WSH Bulletin, 30 June 2020: SHA kicks off Hotel WSH Week online with over 100 participating hotels // Selected WSH courses involving in-person training of foreign workers to remain suspended
30 June 2020, Ref: 2021033
SHA kicks off Hotel WSH Week online with over 100 participating hotels
|The SHA Hotel WSH Week kicked-off with an e-launch on the Zoom meeting platform on Monday, 29 June, which saw over 100 hotel brands committing to brief their staff on the importance of WSH in the week ahead. Organised by the Singapore Hotel Association and supported by the Workplace Safety and Health (WSH) Council, the event is a timely reminder to all employers and employees in the hotel industry that WSH, upheld further by the implementation of Safe Management Measures, should be kept top of mind at all times.|
In her opening remarks, Ms Kwee Wei-Lin, SHA President and Chairperson of the WSH Council (Hospitality and Entertainment Industries) Committee, commended the industry for its resilience and ability to remain nimble during these tough times. She placed specific emphasis on the importance of WSH and encouraged the industry to continue to strive for a safe and healthy work environment for every employee, even in the light of embracing a new normal.
Representatives from Copthorne King’s Hotel Singapore and Fairmont Singapore & Swissôtel The Stamford shared their ongoing efforts to ensure that good WSH practices were constantly being reviewed throughout the Circuit Breaker period and in the light of safe re-opening.
|Good company practices|
Copthorne King’s Hotel shared about its use of innovations such as the robotic vacuum cleaner and robotic egg machine that helped its employees reduce contact with guests to lower the risk of COVID-19 transmission, and how these innovations improved WSH by reducing the frequency of repetitive movements and contact with hot surfaces. The company replaced chemical scents in the lobby with an ionizer that cleans the air and reduces the growth of mold, thus protecting employees‘ health. The hotel also regularly organises virtual workout sessions and offers counselling for the well-being of employees.
At Fairmont Singapore & Swissôtel The Stamford , contactless check-ins and transactions as well as bi-weekly spot checks and audits are in place to protect the guests and the safety and health of its employees. The hotel has also reconfigured the staff canteen to make adhering to social distancing easier and more comfortable for employees.
|Programme for participation|
The SHA Hotel WSH Week will run from Monday, 29 June to Friday, 3 July 2020, and participating hotels may pick a day within this period to organise a WSH briefing for their staff. In support of the SHA Hotel WSH Week, the WSH Council has put together a set of briefing materials and resources, made available to the participating hotels online, so they can set aside time to take care of the safety and health of every employee at the workplace.
Learn more about managing and improving employees’ health at the workplace from the National WSH Campaign 2020 microsite here.
Selected WSH courses involving in-person training of foreign workers to remain suspended
Under Phase Two of the re-opening of businesses, SkillsFuture Singapore has allowed
|Selected WSH courses that involve in-person training of foreign workers will continue to be suspended as many foreign workers may still be under movement restriction orders, e.g. those staying in dormitories that have not yet been cleared or are under quarantine orders. The WSH courses that are suspended include mandatory WSH training for work permit holders.|
|For new foreign workers holding In-Principal Approvals, they can have their work permits issued even if they did not attend the required WSH training. However, they can only perform lower-risk activities for businesses that have resumed operations and subject to specific conditions.|
|For more information on the conditions, as well as WSH courses that are suspended and those that may resume, please refer to the Ministry of Manpower’s circular here.|
|Training providers should continue to adopt e-learning where possible to minimise the risk of Covid-19 transmissions. Should training providers wish to resume in-house training, they must fulfil the requirements stipulated under the Ministry of Manpower’s “Checklist of Safe Management Measures to resume WSH Training”. Please refer to the checklist here.|
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