23 Apr 2020
Ref No.: 230420 (1)
Dear Valued ASPRI Members,
Follow and support the National WSH Campaign on WSH Council’s Facebook Page on 27 April 2020
Join the WSH Council, the Ministry of Manpower and our Tripartite partners from the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) and Singapore National Employers Federation (SNEF) in the opening of our National Workplace Safety and Health (WSH) Campaign on the WSH Council’s Facebook on Monday, 27 April, 10.30am onwards.
The Campaign Programme, comprising a series of video posts on the Facebook page, is as follows:
|10.30 am||Facebook Post 1|
Welcome Remarks by Mr John Ng, Chairman of the WSH Council.
|10.35am||Facebook Post 2|
Opening Remarks by Mr Zaqy Mohamad, Minister of State for Manpower.
|10.40am||Facebook Post 3|
Sharing of the National WSH Campaign message by MOM, WSH Council and our Tripartite partners (Mr Melvin Yong, Assistant Secretary-General of NTUC, and Mr Douglas Foo, Vice President of SNEF).
|2.00pm||Facebook Post 4|
Sharing of COVID-19 prevention tips.
|4.00pm||Facebook Post 5|
MOS Zaqy, Mr John Ng, Mr Melvin Yong and Mr Douglas Foo attempt the persona quiz on new Campaign microsite.
Visit the new Campaign website, which will go live on 27 April, where you could learn more about creating a healthy workforce and show care for your employees’ health, download resources and take part in the persona quiz. Together, we can make workplaces safer and healthier!
Advisories for Employers on COVID-19
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way businesses are conducted, with many adapting their operations to the stricter circuit breaker measures put in place to stem the spread of the virus. All non-essential services have been closed, while the number of essential services allowed to operate has been further reduced to minimise workers’ movements and interactions.
The WSH Council would like to remind all employers whose workplace premises have been allowed to remain open that workplace safety and health is of paramount importance, and to put in place necessary measures to protect workers on site. Below are some key reminders:
- Mask up.
- Implement safe distancing measures .
- Reduce interactions among workers during work as well as meal and break times.
As announced on 21 April 2020, all workplaces will also be required to have a system that logs their workers’ entry into, and exit from, their workplaces. Employers can consider using a digital check-in application called SafeEntry for this purpose (go.gov.sg/safeentry).
From 2359 hours, 21 April 2020, daily movement of workers in and out of all dormitories (including purpose-built dormitories, factories converted dormitories, construction temporary quarters and temporary occupation licence quarters), including going to work, will no longer be allowed. Migrant workers from the Construction sector and who are residing outside dormitories have also been placed on mandatory Stay-Home Notice (SHN) till 4 May 2020. Employers of affected workers must ensure that their workers and dependants comply with the above measures, and take care of their food and other daily needs.
Other responsibilities of employers towards all workers include:
- Informing workers of the latest COVID-19 advisories;
- Taking steps to ensure workers monitor their health for signs of fever, cough, breathlessness or a runny nose, including providing thermometers to record temperatures; and
- Ensuring workers practise safe distancing and adhere to Circuit Breaker measures.
To keep up to date with the evolving situation, employers should stay updated with government advisories, especially those from the Ministry of Health (MOH), the Ministry of Manpower (MOM), and the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI).
The WSH Council would like to call upon all employers and workers to take time to take care of their safety and health at all times, especially during this crisis.
Together, we can overcome! SGUnited!