WSH Bulletin, 24 November 2020: Jurong Island Vision Zero Cluster e-forum // WSH Council website survey

WSH Bulletin, 24 November 2020: Jurong Island Vision Zero Cluster e-forum // WSH Council website survey

Nov 24, 2020

24 November 2020, Ref: 2021074

Jurong Island Vision Zero Cluster e-forum: Overcoming WSH challenges and common pitfalls faced during plant turnaround

The first of a series of Jurong Island Vision Zero Cluster e-forums was held on 5 November 2020. The theme was “Taking WSH Ownership and Communication”.
Jointly organised by the Workplace Safety and Health (WSH) Council and the Singapore Chemical Industry Council (SCIC), with support from the Association of Process Industry (ASPRI) and the Ministry of Manpower (MOM), the e-forum is focused on overcoming operational challenges faced during plant turnaround (i.e., shutdown maintenance). 
In his opening address to more than 200 participants from the Chemical and Process Construction and Maintenance industries, Er. Lucas Ng, Chairman of the Jurong Island Vision Zero Cluster, shared his vision for Jurong Island, where every organisation and individual would be fully accountable not just for its own safety, health and well-being, but also that of its co-workers and peers. He also emphasised the need for top management to take the lead and openly communicate its commitment to WSH with all its employees and stakeholders. 
Er. Bernard Leong from Petrochemical Corporation of Singapore (Private) Limited, and Dr. Babu Sajeesh from Rotary Engineering Pte. Ltd. both shared their experiences on how their organisations overcame WSH challenges during plant turnaround, and reiterated the need for clear communication at every stage.

Er. Randy Cha from MOM also shared from a regulator’s perspective, with findings from past incidents and a summary of the lessons learnt.

The e-forum rounded off with a session of questions and answers. Majority of the questions from the lively discussion were centred around how or what the companies could look out for during shutdown maintenance.

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