The University of Queensland
St Lucia, Queensland | Australia
Main Specialties: Other
Additional Specialties: Occupational Health
Haroun is currently enrolled as PhD candidate at the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, The University of Queensland, Australia. He has completed his Master of Science in Occupational Safety and Health at Universiti Putra Malaysia. Haroun does research in Occupational Health, Health & Safety, Ergonomics and Quantitative Research. His current research interest is sedentary behaviour and work-related musculoskeletal discomforts among office workers. His PhD. project aims to develop a new approach to ensure the sustainability and use of sit-stand workstations in Australian workplaces.
Primary Affiliation: The University of Queensland - St Lucia, Queensland , Australia
Mal J Med Health Sci 14(SP1): 40-46
Malaysian Journal of Medicine and Health Sciences
Background: Quality of Work Life (QWL) is a subset of the quality of life which expresses the interactions between workers and their total working environment with individual or human dimension. Objectives: The objective of this study was to determine the prevalence of QWL among Malaysian workers. Methods: 2740 respondents (1921 males and 819 females) were randomly selected from 11 different industries from all states of Malaysia. Respondents were aged between 18 to more than 55 years and were a local OSH Personnel and local general workers. Face to face interviews were conducted in all the selected industries using a structured questionnaire form adapted from Malaysian OSH Profile 2016. Respondents have completed the questionnaire under instructions and supervision of the research team. Results: Majority of the respondents were male (70.1%) and from manufacturing industries (76.3%). 50% of the respondents identified a high level of QWL in each component like not having a stress with the work load (85.5%), good work environment (78.4%), family life (83.1% and 83.6%), enough income and distribution (58.9%), good communication and harmonies relationship between colleagues and boss (93.4% and 88.7%), good facilities (88.6%), welfare at work (71.3%) and productive working condition (80.8%). There is a significant difference between QWL and type of industries [F(10)=12.897, p=0.001] where agriculture industry had the highest QWL. There is significant difference between QWL and gender (p=0.009) where male reported higher QWL compared to female. Conclusion: These findings could be used by the organizations in order to enhance its performance, productivity, employees’ commitment and satisfaction.
Keywords: Quality of Work Life (QWL), Work environment, Safety and health, Malaysian industries
Ind Health 2018 Jun 2;56(3):264-273. Epub 2018 Feb 2.
Department of Environmental and Occupational Health, Faculty of Medicine and Health Science, University Putra Malaysia, Malaysia.
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Malaysian Journal of Medicine and Health Sciences
The Japanese Journal of Ergonomics, 53(Supplement2), S580-S583
The Japanese Journal of Ergonomics
Construction sector is one of the largest sectors in many parts of the world due to the various types of activities taking place onsite as well as the nature of construction work. This particular sector is also regarded as the most dangerous and hazardous workplace. Workers are constantly in contact with dangerous equipment and substances which often affect their health condition. Unsafe behavior of workers, such as human error or inappropriate operation is a major risk factor that occurs across construction projects, and leads to the occurrence of accidents or any related injuries. This study was conducted to investigate safety behavior and work-related injuries in construction projects. 323 construction workers from six different projects in Klang Valley participated in this study. Questionnaire was used to determine the occurrence, severity and causes of work-related injuries. On-site observation using checklist was performed to assess the workers’ safety behavior in the workplace. Workers were observed independently in the natural surroundings when carrying out their activities. Wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), housekeeping, access to heights, plant and equipment were measured as safe or unsafe based on the trades and the type of work performed by each worker. The results showed that 22.6% of the total participants experienced a work-related injury at least once in the last one year period. 17.8% of the work-related injuries were serious, 39.7% were moderate and 42.5% were minor. Falls from height recorded the highest cause of work-related injuries (31.5%) followed by lifting and handling (24.7%). The on-site observation recorded safe and unsafe behaviors from the workers; thus, the overall safety behavior (percent safe) was at 51.62%. The results revealed a significant association between wearing PPE and work-related injuries t(321)=7.65, p<0.001. Results showed that work-related injuries is significantly associated with handling and storing materials (2 =21.107, p<0.001), throw objects from heights (2 =11.719, 89, p<0.001), storage of tools and machinery (2 =8.027, p<0.001), use of ladders (2 =11.536, p<0.001) and insecure loads (2 =7.165, p=0.007). Safety behavior was the most significant influencing factor on work-related injuries in construction sites. Therefore, Behavior Based Safety (BBS) program is highly recommended to be implemented in construction projects in order to reduce the occurrence of accidents and work-related injuries in construction sector.
Keywords: Construction sector, construction workers, safety behavior, Behavior Based Safety, work-related injuries,
Asia Pacific Environmental and Occupational Health Journal, 2(2)
Asia Pacific Environmental and Occupational Health Journal