More than 200 cases related to hearing loss, three cases of occupational skin diseases, one case of work related asthma and one case of occupational lung disease are recorded during the period of 2012 to 2016. Awang Haji Amer Hishamuddin bin Pehin Orang Kaya Amar Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Zakaria, Director General at the Public Works Department said that the International Labour Organisation, ILO, stated that death occurs every day as a result of occupational accidents or work-related diseases.

He added that more than 2 point 78 million deaths per year, out of which 50 percent casualties accounts for work-related diseases and the rest accounts for occupational injuries. Additionally, there are some 3 hundred and 74 million non-fatal work-related injuries and illnesses each year. Awang Haji Amer Hishamuddin said this matter at the Opening of the Occupational Health in Construction Industry Forum 2018, this morning.

Pengiran Doktor Mohd Khalifah bin Pengiran Haji Ismail, Director General of heath in his keynote address spoke about the current situation of occupational health in Brunei. Construction workers are at risk of developing musculoskeletal disorders, hearing loss, hand arm vibration disease, skin disease and various respiratory diseases. He also added that they are exposed to many hazards at work such as chemical and mechanical. The forum covers a wide range of topics from types of occupational health hazards, confined space health issues, hearing conservation and heat related disorders. About One hundred and fifty participants joined the forum mainly from the construction industry and exhibitors including the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Development as other companies from Brunei and Malaysia's National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health. Also present was Yang Berhormat Dayang Siti Rozaimeriyanty binti Dato Seri Laila Jasa Awang Haji Abdul Rahman, member of the Legislative Council. The event was held in conjunction with World Day for Safety and health at Work, held every 28th April by ILO.

Source: Radio Television Brunei