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Oral Answer by Mr Zaqy Mohamad Minister of State for Manpower to Parliamentary Question on reporting requirement for injuries resulting in light duties

NOTICE PAPER NO. 1556 OF 2019 FOR THE SITTING ON OR AFTER 18 FEBRUARY 2019

QUESTION NO. 2670 FOR ORAL ANSWER

MP: Mr Louis Ng Kok Kwang

To ask the Minister for Manpower whether the requirement for reporting work-related or workplace accidents can also include cases where an employee who meets with an accident is placed on light duty by the doctor for more than three days, whether consecutive or not.

Answer

  1. Today, reporting is required for all work injuries resulting in medical leave of more than 3 days, consecutive or otherwise, or hospitalisation for at least 24 hours. This is in line with the reporting criteria in other developed countries, such as those in the European Union.
  2. We are studying the possibility of making it a requirement to report all work injuries resulting in any instance of light duty or medical leave. This has been included in the public consultation on amendments to the Work Injury Compensation Act (WICA) launched in January. It will allow us to have a more comprehensive picture of the extent of work injuries and will help improve targeting of prevention efforts. We will share more details when the proposed amendments to WICA are finalised in April.