Minister of State for Manpower and National Development, Mr Tan Chuan-Jin, said the ratification will cement Singapore’s commitment to continually improve OSH outcomes for all workplaces and encourage further work to achieve the national vision.
Mr Tan said since the reform of the Workplace Safety and Health (WSH) framework in 2005, Singapore has made significant progress on this front. The enactment of the WSH Act has perpetuated regulatory reforms, as well as greater industry ownership of such outcomes in areas including industry capability building and standards setting.
Mr Tan added this has effectively brought down Singapore’s fatality rate significantly from 4.9 fatalities per 100,000 workers in 2004, to 2.3 fatalities per 100,000 workers last year.
Elaborating on Singapore’s commitment in ratifying the convention, Mr Ho Siong Hin, Commissioner for Workplace Safety and Health from the Manpower Ministry, stressed that prior to this ratification, Singapore had already launched a comprehensive national WSH Strategy 2018.
Mr Ho said it outlines a strategic and long-term approach to achieve sustained and continuous improvement in WSH standards. And this new ratification will align the country’s efforts closer with international labour standards.