Workplace Safety: Health A Factor Too

Meeting new targets involves taking a total zero-harm approach that includes not just reducing injury, but also addressing the various impacts of illness.

Less than one workplace fatality per 100,000 workers in 10 years' time - that was the target Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong set for Singapore in a recent address to this year's World Congress on Safety and Health at Work.

Singapore successfully achieved its previous target of less than 1.8 fatalities per 100,000 workers in 2014, but the rate has risen to 1.9 in the past two years. What more can be done to bring down the current rate of 1.9 to less than one?

The way forward to hit and sustain the target is the Vision Zero approach, launched in 2015 by the National Workplace Safety and Health Campaign to develop a mindset that all injuries and ill health arising from work are preventable, and ultimately zero harm is possible

Since then, the Workplace Safety and Health Council has worked with businesses to implement it in their organisations.

Building on this momentum, the campaign this year reiterates the critical importance of keeping safe and healthy in the workplace with the call to "Prevent all injuries. Go home safe and healthy".

And in recent years, there has been growing global support for the Vision Zero movement. Countries such as Australia, Canada, Finland, South Korea and New Zealand have developed policies based on Vision Zero values and principles.

 
 

In October 2015, the Group of Seven (G-7) created a Vision Zero Fund to work towards zero fatal and severe work-related injuries and diseases in sectors that link to global supply chains as well as to strengthen institutional structures such as employment insurance and inspection frameworks.

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