Ergonomics Awareness

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Level of Organization Awareness on the Importance of Ergonomics to Health and Safety at the Workplace
Zafirah Ab Muin1 Dr. Maimunah Sapri2

Faculty of Geoinformation and Real Estate Universiti Teknologi Malaysia 81310 UTM Skudai, Johor, Malaysia 1 Email: zafirah.hjabmuin@gmail.com 2 Email: maimunahsapri@utm.my

Abstract In Malaysia, ergonomics has been introduced on December 1, 1992 through the establishment of ergonomics division in the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH); while its provision has been stated under Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) 1994. Although ergonomics has been carrying out by the government almost centuries ago, but it is not widely implemented and practiced in Malaysia. Besides, occupational disease consists of human organs tends to happens mainly due to lack of ergonomics awareness among the people at the workplace. Ergonomics awareness is the first step to implement ergonomics effectively. Without ergonomics awareness, effort to endorse ergonomics practice can be tough and lead to injuries and illness; and directly affects the workers’ productivity, performance and cost. Therefore, this study was attempted to identify the level of organization awareness on the ergonomics provision under OSHA 1994 and to evaluate the level of organization awareness on the importance of ergonomics to health and safety at the workplace in University Teknologi Malaysia (UTM). A quantitative and survey research design was used. 230 questionnaires was developed and distributed to obtain the data from the respondents at selected administrative office, which they are divided into two groups; management and support staff. The results of this study show that respondents having high level of awareness on the ergonomics provisions and the importance of ergonomics in terms of comfort, health, safety, productivity, costs, complaints…...

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