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Legislative framework plays a significant role in ensuring the progress of safety

practices in any country. Without the governments initiatives, occupational
safety and health (OSH) will not become a national agenda. Laws and
regulations are not made for the sake of copying other countries. They are made
by the government to protect the people. In this case, the protection in place is for
the well-being of the workforce.

The law concerning safety and health is a combination of statute law and
common law. This section will explain statute law and common law as well as
the difference between the two.
2.1.1 Statute Law
Statute law is the written law of a country consisting of Acts of Parliament,
regulations and orders made within the parameters of a relevant subject in focus.
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4. Differentiate between the role of authority and the role of industry.
3. Describe the fundamental concepts of OSH legislation; and
2. Connect the law with safety objectives;
1. Explain how legislations are enacted;
By the end of this topic, you should be able to:
These Acts usually set out a framework of principles in the areas or issues

In order to achieve the objectives, Acts are supported by regulations and orders.
Regulations and orders are not necessarily written at the time the Acts were
introduced. They are sometimes added in after the Acts are established to
accommodate new requirements.
2.1.2 Common Law
Common law has evolved over the years as a result of decisions by courts and
judges. The sector of common law related to OSH issues is known as tort of
negligence. Some literature refers to it as Law of Tort. A tort is defined as a type
of civil offence. This is where the common principles fill the gap if and when a
statute law does not supply any specific requirements.

For instance, the relationship between an employer and the employees is a
special application of common law principles. Employers are responsible for the
well-being of their workers in their working environment. Employers are also
liable for the actions of their employees that cause injury, death or damage to
others. This form of liability of the employer is known as vicarious liability.
2.1.3 Differences between Statute Law and Common
There are two essential differences between statute law and common law. They
There is a penalty provided for a breach of a statute law regardless whether
damage or loss has occurred or not; and
By common law, actions are decided only if there is damage or loss.

2.2.1 Industry Codes of Practice (ICOP)
An ICOP supports Acts and regulations which are in place and also serves as a
guideline on the general requirements set out in the legislation. Through its
application, ICOP enables legislation to be kept up to date by revising the ICOP
rather than the law. ICOP can be used in proceedings.

2.2.2 Guidelines
Guidelines are documents that present opinions on good practice. One may
apply what is suggested in the guide in his/her workplace. Guidelines have no
legal force. However, because they are developed based on industrial experience,
they are persuasive in practice to the lower courts and in civil cases to establish
reasonable safety standards (Holt, 2006).

Locally, the Department of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH) is a good
source for published ICOPs and Guidelines.

2.3.1 Acts and Regulations: Basic Knowledge
The Act Upon Parliaments Approval and Kings consent.
The Regulation Upon Relevant Ministries Approval
2.3.2 Main Legislative References
There are two main references involving OSH in Malaysia:
(i) Occupational Safety and Health Act 1994, Act 514. (OSHA 1994)
(ii) Factories and Machinery Act 1967, Act 139. (FMA 1967)

Apart from these two Acts, there are also other applicable or related Acts on
construction and plant safety, namely:
(i) Explosive Act 1957.
(ii) Social Security Act 1969.
(iii) Environmental Quality Act 1974.
(iv) Street Drainage and Building Act 1974.
(v) Destruction Disease Bearing Insect Act 1975.
(vi) Town and Country Planning Act 1976.
(vii) Uniform Building By-Laws 1984.
(viii) Fire Service Act 1988.
(ix) Electrical Supply Act 1990.
(x) Construction Industrial Development Board (CIDB) Act 1994.
(xi) Waters Act 1920.
(xii) Forestry Act 1984.
(xiii) Other Acts which may depend on actual activities or location.

Once a safety regulation is enforced, it means statutory obligation for those
involved. Clauses with the word shall are indication that the particular items
are absolute duty, also known as strict liability.

Some of the clauses are straightforward, directly focusing on behaviour
compliance or physical compliance as in the following examples:
It shall be the duty of every employee while at work to wear or use at all
times personal protective equipment (PPE). (Part VI, Section 24(c), OSHA
Every stairway opening except at the entrance thereto shall be fenced on
every exposed side by guard rails and toe-boards. (Reg8 (2), FM (Safety
Health & Welfare) Regulations 1970.)

However, not all situations can have clear cut instructions like the examples
given as designs and work processes are becoming more complex. However, the
constant focus or primary objective in any working environment should always
be safety first.

Consequently, a question may be posed, To what extent are safety practices or
control measures required? This question is raised due to the wide range of
activities plus varied scenarios in the construction industry. Imagine and blend
all these together: time constraints, space constraints, fancy designs, different
works at the same time, different works at the same area, works over water and
so on. These are all elements in a construction industry that affect the safety and
well-being of workers.

Responding to the above question, Part IV, Section 15(1) of OSHA 1994 clarifies:
It shall be the duty of every employer and every self-employed
person to ensure, so far as is practicable, the safety, health and
welfare at work of all his employees.

OSHA 1994 further elaborates so far as is practicable with these considerations:
The severity of the hazard or risk in question;
The state of knowledge about the hazard or risk and any way of removing or
mitigating the hazard or risk;
The availability and suitability of ways to remove or mitigate the hazard or
risk; and
The cost of removing or mitigating the hazard or risk.

Explore DOSHs website where you can find Codes of Practice and
Guidelines and other useful information. You can also download
standard forms used in dealing with DOSH. Share your findings with
your classmates.
1. What is vicarious liability?
2. What are the differences between statute lawand common
3. So far as is practicable is typified with certain conditions. What
are these conditions we need to consider?

In order to understand the requirements by legislation, you must first
understand these expressions:
So far as is reasonably practicable
So far as is practicable

In Great Britain, Health and Safety Executive (HSE), an independent regulator
which acts in the public interest to reduce work-related death and serious injury
across Great Britains workplaces, proposes that both expressions are not defined
in the United Kingdoms Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, but they have
required meanings through many interpretations by the courts (HSE, 1997).
2.4.1 So Far as is Reasonably Practicable
To carry out a duty so far as is reasonably practicable means that the degree of
risk can be balanced against the time, trouble, costs and physical difficulty of
taking the measures to counter the risks (Health and Safety Guidance 65
(HSG65), n.d.).
2.4.2 So Far as is Practicable
To carry out a duty so far as is practicable without the word reasonably,
refers to a stricter standard compared with reasonably practicable. So far as is
practicable generally embraces whatever is technically possible. Also taken into
consideration is the current knowledge which the person concerned has, or ought
to have had at that particular time. In the so far as is practicable case, the
trouble, time and costs are not to be taken into account as considerations (HSG
65, n.d.).

If we study the above view, HSG65s interpretation of so far as is practicable is
strict where the cost and other factors are immaterial.

Thus, if we compare HSG65s views with OSHA 1994, we may assume that
OSHA 1994 is a bit more flexible. It operates between the range of reasonably
practicable to practicable. This is because in OSHA 1994, so far as is
practicable also regards the costs involved. It allows employers to conduct a cost
benefit analysis. (Rozanah, 2005).

From the legal perspective, the final decision is for the court to decide whether
actions taken by an employer achieved so far as is practicable or not.

The existing laws governing plant and construction safety as well as occupational
safety and health (OSH) were not created overnight. Hopefully, by going
through the history of the development of OSHA 1994 and FMA 1967, you will
gain a better appreciation of the legislation governing plant and construction


2.5.1 Development of Local OSH Legislation
The Factories and Machinery Act 1967 (FMA 1967) was enacted in 1967. Since the
Act was enacted in the late 1960s, FMA 1967 might seem to be the earliest Act
concerning OSH in Malaysia. As a result, some might mistakenly think that OSH
legislations in Malaysia were only practiced or introduced in the late 1960s.

This assumption is incorrect. In reference to past records, FMA 1967 has its origin
from as early as 1876. Today, FMA 1967 is closely connected with the
construction industry. One of the important references for construction found in
FMA 1967 is known as Building Operations and Works of Engineering
Construction Safety Regulations 1986 or in short, BOWEC.

Beginning as a simple rule to regulate the use of steam boilers, FMA 1967
evolved into a more comprehensive legislation to cater to the complex OSH
problems prevailing today (Rozanah, 2009). The following is a chronology of the
earlier legislations that evolved into FMA 1967:
Steam Boilers Ordinance 1876 (Straits Settlements)
Steam Boilers Ordinance 1887 (Straits Settlements)
Machinery Ordinance 1921 (Straits Settlements)
Selangor Steam Boilers (Ashore) Inspection Regulations 1893 (Federated
Malay States)
Selangor Boilers Enactment 1898 (Federated Malay States)
Steam Boilers Enactments of the states of Selangor, Perak, Negeri Sembilan
and Pahang 1908 (Federated Malay States)
Machinery Enactment 1913 (Federated Malay States)
Machinery Enactment 1927 (Federated Malay States)
Machinery Enactment 1932 (Federated Malay States)
Machinery Ordinance 1953 (Federation of Malaya)
Factories and Machinery Act 1967 (Malaysia)
Occupational Safety and Health Act. 1994 (Malaysia )
Factories and Machinery Act (Amendment) 2006 (Malaysia)

There are also records of the first oil well discovered in 1910 in Miri, Sarawak. Later
in 1914, a refinery plant was built (M. Sha, 1996). There were also records regarding
the management of health and safety of workers involved in these operations.
From the evolution in the legislation concerning OSH, we can safely say that
occupational safety and health is not a new concern in Malaysia and the
legislations on OSH in Malaysia are developed, enacted and amended from time
to time to ensure that they keep up with the changes in the industry.
2.5.2 Occupational Safety and Health Act 1994
(OSHA 1994)
Those who produced hazards are those responsible to manage hazards.

OSHA 1994 adopts the Self Regulations Concept. However, it is important not
to confuse self regulations with self-styled approaches in managing hazard.

Self-regulation provides freedom for the employers to plan and decide on how
to manage their hazards. Self-regulating practices may exceed or operate within
the scope of Acts requirements. In order to achieve the end objective,
consultation and workers involvement are also part of OSHA 1994s philosophy.

The OSHA 1994 principle legislations are supported by rules, regulations and
orders. Generally, it is not necessary for the supporting regulations to be created
in the enactment year itself. Therefore in OSHA 1994, you will find rules,
regulations or orders with the indication of the year it was established.

The term OSHA mother act is another name for OSHA 1994, specifically in its
basic form. OSHA 1994 grew up and gave birth to other related items such
as rules, regulations, orders or even schedules. As mentioned earlier, only
ministries approval are needed for all follow-up or new regulations.
2.5.3 Objectives of OSHA 1994
The objectives of OSHA 1994 (Act 514) are:
To secure the safety, health and welfare of persons at work;
To protect others against risks to safety and health in connection with the
activities of persons at work;
To promote occupational environment adaptable to the persons physiological
and psychological needs; and
To provide the means towards a legislative system based on regulations and
industry codes of practice in combination with the provisions of the Act.

2.5.4 Arrangement of OSHA 1994
This section shows the structure of OSHA 1994. OSHA 1994 is arranged in the
following sequence:
Part I Preliminary
Part II Appointment of Officers
Part III National Council for Occupational Safety and Health
Part IV Duties of Employers and Self Employed Persons
Part V General Duties of Designers, Manufacturers and Suppliers
Part VI General Duties of Employees
Part VII Safety and Health Organisations
Part VIII Notification of Accidents, Dangerous Occurrence, Occupational
Poisoning and Occupational Diseases, and Inquiry
Part IX Prohibition Against Use of Plant or Substance
Part X Industry Code of Practice
Part XI Enforcement and Investigation
Part XII Liability for Offences
Part XIII Appeals
Part XIV Regulations
Part XV Miscellaneous
2.5.5 Regulations and Orders Under OSHA 1994
As mentioned earlier, OSHA 1994 is also known as the OSHA mother act. This
mother act has given birth to the following regulations and order:
1996 Control of Industrial Major Accident Hazards Regulations 1996;
1996 Safety and Health Committee Regulations 1996;
1997 Classification, Packaging and Labelling of Hazardous Chemicals
Regulations 1997;
1997 Safety and Health Officer Regulations 1997;
1997 Safety and Health Officer Order 1997;
1999 Prohibition of Use of Substance Order 1999;
2000 Use and Standards of Exposure of Chemicals Hazardous to Health
Regulations 2000; and
2004 Notification of Accident, Dangerous Occurrence, Occupational
Poisoning and Occupational Disease Regulations 2004.
2.5.6 Factories and Machinery Act 1967 (FMA 1967)
In Malaysia, prior to OSHA 1994 enactment, FMA 1967 was the sole OSH
legislative reference pertaining to industries activities. However, FMA 1967 was
not comprehensive enough to cover all industries and was quite descriptive and
rigid in some way. Not all technical details in FMA 1967 were applicable to all
situations. Eventually, OSHA 1994 was enacted as the specific legislation to
govern safety and health of all employees at all workplaces (Rozanah, 2009).
2.5.7 Objectives of FMA 1967
The objectives of FMA 1967 (Act 139) are: To provide for the control of factories
with respect to:
matters relating to the safety, health and welfare of persons therein;
the registration and inspection of machinery; and
matters connected therewith.
2.5.8 Arrangements of FMA 1967
This section shows the structure of FMA 1967. FMA 1967 is arranged in the
following sequence:
Part I Preliminary
Part II Safety, Health and Welfare
Part III Persons in Charge and Certificate of Competency
Part IV Notification of Accident, Dangerous Occurrence and Dangerous
Part V Notice of Occupation of a Factory, and Registration and Use of
Part VI General

2.5.9 Regulations Under FMA 1967
There are fifteen regulations under FMA 1967. They are:
(i) Steam Boiler and Unfired Pressure Vessel, Regulations 1970.
(ii) Electric Passenger and Goods Lift, Regulations 1970.
(iii) Fencing of Machinery and Safety, Regulations 1970.
(iv) Persons-In-Charge, Regulations 1970.
(v) Safety, Health and Welfare, Regulations 1970.
(vi) Administration, Regulations 1970.
(vii) Certificates of Competency-Examinations, Regulations 1970.
(viii) Notification, Certificate of Fitness and Inspection, Regulation 1970.
(ix) Compoundable Offences, Regulations 1978.
(x) Compounding and Offence, Rules 1980.
(xi) Lead, Regulations 1984.
(xii) Asbestos Process, Regulations 1986.
(xiii) Building Operations and Works of Engineering Construction (Safety),
Regulations 1986.
(xiv) Noise Exposure, Regulations 1989.
(xv) Mineral Dust, Regulations 1989.

In 2006, FMA 1967 was amended. The new changes included those related to the
definition of factory, regarding licensed person, certificate of fitness, revised
fees, notification of accident and a few others. Penalties and imprisonment terms
were also increased. In this amendment, the maximum penalty that can be
imposed stands at RM250,000 and maximum imprisonment term of up to five
years. The amendment involves 30 provisions including the introduction of new
provisions into the FMA 2006 (Rozanah, 2009).

However, even with these changes, the core contents and structure of FMA 1967
generally remain as their original form.


FMA 1967 was first enacted in 1967. Then in 1994, OSHA 1994 was
enacted. The general rule is, for any same issue referred, OSHA 1994
supercedes FMA 1967. The reason is the latest legislation supercedes
the previous.
Now with the presence of FMA 1967 Amendments 2006, is there any
possibility of FMA superceeding OSHA? Discuss.

1. What is reasonably practicable?
2. List OSHA 1994 objectives.
3. List FMA 1967 objectives.
Practical compliance may range from behaviours and documentations to physical
compliances. The complete discussion on practical compliance covers many
different aspects. However, in this subtopic, we will only discuss aspects that are
considered as most appropriate. Some explanations are also summarised
accordingly for easier memory retention. Thus, for an in-depth elaboration on the
subject of practical compliance, you are strongly advised to refer directly to
OSHA 1994, FMA 1967 or other sources discussing legislative issues in-depth.
2.6.1 Duties of Employer and Self-Employed Persons
For a clearer view on the duties of employers towards their employees, you can
refer to Section 15 OSHA 1994 while Section 17 explains employers duties
towards those other than their employees.

The duties include to:
Provide and maintain safe plant and system of work;
Make arrangements for safe use, operation, handling, storage and
transportation of plant and substances;

Provide instruction, information, training and supervision;
Provide and maintain safe place of work and means of access to and egress
from any place of work;
Provide and maintain safe and healthy working environment and adequate
welfare facilities; and
Provide safety and health protection and also relevant information as
necessary to other persons, not being their employees.

A maximum penalty of RM50,000 or 2 years imprisonment or both can be
imposed for non-compliance.
2.6.2 Duties of an Occupier of a Place of Work
According to Section 18 OSHA 1994, the duties of an occupier of a place or work are
Provide safe access and egress
Ensure safe use of plant and substance
Include public safety Regulations 39(1), FMA (Safety, Health and Welfare)
Regulations 1970.

A maximum penalty of RM50,000 or 2 years imprisonment or both can be
imposed for non-compliance.
2.6.3 Duties of Employees
According to Section 24 OSHA 1994, the duties of employees are to:
Cooperate with employers.
Practise reasonable care for safety and health on himself and others.
Wear and use personal protective equipment (PPE).
Comply with instruction on OSH.

A maximum penalty of RM1,000 or 3 months imprisonment or both can be
imposed for non-compliance.

Note: Employers are not allowed to employ persons less than 16 years old. For
more information on young persons, you can refer to Section 28, Pt. III FMA
1967 and Section 28(c), Pt. VII OSHA 1994.
2.6.4 Duties of Designers, Manufacturers and
According to Section 21 OSHA 1994, the duties of designers, manufacturers and
suppliers are to:
(a) Ensure substance is safe and without risks to health when properly used;
(b) Carry out or arrange for the carrying out of such testing and examination as
may be necessary for the performance of the duty imposed on him by (a);
(c) Provide adequate information.

A maximum penalty of RM20,000 or 2 years imprisonment or both can be
imposed for non-compliance.
2.6.5 Formulation of Safety and Health Policy
(Section 16 OSHA 1994)
(subject to condition: if 5 or more employees)

A maximum penalty of RM50,000 or 2 years imprisonment or both can be
imposed for non-compliance.
2.6.6 Establishment of Safety and Health Committee
(Section 30 OSHA 1994)
(subject to condition: if 40 or more persons employed)

A maximum penalty of RM5,000 or 6 months imprisonment or both can be
imposed for non-compliance.
2.6.7 Appointment of Safety and Health Officer
(Section 29 OSHA 1994)
(subject to condition: if project cost is more than RM20 million)

A maximum penalty of RM5,000 or 6 months imprisonment or both can be
imposed for non-compliance.

2.6.8 Notification of Accident, Dangerous Occurrence,
Occupation Poisoning and Occupational Disease
(NADOPOD) (Section 32 OSHA 1994)
(For cases as specified in the NADOPOD Regulations, please refer to First
Schedule-Serious Bodily Injury; Second Schedule-Dangerous Occurrence and
Third Schedule-Occupational Poisoning and Disease.

Also refer to FMA Pt IV, Sect. 31. And, FMAs First Schedule-Dangerous
Occurrence, Second Schedule-Serious Bodily Injury and Third Schedule-
Industrial Disease)

A maximum penalty of RM10,000 or 1 year imprisonment or both can be
imposed for non-compliance.
2.6.9 Cooperation to Investigation/Inspection Officers
(Section 47 OSHA 1994: Offences in Relation to
Owner or occupier or employer of any place of work need to provide assistance
for any:

A maximum penalty of RM10,000 or 1 year imprisonment or both can be
imposed for non-compliance.
2.6.10 Regarding Improvement Notice and Prohibition
Notice (Section 48 OSHA 1994)
In practice, enforcement authority usually issues NOI (Notice of Improvement)
or NOP (Notice of Prohibition) for any non-compliance found at the site. Once an
NOI or NOP is issued, the employer is expected to take necessary corrective
actions within a stipulated period. Sometimes, an NOP is also referred to as a
Stop Work Order:

Penalty for failure to comply with notice: Maximum RM50,000 or maximum 5
years imprisonment or both and RM500 per day for continuous offence.
2.6.11 General Penalty
In the examples above, there are specific requirements with specific penalties
mentioned. However, not all offences can be pointed out in detail.

What if one is found guilty for an offence, but there is no specific penalty
provision for it?

The answer is General Penalty (Part XII Section 51, OSHA 1994).

Fine not exceeding RM10,000 or imprisonment not exceeding 1 year or both and
fine of RM1,000 per day for continuing offence.

What does this mean? It means any unsafe practice is always an offence,
with the possibility of conviction. In conclusion, all safe practices are practical

As mentioned earlier, enforcement officers may issue improvement notice or stop
work order for any non-compliance discovered. That is only a small part of the
enforcement authority.


Below are Sections from OSHA 1994 relating to the power of enforcement

Table 2.1: Power of Enforcement Officers According to OSHA 1994
Section in OSHA Enforcement Authority
Section 34 Regarding power of officer at inquiry. The officer can be vested
with powers of First Class Magistrate.
Section 35 Regarding power to prohibit the use of plant or substance
Section 39 Regarding power of entry, inspection, examination, seizure, etc.
Section 40 Regarding entry into premises with search warrant and power of
Section 41 Regarding entry into premise without search warrant and power
of seizure.
Section 42 Regarding power of forceful entry.
Section 44 Regarding power of investigation.
Section 45 Regarding power to examine witness.
Section 48 Regarding NOI and NOP.
Section 48 to Section
Regarding prosecutions.

Summarising the above, the officers can:
Gain access without warrant to a workplace at any time.
Employ the police to assist in the execution of the duty.
Bring in equipment or materials into the premise to assist investigations.
Carry out necessary examinations and investigations.
Direct that location remain undisturbed for as long as is seen fit.
Take measurements, photographs and samples.
Order the removal and testing of equipment.
Take articles or equipment out for further testing.
Take statements, records and documents.
Require other facilities or assistance which may be needed (Holt, 2006).
2.7.1 Occupational Safety and Health Officer versus.
Safety and Health Officer (SHO)
Enforcement Officers are DOSH personnel who are appointed under Section 5(2)
OSHA 1994. They are Occupational Safety and Health Officer/s, and are
referred to as officer in the Act. This officer interpretation includes the
Director General, Deputy Directors General, Directors, Deputy Directors and
Assistant Directors of DOSH.

Meanwhile Safety and Health Officer/s are those who are appointed in
relation with Section 29 and Section 66(2) (t) OSHA 1994 and they are hired by

To distinguish between these two officers, remember that one is an
occupational officer while the other is not.
2.7.2 Safety and Health Officer
As mentioned above, SHOs are hired by industries. There is a special clause
about the hiring or employing of a Safety and Health Officer.
In Section 29(3) it states that:

The safety and health officer shall be employed exclusively for the purpose of
ensuring the due observance at the place of work of the provisions of this Act
and any regulation made thereunder and the promotion of a safe conduct of
work at the place of work.

In accordance with Section 18, SHO Regulations 1997, the job specifications of an
SHO as outlined in the Act are:
Advise the employer or any person in charge, regarding safety and health.
Safety and health inspections of the place of work including equipment,
process, substance and others which may affect the safety and health of
Investigate any incident.
Assist the employer or Safety and Health Committee regarding OSH.
As Secretary of Safety and Health Committee (SHC).
Assist SHC in any safety inspection, effectiveness and efficacy of safety
measures taken in compliance with the Act.

To collect, analyse and maintain safety statistics on accident, dangerous
occurrence, occupational poisoning and occupational disease occurring at the
Assist any officer in carrying out his/her duty under the Act or in the
regulations under the Act.
To carry out other instructions made by employer on any matters pertaining
to safety and health.

Studying the mother act is helpful in understanding the birth of subsequent
regulations. This applies to both OSHA 1994 and FMA 1967.

In the FMA mother act, there are three important components which were later
supported by their respective regulations.

They are:
Safety, Health and Welfare (SHW) in Part II.
Persons in Charge and Certificate of Competency in Part III.
Notice of Occupation of Factory, and Registration and Use of Machinery in
Part V.

2.8.1 Safety, Health and Welfare
Among the issues mentioned in SHW are:
Safety of workers regarding physical hazards due to unsafe condition
Safety of workers regarding hazards due to machine or equipment (i.e.
machinery as a potential root cause or latent cause of an accident)
Fire hazard
Health issues and even an ergonomic issue (please refer to Section 12)
PPE , welfare and facilities issues
Persons Certificate of Fitness/Competency of employee (please refer to
Section 19).
2.8.2 Persons in Charge and Competency
This section concerns the credibility of persons allowed to carry out certain
responsibilities and tasks. It focuses on the competency and certification of a
person and also prohibits certain machines to be operated without certificated
staff (as in Section 29).
2.8.3 Notification of Occupation of Factory, and
Registration and Use of Machinery
This section is about matters pertaining to procedures prior to any industrial
operation. Those who are involved are required to fulfil and adhere with all
stipulated requirements before they are allowed to begin operations.

There are several administrative procedures that has to be followed when
dealing with OSH authorities. The following subtopic highlights the procedures
as well as documentation required for the related activities.
2.9.1 Application Procedures: DOSH Forms
The following are the related DOSH forms and its function:
JKJ 101 Notice of first occupation or use of any premise as factory under
Section 34(2) (a) FMA.
JKJ 102 Notice in respect of taking over of a factory under Section 34(2) (b)
JKJ 103 Notification of Building Operations and Works of Engineering
Construction under Section 35(1) FMA.
JKJ 105 Application for permission to install machinery under Section 36(1)
FMA and issue Certificate of Fitness in respect of steamboiler, unfired
pressure vessel or hoisting machine, not hoisting machine driven by manual
JKJ 106 Notice of first use of machinery other than the machinery for which
a Certificate of Fitness is prescribed as required under Section 36(3) FMA.


Note: For JKJ 103, there is no need to submit notification if operation is less than
6 weeks and no machinery is used (Section 35(2) FMA). And the term
machinery is as defined in FMA.
2.9.2 NADOPOD Procedures: DOSH Forms
The following are the related DOSH forms related to NADOPOD procedures and
its function:
JKKP 6 Notification of Accident/Dangerous Occurrence
JKKP 7 Notification of Occupational Poisoning/ Occupational Disease
JKKP 8 Register of Accident, Dangerous Occurrence, Occupational
Poisoning and Occupational Disease
JKKP 9 Notification of Accident/Dangerous Occurrence: Data and
JKKP 10 Notification of Occupational Poisoning/Occupational Disease:
Data and Description
2.9.3 CIDB Greencard Compliance
In accordance with 2001 CIDB Circular 1/2001, all personnel working at the
construction site need to possess the Greencard. Without a Greencard, one is not
allowed to work at a construction site. A Greencard is to indicate a person has
attended a specially designed Safety and Health course for the constructions
environment. In this Greencard system, CIDB categorised Construction
Personnel as:
General Worker
Semi-Skilled Worker
Skilled Worker
Supervisor, Clerk of Work, Site Agent or equivalent
Site Manager, Site Engineer or equivalent
Quality Assurance, and
Any other categories classified by CIDB from time to time.

The official title for this regulation is the Factories and Machinery (Building
Operations and Works of Engineering Construction) (Safety) Regulations, 1986.
It is commonly referred to as BOWEC.

BOWEC Regulations are quite comprehensive as they cover almost every activity
or item you can find in a constructions environment. Therefore, not all
requirements are covered here. Below is only the overview, and selected and
condensed information. Some relevant and important issues will be discussed in
the next topic.
2.10.1 Arrangement of Regulations
Part I Preliminary

Part II General Provisions
Among the provisions are:
Physical hazards including drowning;
Tool and electrical hazards;
Health hazards;
Safe walkways;
Waste Disposal;
Safety Personnel; and
Safety Committee.

Part III Concrete Work
Among the provisions are:
Professional Engineer (P.E.) designed formwork and reshores;
Inspections of formworks; and
Formwork stripping.


Part IV Structural Steel and Precast Concrete Assembly
Among the provisions are:
Instructions on safe methodology;
Taglines; and
Temporary flooring.

Part V Cleaning, Repairing and Maintenance of Roof, Gutters, Windows,
Louvres and Ventilators
Among the provisions are:
Work on steep roof;
Roofing brackets; and
Crawling board dimensions.

Part VI Catch Platforms
Among the provisions are:
P.E. Designed;
Dimensions and minimum load capacity; and
Details to conform with Code of Practice for Building Operation Code

Part VII Chutes, Safety Belts and Nets
Among the provisions are:
Provision on construction of chute. (If more than 12 metres, need P.E.
Life lines and safety belts; and
Storage and inspections.

Part VIII Runways and Ramps
The provisions are mainly regarding dimensions according to users. (i.e. vehicles,
employees or wheel-barrow)

Part IX Ladders and Step-Ladders
Among the provisions are regarding secured footing and handhold.

Part X Scaffolds
Among the provisions are:
P.E. Design for metal tube scaffold exceeding 40 metres
P.E. Design for other scaffold exceeding 15 metres
Inspections by a competent person
Supported by building
Working platform safety
Construction of tubular scaffold

Part XI Demolition
A very important requirement is that during demolition, continuing inspections
by a designated person as the work progresses to detect any hazard due to
weakened floors or walls or loosed materials.

Part XII Excavation Work
A very important requirement is that excavation site and its vicinity shall be
checked by a designated person after every rainstorm or other hazard-increasing

Part XIII Material Handling and Storage, Use and Disposal
The provisions are mainly regarding safe method, requirement and dimensions.

Part XIV Piling
One of the requirements is daily inspection by a designated person before start of

Part XV Blasting and Use of Explosives
Among the provisions are:
Designated person
Safe handling of explosives
Audible warning before blasting

Part XVI Hand and Power Tools
Regarding various tools s such as Electric/Pneumatic/Fuel/Hydraulic-powered
tools, hand tools and power-actuated tools.



As far as legislation is concerned, all regulations are important. But
why did we not discuss CIMAH Regulations 1996 (Control of
Industrial Major Accident Hazards) in this module? Think about it.

Statutory duty is a must-do duty.
So far as is practicable is whatever is technically possible.
All safe practices are practical compliance.
Mother act gives the concept and directions, regulations give details.
BOWEC is an important reference for construction activities.

Absolute duty
Acts and Regulations
Mother act


1. List the duties of an employer.
2. List three powers of Enforcement Officers.
3. List three duties of an SHO.
4. Explain briefly the development of local OSH legislation.
5. Describe the Self Regulation Concept in OSHA 1994.
6. Explain the duties of employees in Section 24, OSHA 1994.
7. Explain briefly the difference between Occupational Safety and Health
Officer AND Safety and Health Officer (SHO).
8. List five (5) categorised Construction Personnel as in the CIDB Green
Card Circular 1/2001.

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OSHA 1994
Rozanah, A.R., (2005). Duty to Provide Safety and Health Precautions at Work
So Far As Is Practicable: To What Extent This Limitation Exonerates The
Employer From Strict Liability Offences Under The OSH Legislation? Master
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