OBJECTIVES: This study intends to evaluate the state of physical ergonomics awareness among Malaysian O&G workers and to assess their perception towards the criticality of physical ergonomics issues within an offshore processing facility.
METHODS: The data were collected through online questionnaire distribution. The respondents were required to evaluate three sections of the questionnaire: design criteria in an offshore workplace that are related to physical ergonomics, effects of physical ergonomics implementation in design, and criticality of physical ergonomics issues, to reflect their state of physical ergonomics awareness.
RESULT: The results showed a good level of physical ergonomics awareness among the respondents without being influenced by dissimilar experiences (engineering design and operation/maintenance) and the range of experience in an offshore workplace.
CONCLUSION: This study provides an overview of Malaysian O&G workers' outlook towards the physical ergonomics issues in an offshore workplace. These data could be further analyzed in future as relevant aspects of designing an offshore facility.
METHOD: 21 in-depth interviews were carried out.
RESULTS: Our analysis revealed variability in experiences with various types of unethical authorship practices among the interviewees. Second, we found that unethical authorship practices are not so unusual among academia although the exact numbers of incidents are unknown due to the fact that such practices are seldom reported. Third, our interviewees revealed that the culture of 'publish or perish' could be the main contributor to unethical practices of authorship because publication records are the main criteria for researcher's career evaluation besides, others, which are set by the university.
CONCLUSION: It was suggested that the institution must play a proactive role in educating and promoting awareness on authorship guidelines, through education and training, ethical leadership as well as promoting the importance of publication ethics.