COVID-19: Is it an Environmental Health Issue?

23 Jun 2022 09:00 09:30
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COVID 19 – is it an environmental health issue?

 

Santhanamohan Nagesperam

Occupational Health Section, Department of Safety and Health KL/Putrajaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

 

Department of Occupational Safety & Health Malaysia (DOSH) acknowledges COVID as environmental issue and were more concern in prevention and control measures to be taken in workplaces. DOSH enforces on the Occupational Safety & Health Act 1994 (OSHA 1994) where COVID is identified as an Occupational Disease (exposure related) and assists employers on prevention mechanism to curb the disease. Occupational Safety & Health Master Plan (OSHMP) 2025 is established and DOSH main focus on the upcoming 5 years is specified. Occupational Diseases & Poisoning for year 2020 and the latest COVID statistics is presented as well. Thousands of workplaces related covid clusters were identified and noted to have serious difficultly in maintaining a good ventilation system to prevent the spread of COVID. DOSH together with Ministry of Health Malaysia (KKM) and National Security Council of Malaysia (MKN) has developed a simple guide to be followed at hospitals, clinics, covid assessments centers, all type of workplaces and residentials. Improvement of workplace Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) helps to reduce workplace transmission of COVID