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Singapore’s Workplace Safety and Health Journey

Singapore adopts a strategic and long term approach to achieve sustainable, continuous improvement in workplace safety and health (WSH) performance. Our vision is a safe and healthy work environment for everyone; and to be a country renowned for best practices in WSH. We hope to achieve one of the best safety records in the world.

The Singapore Ministry of Manpower places great emphasis on inculcating a culture of safety and health in all workplaces, and reinforcing the message that poor safety management could be costly. All stakeholders must take responsibility for WSH, and proactively minimise risks.

Here are some national milestones we have achieved:

  • 2011 – Extension of the WSH Act to cover all workplaces, and not just traditional factories and worksites.
  • 2008 – Launch of the WSH 2018 national blueprint.
  • 2006 – Revamp of the national WSH Framework to shift the focus from compliance with regulations to WSH outcomes.

To help Singapore progress further in WSH outcomes, our programmes will focus on helping our stakeholders to change their mindsets, from one of fault finding to one that focuses on finding solutions to prevent injuries and ill health. It is our vision to advocate a long-term perspective of workplace safety and health – where every accident is preventable.

Singapore’s Commitment to WSH

Singapore has participated actively in the global community of WSH, so as to engage countries in the region and beyond Asia, and to garner support for international collaborations. Here are some of its milestones:

2014 – Current Secretariat of ASEAN Occupational Safety and Health Network
ASEAN Occupational Safety and Health Network (ASEAN-OSHNET) was formed in 2000 through a memorandum of understanding among the 10 ASEAN Member States (AMS). ASEAN-OSHNET’s vision is to be an effective network to foster a safe and healthy working environment, so as to bring about a productive competitive workforce in ASEAN.

2012 – Ratified International Labour Organization C187
C187 is an International Labour Organization (ILO) labour standard aimed at establishing and implementing coherent national policies on Occupational Safety and health (OSH), and promoting a preventive safety and health culture through effective collaboration with tripartite partners. Member states that ratify C187 are required to establish a framework within which OSH can be promoted.

2010 – Singapore signed the Seoul Declaration
The Seoul Declaration, supported by the ILO, serves as a major new blueprint for constructing a global culture of safety and health at work. The Declaration upholds the right to a safe and healthy working environment as a fundamental human right, and considers that improving safety and health at work has a positive impact on working conditions, productivity, economic and social development.

2006 – Formed International Advisory Panel 
The Ministry of Manpower formed the International Advisory Panel (IAP) for Workplace Safety and Health (WSH) in 2006. This is part of the efforts to improve WSH standards and outcomes in Singapore.