Occupational Safety and Health Management.
Noise pollution is a global occupational health concern with significant physiological and social consequences. Occupational noise at work can result in persistent and debilitating hearing loss. As a result, starting in 2019, the Malaysian Department of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH) will impose regulations for all firms to undertake Noise Monitoring and Noise Risk Assessment through the OSH Noise Exposure Regulations 2019. (NRA). The purpose of a Noise Risk Assessment Malaysia is to offer excessive noise data in the workplace and to enable businesses to identify employees who may be exposed to excessive noise so that their exposures may be assessed and a plan put in place to address the company’s concerns.
In Malaysia, the network of enterprises has their own NRA competency to do Noise Risk Assessments in the following areas:
- It conducts a noise risk assessment by conducting area noise monitoring and personal noise exposure monitoring with authorized instruments that meet the international electrotechnical commission’s standard (IEC).
- To compile, evaluate, and compare the results of the area noise monitoring and personal noise exposure monitoring with the noise exposure limit set out in the “Occupational Safety and Health (Noise Exposure) Regulations 2019.”
- To evaluate and research the effectiveness of the present workplace control methods.
- Engineering control, alternative or design or process, administrative control, personal hearing protection, and other noise reduction techniques should be recommended.
- Recommend appropriate programs to lower the risk of noise-induced hearing damage among employees.
The NRA Risk Assessor (NRA) performs noise exposure evaluations in the workplace, as required by the Occupational Safety and Health (Noise) Regulations 2019. A qualified person known as a Noise Risk Assessor must be appointed, employed, or hired by an employer to conduct a Noise Risk Assessment (NRA) in line with the Department’s criteria.
Within the valid registration period, the Noise Risk Assessor (NRA) must: Conduct Noise Risk Assessment (NRA) at the place of work as required by the Occupational Safety and Health (Noise Exposure) Regulations 2019.
- Ensure that the noise measurement equipment used for Noise Risk Assessment is appropriately calibrated (NRA)
- Before completing any noise risk assessment, notify the Director of the appropriate DOSH state at least 14 days in advance.
- Complete and submit a detailed report on the noise risk assessment to the employer within 30 days of the assessment’s accomplishment.
- Within 30 days after the assessment’s completion, provide the results and recommendations for noise reduction to the employer.
- Within 30 days following the completion of the Noise Risk Assessment (NRA), submit a summary report to the Director-General.
Occupational hearing loss, which includes traumatic acoustic injury and occupational noise-related hearing disorders (ONRHD), is described as a partial or total loss of hearing in one or both ears due to one’s job. Excessive noise exposure is the leading preventable cause of irreversible hearing loss globally. As a result, the Department of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH) has amended the noise exposure limit and imposed a more practical standard to control excessive noise exposure under the Occupational Safety and Health (Noise Exposure) Regulations 2019, which has been in effect since June 2019 and has replaced the Factories and Machinery (Noise Exposure) Regulations 1989.
The Department of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH), part of the Department of Labor, is responsible for saving lives, preventing injuries, and protecting employees’ health. On the construction site, just like in any other company, there are safety and health risks. DOSH Perak has policies and procedures to assist reduce incidents and safeguarding personnel.