Singapore Aims To Be One of The Safest Workplaces In The World By 2028

10 Apr 2019

Ref No.: 100419 (1)
UEN: S97SS0046G

Dear Valued ASPRI Members,

Singapore Aims To Be One of The Safest Workplaces In The World By 2028

National Workplace Safety and Health (WSH) strategies developed in 2005 (WSH 2015) and 2008 (WSH 2018) have been instrumental in reducing Singapore’s workplace fatal injury rates from 4.9 per 100,000 workers in 2004 to 1.2 in 2017 and 2018. This is the lowest rate ever recorded for Singapore.

Building on the foundation of WSH 2015 and WSH 2018, the WSH 2028 Tripartite Strategies Committee have presented three strategies and seven recommendations for the next 10 years in realising the vision, “A Healthy Workforce in Safe Workplaces; A Country Renowned for Best Practices in Workplace Safety and Health”.

1. Strengthen WSH Ownership
The level of ownership for WSH by all stakeholders has to move beyond “basic” to be global-leading for sustained improvements in WSH. The recommendations are:

  • Make WSH more salient in business decisions
  • Align company directors and top management to WSH ownership
  • Strengthen WSH ownership of workers

2. Enhance Focus on Workplace Health
A healthy workforce is the outcome of a safe workplace. At the same time, a healthy workforce is also a contributor to safety. This encompasses both the prevention of occupational diseases and the promotion of workforce health. The recommendations are:

  • Expand occupational disease prevention efforts
  • Build companies’ capabilities to promote workforce health

3. Promote Technology-Enabled WSH
By the year 2028, Singapore will have made much progress towards its vision to be a Smart Nation. There is thus immense potential for the practice of WSH itself to be transformed through technology. The recommendations are:

  • Develop a WSH Technology ecosystem to deepen industry capability
  • Strengthen WSH training through technology

Find out more on WSH 2028 here