Malaysia Malaysia plans to revise prohibited substances under Occupational Health and Safety Act

The draft Occupational Health and Safety (Prohibition of Use of Substances) Order 202X was released in Malaysia on December 24, 2021 for public comment. This draft amends the current Occupational Health and Safety (Prohibition of Use of Substances) Order 1999 to newly add some substances. Article 35 of the Occupational Safety and Health Act 1994 stipulates that “the use of substances likely to affect the safety and health of workers must be prohibited”.

The parts to be amended or added by this draft are shown in red below:

Substance CAS RN Scope of Prohibited Use

4-Aminodiphenyl;

Benzidine;

2-Nafthylamine;

4-Nitrodiphenyl;

their salts; and

any substance in a total concentration equal to or greater than 0.1 percent

92-67-1

92-87-5

91-59-89

2-93-3

Manufacture and use for all purposes including any manufacturing process in which a substance described in column (1) is formed, except for research or analytical purposes
Asbestos in the form of:

crocidolite;

amosite;

fibrous anthophyllite;

tremolite; or

 actinolite.

12001-28-4

12172-73-5

77536-67-5

77536-68-6

77536-66-4

All purposes except for research or analytical purposes
Benzene and any substance containing benzene in a concentration equal to or greater than 0.1 % 71-43-2 Cleaning and degreasing
Carbon disulphide and any substance containing carbon disulphide in a concentration equal to or greater than 3 % 75-15-0 Cleaning and degreasing
Carbon tetrachloride and any substance containing carbon tetrachloride in a concentration equal to or greater than 1 % 56-23-5 Cleaning and degreasing
n-Hexane and any substance containing nhexane in a concentration equal to or greater than 3 % 71-43-2 Cleaning and degreasing
White phosporus 12185-10-3 Use in the manufacture of matches
Sand or other substance containing free silica or known as crystalline silica in a composition greater than 1 % Use as an abrasive media in blasting process

 

The deadline for comments on this draft is February 24, 2022.

 

The original version of this draft can be downloaded below:
https://www.dosh.gov.my/index.php/list-of-documents/eparticipation/2021-2/4115-draf-20122021seranta-awam-cadangan-pindaan-larangan-penggunaan-bahan/file

The address to send comments can be found in the following document:
https://www.dosh.gov.my/index.php/list-of-documents/eparticipation/2021-2/4116-notis-seranta-awam-perintah-larangan-penggunaan-bahan-20122021/file

The current Occupational Health and Safety (Prohibition of Use of Substances) Order 1999 can be viewed at the following URL:
https://www.dosh.gov.my/index.php/legislation/order/occupational-safety-and-health/569-01-occupational-safety-and-health-prohibition-of-use-of-substances-order-1999/file