MOM Mounts Enforcement Operation to Ensure Workplaces Comply with Safe Distancing Measures
13 Stop-Work Orders and 8 Remedial Orders issued on first day of operation
- The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) has commenced enforcement operation starting today on workplaces’ compliance with Government advisories on safe distancing measures to reduce the risk of local transmission of COVID-19.
- The inspections target workplaces where groups of workers congregate; such as factories, construction sites, shipyards as well as offices including collaborative workspaces.
- On the first day of the enforcement operation, MOM issued 13 stop-work orders (SWOs) and 8 remedial orders (ROs) to workplaces which disregarded the need for safe distancing. The SWOs and ROs will be in force until rectifications have been made.
- MOM also observed that some companies that have implemented safe distancing measures have also adopted other precautionary measures to protect workers’ well-being, such as temperature screening.
Reminder to All Employers
- All employers should place their employees on work from home arrangements wherever possible, especially for vulnerable employees (e.g. older employees, pregnant employees, and employees with pre-existing medical conditions).
- For job roles or functions where it is not feasible for the employee to work from home, employers should:
- Provide wider physical spacing (at least 1 metre apart) for workstations and seats in meeting rooms, pantries, rest areas and other congregation points
- Reduce duration and proximity of physical interactions;
- Stagger working hours;
- Defer non-critical work events and scale down critical work events; and
- Implement or enhance shift or split team arrangements.
- Employers should also clearly communicate and explain the safe distancing measures put in place to employees.
- Commissioner for Workplace Safety and Health, Mr Silas Sng, said, “Employers must do their part to safeguard employees’ well-being by adopting safe distancing measures at workplaces during this critical period. Such measures may require businesses to adjust work processes but are necessary to suppress the spread of COVID-19 and protect our community. We also urge employees to practise social responsibility and stay safe by maintaining good personal hygiene and safe distancing.”
- MOM will continue with the inspections and will take appropriate enforcement actions against non-compliance workplaces.