Updated: 04/27/2013 09:48

Collective effort required to understand and prevent work-related accidents and occupational diseases: PM Lee



Collective effort required to understand and prevent work-related accidents and occupational diseases: PM Lee

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said it is a collective effort to understand and prevent work-related accidents and occupational diseases. 

PM Lee said governments must enact the right regulations, and enforce standards of workplace safety and health (WSH) that meet their people's expectations. 

Mr Lee added that employers must provide safe and healthy work environments, and foster a safety culture among their staff. 

Employees must look out for themselves and one another, and take the initiative to improve WSH standards. 

Mr Lee made these comments in a message which the International Labour Organisation (ILO) had invited him to contribute to celebrate World Day for Safety and Health at Work that falls on 28 April every year. 

World Day for Safety and Health at Work is an awareness-raising campaign to focus international attention on emerging trends and on the magnitude of work-related injuries, diseases and fatalities worldwide. 

PM Lee said Singapore treats WSH very seriously. 

It signed the Seoul Declaration on Safety and Health at Work in 2010 and ratified the ILO Convention 187 in 2012. 

Singapore has put in place a national WSH Strategy to raise safety and health standards in workplaces, in collaboration with tripartite partners. 

A WSH Council works to raise WSH standards throughout the economy. 

Mr Lee highlighted that over the past decade, the rate of fatal workplace injuries has been cut by more than half. 

Singapore is sharing WSH experiences with its ASEAN neighbours as well as adopting best practices from OECD countries which began their WSH journeys much earlier. 

WSH Council said Singapore celebrates the World Day by organising a National WSH Campaign yearly. 

For this year, the National WSH Campaign will be launched by PM Lee on 20 May.

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