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Industry Code Of Practice On Indoor Air Quality 2010

INDUSTRY CODE OF PRACTICE ON
INDOOR AIR QUALITY
2010

DEPARTMENT OF OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH
MINISTRY OF HUMAN RESOURCES, MALAYSIA
JKKP DP(S) 127/379/4-39

Jabatan Keselamatan Dan Kesihatan Pekerjaan (JKKP)

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Industry Code Of Practice On Indoor Air Quality 2010

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Jabatan Keselamatan Dan Kesihatan Pekerjaan (JKKP)

Industry Code Of Practice On Indoor Air Quality 2010

PREFACE

This Industry Code of Practice is known as the Industry Code of Practice on Indoor Air Quality 2010 approved by the Minister on 30 August 2010 and will replace the Code of Practice on Indoor Air Quality launched by the Minister on July 2005.

Good indoor air quality (IAQ) is required for a healthy indoor work environment. Poor indoor air quality can cause a variety of short-term and long-term health problems. Health problems commonly associated with poor IAQ include allergic reactions, respiratory problems, eye irritation, sinusitis, bronchitis and pneumonia. IAQ problems occur in buildings that are served by a mechanical ventilating and air conditioning (MVAC) system including air-cooled split unit. IAQ problems can be due to indoor air pollutants or to inadequate ventilation.

There are many sources of indoor air pollutants and among the common ones are environmental tobacco smoke (ETS) emitted due to burning of tobacco products; various chemical substances such as formaldehyde emitted from furnishings; volatile organic compounds emitted from the use and application of solvents; and ozone emitted from photocopiers and laser printers. It should be noted here that ETS has been recognized as a human carcinogen by the International Agency from Research on cancer (IARC) in 2002 and exposure to it will increase the risk of coronary heart disease. This Industry Code of Practice has been drawn up to ensure employees and occupants are protected from poor indoor air quality that could adversely affect their health and well being, and thereby reduce their productivity. It is the general duties of employers and self-employed persons to their employees as stipulated under Section 15 of Occupational Safety and Health Act 1994 (OSHA) while Section 17 of OSHA stipulated that it is also the general duties of employers and self-employed persons to persons other than their employees.

The Industry Code of Practice also emphasize on the duties of an occupier of a place of work to persons other than his employees stipulated in Section 18 of OSHA. An occupier is a person who has the management or control of the place of work. This duty is owed to persons who are not his employees but go to their premises to carry out work. Compliance to this Industry Code of Practice can be used as evidence of good practice in a court.

Director General
Department of Occupational Safety and Health
Malaysia
2010
Department of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH)

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Industry Code Of Practice On Indoor Air Quality 2010

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

This Industry Code of Practice may be cited as the Industry Code of Practice on Indoor Air Quality 2010. The Department of Occupational Safety and Health wishes to thank and acknowledge the following Drafting Committee and distinguished individuals for their contributions towards the preparation of this Industry Code of Practice.

Drafting Committee
1.

Ir. Tn. Hj. Anuar bin Mohd Mokhtar – Chairman

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Dr. Majahar bin Abd. Rahman

3.

Dr. Faridah binti Mohd Amin

4.

Pn. Zaiton binti Sharif

5.

Pn. Habibah binti Supoh

6.

Dr. Hasmaizal bin Hassim

7.

En. Ramesh Zakir bin Shamsul

8.

Pn. Roslenda binti Hassan

9.

Pn. Normaizura binti Yusof

10. Cik Noor Azurah Hj. Abd Rahman
11. En. Hamidi bin Saidin
12. Cik Zamrudah binti Yeop
13. Pn. Shabanon binti Mohd Sharif
14. Ir. Mokhtar bin Sabtu
15. En. Kasman bin Nasir
16. Pn. Katrina Ann Gumal
17. En. Yurizman bin Jamil
18. Pn. Noor Fazira binti Ab Aziz –...
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