Adherence to occupational safety and health management system requirement in working environment: a case study on a Higher Learning Institution of Malaysia
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An Occupational Safety Health Management System (OSH-MS) is a means to assist organizations to develop a favorable working environment at the workplace. The outcomes are legal compliance and in tandem improve Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) performance. Currently, there is a variety of OSH-MS in place, such as OHSAS 18001 (Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Series), BS EN ISO 14001 Environmental management system, BS 8800 British Standard Occupational Health and Safety management System, HSG65 - SuccessfUl Health And Safety Management and the International Labor Office ILO-OSH 2001 Guideline on Occupational Safety and Health Management System, which organizations can select and apply in their organizations. Conversely, the subsequent most important point in implementing OSH-MS in an organization is getting the system to be certified by a certification body. UniMAP adopt the MS 1722:2005 in managing its OSH at the workplace. In addition, UniMAP too work towards certification for the MS: 1722:2005 and OHSAS 18001:2007. Hence, UniMAP is the first University in Northern State of Peninsula Malaysia to be certified with the MS: 1722:2005 and OHSAS 18001:2007 in tandem by NIOSH Certification Sendirian Berhad. Consequently, this standard has enables UniMAP to manage its OSH Programs and thus improve performance. In this conference, the author's would like to propose to organizations (which have not done so) to implement the aforementioned OSH-MS due to the benefit inherent with it. UniMAP hopes to share its experience in getting the system to be certified by a certification body.