WSH Bulletin, 3 June 2021: First Quarter 2021 National WSH Statistics // Join the WSH e-Forum for F&B Sector and Slips, Trips and Falls Campaign 2021 Launch // New ConSASS checklist, scorecard, interview sheets and user guide now available for download

WSH Bulletin, 3 June 2021: First Quarter 2021 National WSH Statistics // Join the WSH e-Forum for F&B Sector and Slips, Trips and Falls Campaign 2021 Launch // New ConSASS checklist, scorecard, interview sheets and user guide now available for download

Jun 04, 2021

3 June 2021, Ref: 2122018

First Quarter 2021 National WSH Statistics

More injuries and occupational diseases in 1Q 2021 compared to 1Q 2020

• We are heartened that the industries have responded and maintained vigilance
   following the spate of fatal accidents in February 2021.
• With the increase in the number of injuries, we continue to call on the industries to
   prioritise workplace safety and health (WSH) even as we recognise the current
   challenging situation.
• We urged employers to ensure that their workers have adequate rest so as to prevent
   fatigue and accidents.

Manufacturing and Construction continue to see most fatal and major injuries
• In 1Q 2021, Manufacturing saw 41 fatal and major injuries while Construction
   contributed 32 fatal and major injuries, higher than the past four quarters.   
• The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) has mounted ‘Operation Ibis’, targeting the
   Construction and Manufacturing.
• Over the next two months, some 400 worksites and factories will be inspected focusing
   on machinery safety and checks on qualifications and training of persons involved in
   the operation of machinery. 

Slips, Trips and Falls (STF) remained the top cause for major injuries

• This is the 3rd consecutive quarter increase, reaching 61 major injuries in 1Q 2021. 
 • STF accidents occurred commonly in stairs or steps, or slippery areas such as toilets 
   and slopes.

• The WSH Council will be launching an STF Campaign in June 2021 to make STF risks
   and preventive measures more apparent. 

MOM and the WSH Council urge all employers and employees to “Take Time To Take Care of Your Safety and Health”. 

The WSH Statistic infographic can be downloaded here

Join the WSH e-Forum for F&B Sector and Slips, Trips and Falls Campaign 2021 Launch

The Workplace Safety and Health (WSH) Council, in collaboration with the hotel and food and beverage associations, will be organising the WSH e-Forum for the Food and Beverage (F&B) Sector and Slips, Trips and Falls (STF) Campaign 2021 Launch on 17 June. 

The e-forum provides the opportunity to hear from various F&B stakeholders on their experiences in enhancing WSH through good housekeeping, STF prevention, use of innovative technology, risk assessments and attention on staff’s health.

The e-forum will also kickstart WSH Council’s STF Campaign 2021. STF is one of the top contributors of workplace injuries, making up nearly half of all major injuries in 2020. It is also a major hotspot in the F&B sector. Find out what the STF Resolution is about and how companies and workers can take ownership and set aside time to manage STF risks in the workplace. 

Guest-of-Honour, Senior Minister of State for Manpower, Mr Zaqy Mohamad will be delivering the opening speech and launching the STF Campaign 2021 at this event.

Register for the WSH e-Forum for F&B Sector and STF Campaign 2021 Launch here

Participants will receive the online webinar link information and session details nearer to date of event. 

New ConSASS checklist, scorecard, interview sheets and user guide now available for download

A revised ConSASS checklist, scorecard, interview sheets and user guide 2020 are now available for public download.

In June 2020, the ConSASS Review Workgroup completed the first draft revision. In September 2020, 10 construction worksites comprising a mix of civil and structural works were selected to be trial audited using the new ConSASS 2020. The trials aimed to gather feedback and comments from the industry and WSH Auditors. Thereafter, further refinement of the checklist, scorecard and interview sheets was carried out. 

The ConSASS was last reviewed in 2013.

Key Revisions to the ConSASS checklist
The principles of the ConSASS audit remain the same where graduations to higher bands reflect the increasing maturity of the elements. Each band is still required to satisfy at least 70% of the questions within each band. 
A summary of the key revisions to the ConSASS checklist is as follows: 
• Number of System Elements is increased from 17 to 20, in alignment with ISO 45001;

• Number of bands is decreased from 4 to 3, to place lesser focus on documentation

• Number of questions is reduced from 348 to 203 (reduction of 41.7%);
• Added focus on the implementation of WSH practices, with percentage of questions on
   implementation increased from 37.9% to 50.9% of total questions; and 
• Addition of new questions aligned to WSH 2028 recommendations (Ownership, Health
   and Technology), Design for Safety, Near Miss Reporting, etc.

Transition to the new ConSASS to take effect on 1 October 2021
The deadline for the industry to transit to the new ConSASS is 1 October 2021. From now to 30 September 2021, accredited SAC-AOs can opt to use either the current or the new ConSASS. However from 1 October 2021 onwards, only the new ConSASS is allowed. This has been made known to all accredited SAC-AOs via two briefings conducted on 10 and 14 May 2021.
Conversion Matrix to convert new 3-Band to 4-Band scorings
As the new ConSASS will be reduced from 4 to 3 Bands, the entering of scores by accredited SAC-AOs in MOM’s eServices portal will be affected as the latter will still be based on the current 4-Band structure. The Workgroup has created a conversion matrix to convert the new 3-Band scorings to 4-Band scorings for the purpose of entering the scores into MOM’s eServices portal. 
Download the ConSASS checklist 2020, interview sheet 2020, scorecard, conversion matrix, user guide 2020 and the accredited SAC-AOs briefing slides on 10 and 14 May 2021 here.
The existing ConSASS documents are still available at MOM website.
About the ConSASS Review Workgroup
With the introduction of ISO 45001:2018 – Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems, and coupled with the development of WSH 2028 tripartite strategies, the industry-led ConSASS Review workgroup was formed in March 2019 under the ambit of the WSH Council (Construction and Landscape) Committee to review and update ConSASS to be aligned with ISO45001.

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