Occupational Safety and Health Act

    Asia-Pacific

    Occupational Safety and Health Act

    The Occupational Safety and Health Act 1994 (‘the Act’) establishes general duties of employers and self-employed persons to ensure the health and safety of independent contractors, employees of independent contractors, and persons other than their employees. 

    Last Updated: July 30, 2019


  • Requirements

    Article 15 of the Act provides that every employer and every self-employed person has a duty to ensure, so far as is practicable, the safety, health and welfare at work of all his employees. Article 15(3) outlines that this duty extends to an independent contractor and the independent contractors’ employees in relation to matters over which the employer or self-employed person: 

    • has control; or 
    • would have had control but for any agreement between the employer or self-employed person and the independent contractor to the contrary.  

    Article 17 of the Act further stipulates that an employer or self-employed person must conduct his undertaking in such a manner as to ensure that other persons, not being his employees, who may be affected by his undertaking are not exposed to risks to their safety or health. In addition, the employer must provide them with the prescribed information on the aspects of his undertaking that might affect their safety or health. 

    Article 18 of the Act outlines that an employer who manages a place of work where: 

    • plants or substances are used; and 
    • that is made available to persons, not being his employees, as a place of work; 

    is required to take measures to ensure that the premises, all means of access thereto and egress therefrom, and any plant or substances provided for use there, is or are safe and without risks to health. 

    According to Article 19 of the Act, a person who contravenes the above provisions is guilty of an offense and shall, on conviction, be liable to: 

    • a fine of up to MYR 50,000 (approx. €10,820); 
    • imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years; or 
    • both of the above. 
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