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WSH Council Of Singapore Introduced “CultureSAFE” Initiative

In line with its goal to improve workplace safety and health in Singapore, the Workplace Safety and Health Council has launched a new programme called CultureSAFE. This initiative was announced Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam during the Singapore Workplace Safety and Health Conference 2012 held recently at Suntec, Singapore.

Mr Tharman said that Singapore is committed to make the country one of the safest and healthiest places in the world. He emphasized that since the country implemented the performance-based Workplace Safety and Health regime, there has been a steady decline in the workplace fatality rate, from 4.9 deaths per 100,000 employed persons in 2004 to 2.3 in 2011.

Singapore aims to reduce the workplace fatality rate to less than 1.8 by 2018.

To achieve this, Mr Tharman said that Singapore has to embark on the next phase of the WSH journey. Thus, the CultureSAFE programme was created.

The CultureSAFE initiative seeks to aid companies to embark on a proactive culture and approaches to safety and occupational health. The development of the CultureSAFE model has taken a few years and has gone through rounds of validation. The International Advisory Panel for Workplace Safety and Health has strongly supported the initiative.

Meanwhile, Mr Tharman said that the government will support the WSH Council in this programme, focusing on helping small and medium enterprises (SMEs) embark on CultureSAFE so that they can raise WSH standards and achieve productivity.

The government will also provide S$8 million to co-fund the cost of the CultureSAFE programme. This CultureSAFE fund will co-fund up to S$30,000 for each company to cover consultancy and implementation costs of the programme.
“To be a vibrant global city, we must ensure that work is safe, decent and fulfilling for all workers,” said MrTharman.

“Every worker must be able to trust the workplace and feel good about it, to build up their abilities over time, to remain employable as they grow older and to enjoy retirement without work-related illnesses,” he added.