Launch of the National WSH Campaign 2016: Prevent all injuries. Go home safe and healthy

The Workplace Safety and Health (WSH) Council, with the support of the Ministry of Manpower and WSH Institute, launched the annual National WSH Campaign 2016 on 17 April 2016 at Gardens by the Bay East. The event started with a 3.5km fun walk which highlighted six steps to embarking the Vision Zero journey. From taking and sharing photos of their commitment to Vision Zero to identifying workplace hazards from cut-out standees along the walk, participants were able to learn about the importance of staying safe and healthy.

Guest-of-Honour Minister for Manpower, Mr Lim Swee Say highlighted in his opening address that Vision Zero was not a new target, but a new mindset – that all injuries and ill health could be prevented. Highlighting that there had been 26 workplace fatalities so far, Mr Lim shared that more efforts are needed to improve the WSH situation and urged all to play their part in WSH so everyone could go home safe and healthy. “We can all be more aware of how our actions can affect other people around us, from helping to keep the workplace clean and dry, to alerting a fellow worker on a ladder from leaning too far out”, he said.

To build on the momentum of the Vision Zero movement, WSH Council Chairman, Mr Heng Chiang Gnee announced this year’s Campaign message – “Prevent all injuries. Go home safe and healthy”. The message aims to drive home the importance of taking preventive action as injuries at work not only affect the injured worker, but also those around him. Mr Heng also shared that the WSH Council has produced a new TV commercial, titled “Shoelaces” to highlight the life-changing impact that workplace accidents can have.


TV Commercial – “Shoelaces”

The winner of the WSH Song Writing Competition was also revealed at the launch. The competition was launched last year as part of the year-long outreach efforts to spread the Campaign WSH message to the industry and public.

  

For the Welcome Address by Mr Heng Chiang Gnee, Chairman, WSH Council, click here.
For the Opening Address by Mr Lim Swee Say, Minister for Manpower, click here

Over 1,500 CEOs, managers, WSH professionals, union leaders, industry partners, workers and their family members attended the launch of the annual National WSH Campaign, which sets the stage for WSH Council’s WSH outreach efforts for the year. Companies can tap on the following WSH resources when planning WSH activities for their employee

WSH Exhibits
The WSH Council’s interactive WSH exhibits highlights common workplace hazards and how you can prevent them. The interactive exhibits cover a range of common WSH hazards pertaining to various sectors, both traditional and new, including working at heights, ergonomics, kitchen safety, safe loading of vehicles, safe lifting operations, slip, trips and falls, occupational diseases, noise-induced hearing loss and Total WSH.

 
WSH Exhibits on Workplace Health

Safety Starts with Me Competition 2016 Showcase
Riding on the theme “I can prevent all injuries and be healthy at work”, this year’s competition aims to spread the message to the wider community so as to raise the level of WSH awareness.

  

If you are interested to bring the WSH exhibits and/or the Safety Starts With Me Competition Showcase to your workplace, click here for more details.

National WSH Campaign Posters and Banners
New posters and banner have been developed for companies in support of this year’s Campaign message.

Support WSH by producing the WSH banner to raise awareness at your workplace.

        
National WSH Campaign                  National WSH Campaign 2016 Banner
2016 Poster

Companies interested to produce the banner for their workplaces can contact Mr David Kong from 3 Degree Productions Pte Ltd at 8183 9011 / 6221 4963.

To find out more on how you can tap on the available WSH resources, please email contact@wshc.sg.

To find out more about this year’s campaign, click here.

Together, we can make our workplaces safer and healthier.