Minister: Workplace health and safety makes business sense

HRM 25 Feb 2013

Having good workplace safety and health practices in place is not just the right thing to do, it can gives businesses a boost, said Acting Manpower Minister Tan Chuan-Jin at the annual bizSAFE convention.

According to him, good workplace health and safety (WSH) improves employee retention and performance, boosts operational efficiency and enhances firms’ reputations. Workers will want to work for a company with a reputation for taking care of their safety and health, he said.

Tan also shared the results of Operation Talon during the convention, which is a series of WSH inspections that took place late last year.

The ministry conducted checks on 529 worksites of 378 companies, resulting in 27 stop-work orders and 1,093 fines and notices of non-compliance. The fines totaled up to more than $350,000 altogether.

He revealed that eight workers have died in work accidents so far this year, compared with seven in the same period last year. Working at heights, scaffolding, excavation and formwork are still the main areas of safety lapses.

 



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