Oral Answer to PQ on Effectiveness of Heightened Safety Period
NOTICE PAPER NO. 1885 OF 2023 FOR THE SITTING ON 8 MAY 2023
QUESTION NO. 4521 FOR ORAL ANSWER
MP: Mr Melvin Yong Yik Chye
To ask the Minister for Manpower (a) whether the extended Heightened Safety Period has been effective in reducing workplace accidents and injuries; and (b) whether there are plans to further extend the Heightened Safety Period which is set to end on 31 May 2023.
The Heightened Safety Period (HSP) was introduced in September 2022, following an increase in workplace fatalities. Penalties for safety lapses were raised and greater accountability was placed on senior management. The HSP measures have helped to reduce the incidence of workplace fatalities.
2 The Ministry of Manpower will share more details of the impact of HSP at the upcoming launch of the National Workplace Safety and Health Campaign on 23 May 2023.