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MOM reviewing code of practice for risk management

The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) is reviewing the existing Code of Practice for Workplace Safety and Health (WSH). Industry consultation on the draft Code will begin this month and is expected to be finalised by the end of the year.

SINGAPORE: The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) is reviewing the existing Code of Practice for Workplace Safety and Health (WSH) Risk Management. Industry consultation on the draft Code will begin this month and is expected to be finalised by the end of the year.

Manpower Minister Tan Chuan-Jin made the announcement at the WSH Awards ceremony at Marina Bay Sands on Friday (July 18).

Some 190 recipients were recognised at the event for their commitment to workplace safety. Together, those companies achieved an injury-free period totalling more than 364 million hours which translates to the safety of 147,000 workers last year.

Addressing some 1,200 guests from industries such as construction, manufacturing and hospitality, Mr Tan said the revised Code of Practice will take a holistic approach by integrating personal health with the traditional work and safety health risks.

It will move away from form-filling and a theoretical approach to focus more on implementation on the ground, and it will also allow for companies to reduce risks at the source.

Mr Tan added a simpler Risk Management Guide will be developed and both the revised Code and the Guide will be launched early next year.

"Virtually most incident reports I read - whether fatalities or serious injuries - every one of them could have been prevented.

“Sometimes it's a system level fault, sometimes it's the individual who was just lazy and did not take the necessary precaution or sometimes the management level did not do their part - but usually a combination of all three.

“Since the introduction of the mandatory risk assessment in 2006, we have tried to raise awareness and we see many companies in Singapore have made progress in improving WSH. However, investigations into the various incidents revealed that more must be done to make the risk management process more effective,” said Mr Tan. 

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