Malaysia’s Human Resources Ministry has set up a task force to reduce occupational noise-related hearing disorders by 20 percent in four years.
Deputy Human Resources Minister, Datuk Awang Hashim said 3,055 such cases were reported to the ministry last year. “Of the 4,960 occupational disease cases we have received last year, about 61.5% were occupational noise-related. “We see this as a serious issue that needs to be addressed immediately. The enforcement task force was set up to manage the problem and will conduct checks on some 896 workplaces by April 2,” he told in Johor.
Datuk Awang noted that a total of 588 operations were conducted by the task force between March 22 and 30 with 497 notices issued. “We aim to reduce the number of cases by 20% in 2025 compared to the number last year,” he said.