Officials in Singapore continue to increase efforts to make workplaces safer.
The third edition of the Singapore Workplace Safety and Health (WSH) Conference 2014, themed “Integrating Safety and Health: Towards a holistic approach”, saw participation from more than 900 top leaders, experts and delegates from around the world recently.
The two-day conference focused on key areas such as the need to create a balance between workplace safety and health practices as well as incorporate WSH ownership, leadership and partnership capabilities within organizations.
Health as a Priority with Safety
Many speakers emphasized the importance of adopting a holistic approach towards WSH.
This approach is embodied in the Total WSH approach, which involves workers and managers to collaborate in a continual improvement process to protect and promote the safety, health and wellbeing of all employees.
With aging workforce and increasing life expectancies in Singapore, health issues such as chronic diseases will become more significant, affecting workers and thereby causing an impact on an organization’s productivity. Organizations must therefore put in place holistic intervention programs to ensure the safety, health and sustainability of the workforce.
Speakers at the Conference emphasized the need for management and employees to work together to ensure that WSH are put into practice in the workplace.
According to officials, there needs to be a continued emphasis on the role of leaders in the WSH discourse and practice for the long run, and for workers from the ground to voice their views on how WSH policies can be further improved.
The fourth Singapore Workplace Safety and Health (WSH) Conference will be held in 2016.
Author Kori Shafer-Stack, Editor, Amaxx Risk Solutions, Inc. is an expert in post-injury response procedures and part of the Amaxx team helping companies reduce their workers compensation costs by 20% to 50%. www.reduceyourworkerscomp.com. Contact: email@example.com.
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