its accessibility is low. A gap analysis was conducted between the current BOHS in Malaysia and the published international guideline. The important challenges identified that contributes to the low BOHS accessibility in Malaysia is the weakness in the BOHS infrastructure and OHS system provision. The proposed BOHS infrastructure model is meant to increase accessibility and to provide fair and equitable health services for Malaysians.

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Additional Information: 3750/76342
Uncontrolled Keywords: Basic occupational health services; Occupational health Services, Small and medium enterprises; Infrastructure model
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Allied Health Sciences > Department of Basic Health Sciences (Until June 2011)
Kulliyyah of Medicine > Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
Depositing User: Dr Ailin Razali
Date Deposited: 18 Dec 2019 15:41
Last Modified: 24 Feb 2020 11:41
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/76342

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