The Social Security Organization (SOCSO) is committed to continuing its efforts to raise awareness of Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) among employers and employees by delivering Financial Assistance Grants amounting to RM3.57 million to 37 institutions and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), this year.
SOCSO’s financial assistance is based on the scope and field of each institution and NGO to help SOCSO cultivate awareness on OSH, thereby reducing the accident rate in the country.
Deputy Minister of Human Resources, Datuk Haji Awang Bin Hashim presented the SOCSO Financial Assistance Grant to representatives of selected institutions and NGOs in the SOCSO Financial Assistance Grant Presentation Ceremony to Institutions and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) 2022, day this. Also present, SOCSO Chief Executive, Dato ‘Sri Dr. Mohammed Azman Bin Dato ‘Aziz Mohammed and the Director General of the Department of Occupational Safety and Health (JKKP), Ir. Zailee Bin Dollah.
In 2021, SOCSO received a total of 56,990 accident cases, of which 33,096 were industrial accidents and 23,894 were commuting accidents. This matter needs to be given attention because negligence and poor monitoring of OSH compliance in the workplace are the main factors that contribute to this accident case.
Accordingly, a total of 639 programs under the SOCSO Financial Assistance Grant have been planned in total for 2022, of which 333 of them are for the organization of seminars and courses while 217 programs are for a series of travel safety courses. SOCSO has also allocated a total of 89 programs for the purpose of OSH promotion.
The focus of prevention activities in 2022 is on prevention activities based on the Occupational Safety and Health Master Plan 2021-2025 (OSHMP25), where SOCSO will focus on Strategy 7 in OSHMP 25 which is to strengthen Occupational Road Safety Management (WRRS) and Strategy 5 to strengthen OSH Management in Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) by conducting Occupational Safety and Health Support Programs. In addition, SOCSO also emphasizes the element of strengthening self -practice in the workplace as outlined in Strategy 2 OSHMP25, specifically for foreign workers who are also SOCSO contributors.