WSH Bulletin, 23 November 2020: Thank you for making the Singapore WSH Conference 2020 a success!

WSH Bulletin, 23 November 2020: Thank you for making the Singapore WSH Conference 2020 a success!

Nov 23, 2020

23 November, Ref: 1920073

Thank you for making The Singapore WSH Conference 2020 a success!


       We are immensely appreciative that over 1,800 participants from Singapore and across
       the Asia Pacific, including Japan, South Korea, and Australia, have given their support in
       attending the sixth edition of The Singapore WSH Conference.

There is little doubt that the importance of workplace safety and health, especially in terms
       of our employees’ wellness, safety, and mental well-being, has come to the fore in 2020,
       and will become an integral part of the workplace for years to come.

       At Plenary 4: Tripartite Panel Discussion, there was much discussion as to how we live
       and work amidst a pandemic, and draw lessons from the pandemic to better prepare our
       workforce for the future of work. The panel touched on digital transformation such as the
       use of technology to enable remote working, and how new technology such as automation
       can bring in new WSH challenges; and delved into how businesses can help employees
       work from home. The pandemic has also pushed regulators to re-examine their policies for 
       labour relations and manpower to help businesses regain a solid footing. 

       The panel discussed ways to safeguard employees, the need to reimagine and redefine 
       work while “living” with COVID-19, and how things can be done differently to ensure that
       employees are safe, healthy and productive as work resumes. The panellists from MOM,
       WSH Council, NTUC and SNEF also spoke of what can be done to strengthen our
       workforce’s mental resilience in managing productivity and balancing it with mental well-being.
       Mr Zaqy Mohamad, Senior Minister of State for Manpower, closed the Conference, stressing
       on the importance of enhancing the workers’ mental health. He underscored what speakers
       like Professor David Chan, Director of the Behavioural Sciences Institute at SMU, had
       shared during the Conference, that “stress and strain associated with the COVID-19 crisis can
       be addressed through rearrangement and redesign of job duties and work processes”. This not
       only contributes to the workers’ physical and mental well-being, but also work productivity,
       and better quality of life, both at work and outside work.

       Mr Zaqy also described how the International Advisory Panel for Workplace Safety and Health
       has called for greater accountability by company leadership, supporting the development of
       an Approved Code of Practice to educate and engage company directors on their responsibilities
       and the ways to ensure WSH risks are effectively managed.

Read welcome address by Mr John Ng, Chairman of WSH Council here.
Read opening address by Mrs Josephine Teo, Minister for Manpower here.
Read closing address by Mr Zaqy Mohamad, Senior Minister of State for Manpower here.

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