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Government accepts recommendations by International Advisory Panel for Workplace Safety and Health

8 May 2014

  1. The Government has accepted the recommendations of the International Advisory Panel (IAP)1 for Workplace Safety and Health (WSH), which focused on two strategic thrusts to enhance Singapore’s WSH performance: Total WSH – implementing a comprehensive and integrated approach to managing WSH holistically, and Vision Zero – shaping mindsets that all work injuries and ill health are preventable. (Please refer to Annex A for more information on Total WSH and Vision Zero.)

    IAP’s eight recommendations to enhance Singapore’s WSH performance
  2. The IAP, which held its fourth meeting in Singapore from 6 to 8 May 2014, was formed by the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) in 2006 to tap on the expertise and experience of international experts to raise Singapore’s WSH standards. (Please refer to Annex B for the profiles of IAP members.)
  3. Following a review of Singapore’s WSH performance, the IAP made eight recommendations:

    a. Instil greater WSH ownership by developers and clients in the construction sector

    b. Strengthen the link between WSH performance and business outcomes

    c. Integrate WSH with employee well-being

    d. Build capabilities to support implementation of Total WSH

    e. Better monitoring of workplace health data

    f. Facilitate mindset change through Vision Zero Leaders

    g. Develop performance measures to track the progress of the Vision Zero mindset movement

    h. Provide a compelling case for Vision Zero

    (Please refer to the full report of the 4th Meeting of the International Advisory Panel for WSH.)

    Government accepts IAP’s recommendations
  4. Speaking at an industry plenary session on 8 May 2014, IAP Co-Chair Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Education and Manpower, Mr Hawazi Daipi said, “We are grateful to the IAP for their recommendations on adopting a Vision Zero mindset and implementing Total WSH in Singapore. The IAP’s recommendations will guide Singapore’s efforts toward building a systemic culture for a zero-accident philosophy and the integration of general health and workplace health through the Total WSH approach. We will work closely with key stakeholders to implement the recommendations”.

    IAP commends Singapore’s efforts to improve WSH outcomes
  5. The IAP also commended Singapore for improving WSH standards and outcomes, and embarking on strategies and programmes to address WSH challenges upstream.
  6. IAP member Prof Ken Takahashi, Chair of the Department of Environmental Epidemiology at Japan’s University of Occupational and Environmental Health said, “Singapore has embraced bold, new ideas such as Total WSH and Vision Zero, and has started to reflect them in national policies. Singapore should continue sharing its experiences and engaging in discussions at international meetings.”
  7. The panel also noted that while much had been achieved at the national level, Singapore should be mindful of the WSH challenges that the construction industry faces, and should continue to implement WSH strategies to bring about quantum improvements in WSH performance in the industry. (Please refer to Annex C for other comments by the IAP members.)

  8. The Ministry of Manpower thanks the IAP for its contributions and insights. The Ministry will continue to work closely with our industry stakeholders to implement the recommendations to elevate and make further progress in the WSH journey.

1The IAP is chaired by Minister for Manpower, Mr Tan Chuan-Jin, and co-chaired by the Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Education and Manpower, Mr Hawazi Daipi. The IAP comprises renowned WSH experts with wide-ranging regulatory and industry experience.

Annex A - Factsheets on Total WSH and Vision Zero

Annex B - Profiles of IAP Members

Annex C - Notable Comments by IAP Members