More workers in Johor becoming deaf: State OSH

MARY VICTORIA DASS

JOHOR BARU: Hearing problems among workers in Johor was identified as among the main health issues reported in the state. State Occupational Safety and Health Department director Saiful Azhar Mohd Said said about 60 to 70 per cent of the 700 occupational-related illness cases reported since early this year were linked to loss of hearing. He said it was caused by prolonged noise pollution at workplaces. “Other health issues included bodily injuries and Muscular Skeletal Disorder (MSD). “We are certain there were many cases that went unreported and hope that the affected employees would come forward so that we could carry out investigations and take appropriate actions. “We welcome medical sector including hospitals to also report such cases to the department,” he told a Press conference after launching the Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) campaign at KPJ Puteri Specialist Hospital here today. He said the department expected the number of occupational-related health cases to increase to about 780 in the last four months this year. Also present was KPJ Puteri Specialist Hospital chief executive officer Haliza Khalid. She said the campaign, held until March next year, aimed at improving knowledge and awareness among the hospital staff, as well as inculcating safe work habits when providing services to patients. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd