Occupational Safety Practices and Implementation in Primary Schools, Perak, Malaysia


Authors : Murugan Subramaniam; Dr. Mohd Rafee Bin Baharudin; Prof. Madya Dr. Anita Binti Abdul Rahman; Dr. Suhainizam Muhamad Saliluddin

Volume/Issue : Volume 7 - 2022, Issue 2 - February

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DOI : https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.6320051

This study was carried out to assess the implementation of occupational safety and practices at all the primary schools in LMS district, Perak, Malaysia. Materials and Methods: A cross sectional study was carried at 102 schools (91.9% responsed) out of 111 schools in LMS district. A self-administered questionnaires form was used to ask about the safety knowledge, practices and implementation in the school. Results: The data analysis shows that overall occupational safety programmes and implementation are considered shallow. Safety coordinators knowledge on occupational safety legislation (75.5%) were poor due to less courses attended (80.4%). Even though safety programmes only focus on fire safety drill but majority of the respondent did not know how to use the fire extinguisher (62.7%). Many schools did not have fire exit signage (86.4%). Besides that, 76.5% of schools did not have qualified first aider. Almost half of the schools did not have any personnel protective equipment for pupil’s usage. Conclusion: As a conclusion, implementation and practices of occupational safety in all the primary schools are still lacking and need to be improved.

Keywords : Occupational safety, safety practices, safety programmes, safety coordinators, primary schools.

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