Singapore ratifies ILO framework for occupational health and safety

Updated 07:41 PM Jun 11, 2012

SINGAPORE – Singapore has ratified the International Labour Organisation’s promotional framework for occupational safety and health (OSH) convention.

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.

Speaking at the 101st Session of the International Labour Conference in Geneva, Switzerland today, Mr Tan said since the reform of the Workplace Safety and Health (WSH) framework in 2005, Singapore has made significant progress on this front.

He said 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.

This year’s theme at the conference is “Building a future with decent work” and Mr Tan said it is a good reminder to all countries that creating meaningful employment is key to a sustainable cycle of economic growth, increasing standard of living, and socio-political stability.

Singapore is the 23rd ILO member state to ratify this convention.

Other member states that have ratified the convention include Germany, Finland, United Kingdom and Sweden. CHANNEL NEWSASIA



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