Occupational risk & the urgency for frontliner protection
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The Department of Labour in the US recently released their COVID-19 Occupational Risk Score. The statistics are based on their Purchasing Power Parity, the homogeneity of the job description and the risk of exposure to COVID-19. The figure above may be used to depict a more generic occupational risk correlated with salary grades, that are experienced internationally, including Malaysia. The Occupational Risk Score can be divided into four quadrants: i. high income-low risk, ii. high income-high risk, iii. low income-high risk, and iv. low income-low risk. Those with the highest exposure to infection include what is now termed as the 'frontliners'. These include doctors, nurses, and other medical officers and officials, police & army, and volunteers (RELA) entrusted to enforce the movement control orders (MCO). Immigration and other enforcement officers stationed at entry and exit points are also amongst those facing the highest levels of occupational risk.
Occupational Risk Score , Frontliners , COVID-19 , Malaysia , Takaful
Abdul Hamid, B., Mahomed, Z., Shamsudheen, S. V., & Hassan, W. (2020). Occupational risk & the urgency for frontliner protection. IF Hub, 2 (June 2020), 16-22.
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