WSH Bulletin, 29 September 2020: Inaugural WSH e-Forum for Healthcare Workers highlights importance of taking care of the safety, health and well-being of carers // Launch of workers’ interview video on how the RTW programme helped them get back to work
29 September 2020, Ref: 2021054
Inaugural WSH e-Forum for Healthcare Workers highlights importance of taking care of the safety, health and well-being of carers
Close to 200 healthcare managers, professionals and staff attended the WSH e-Forum for Healthcare Workers, organised by the Workplace Safety and Health (WSH) Council and supported by Tan Tock Seng Hospital on 25 September 2020. Themed “Taking Care of the Safety & Health of Carers – A New Normal beyond COVID-19”, the e-forum emphasised the continued importance of WSH in the new normal, and showcased the physical and mental well-being programmes and strategies adopted by healthcare institutions and organisations to help staff navigate these extremely challenging times.
In his opening remarks, Adjunct Professor Eugene Soh, Chairman of WSH Council (Healthcare) Committee, thanked the healthcare workers for their selfless contributions and unwavering efforts in keeping the nation safe. He reminded the industry that even more so now, as healthcare workers are subjected to immense stress in a high-risk working environment, there needs to be a renewed impetus to embrace WSH holistically, to protect their safety, health and well-being.
Participants gained insight into looking at WSH holistically through the sharing by guest speakers from various healthcare institutions and the industry:
|• Singapore General Hospital illustrated how the three components of WSH –|
occupational health, occupational safety and well-being – are closely intertwined
and how we can adopt this approach to improve the physical and mental well-being
of healthcare workers during COVID-19 and beyond.
• Tan Tock Seng Hospital highlighted the need in caring for staff and their well-being
in times of crisis such as the pandemic, and shared the strategies and efforts that
the organisation has put in place.
• Johnson & Johnson shared on the importance of maintaining the health and wellness
of its employees and how they have done so through the programmes and
Participants also engaged in a lively Q&A session, moderated by Professor Teo Yik Ying, Dean, Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health and Deputy Chairman of WSH Council (Healthcare) Committee, and were able to glean further learning points on the finer details of how they can implement WSH holistically and effectively on the ground.
During the e-forum, participants were invited to take part in the National WSH Campaign persona quiz, to find out how healthy they really are to stay safe at work.
|Read Adjunct Professor Eugene Soh‘s speech here.|
Participate in the Slips, Trips and Falls Campaign
|Watch and share Campaign video|
Aligned with the National WSH Campaign 2020’s call to “Take Time to Take Care of Your Safety and Health”, the WSH Council has produced a video reminding healthcare workers of how poor health such as not drinking enough water can affect their focus and result in slip, trip and fall incidents.
|View the video on the WSH Council’s social media platforms such as Facebook and YouTube.|
|Campaign persona quiz|
Take part in the Campaign quiz, discover what your persona is and receive tips on how you can improve your health and lifestyle habits.
|Download resources for Healthcare Sector|
The WSH Council has also produced training materials such as slides and posters for the Healthcare Sector. Download the resources here.
For more resources on preventing slips, trips and falls, visit the WSH Council website here.
Launch of workers’ interview video on how the RTW programme helped them get back to work
|The WSH Council has launched a video featuring the Return to Work Journeys of two recovered workers. The video gave an account of how Jun Heng, who suffered burns on his back due to an accidental chemical spillage, and Madam Ng, who suffered severe lower backpain after a slip and fall incident at work, returned to work successfully with the aid of the Return to Work (RTW) Programme.|
|The video showed how the Return to Work Coordinators designed the RTW plan and journeyed with the injured workers through their recovery process, with the support of their employers. The RTW Coordinators also performed as therapists to advise employers on when Jun Heng and Madam Ng were ready to return to work, and how their workplace and jobs can be modified to ensure that the employees can meet the job demands without injuring themselves again.|
|An RTW programme not only boosts the recovery of the employees, but also their confidence as told in the stories of the two workers. As Madam Ng said in the video,|
“If you want to continue working, you must overcome the challenges you are facing.”
The programme also gives employers assurance of their employees’ work abilities when they come back to work. The working relationship between employer and employee is strengthened too as a result of the trust that is built together in the journey of recovery.
|Watch the video of “The Return to Work Journeys of Jun Heng and Madam Ng” here.|
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