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[Zoom Webinar] Indonesia: Your Next Manufacturing Destination

15 Jun 2020
Ref No.: 150620 (1) UEN: S97SS0046G   Dear Valued ASPRI Members,   [Zoom Webinar] Indonesia: Your Next Manufacturing Destination     INDONESIA: YOUR NEXT MANUFACTURING DESTINATION   In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, companies would need to relook at and review their manufacturing operations and consider diversifying their global supply chains to more destinations to ensure their supply chains remain resilient to meet the economic challenges.   As such, Singapore Manufacturing Federation (SMF) and Singapore Business Federation (SBF) are jointly organising a webinar titled, “Indonesia: Your Next Manufacturing Destination” in partnership with the Indonesia Embassy in Singapore. The webinar aims to highlight the potential for manufacturing in the East Java province; and also the legal aspects of doing business in Indonesia.   Webinar Details Date: 17 June 2020, Wednesday Time: 3:00pm – 5:00pm Fee: Complimentary   Please click here for registration and more details. Kindly note that registration closes on 15 June 2020, 10:00am. For enquiries, please contact emmelinelam@smfederation.org.sg or renee.boh@smfederation.org.sg.    Please indicate ‘A Member of ASPRI’ beside your company name upon registration.       manufacturing destination

Overcoming COVID-19 Together: Update on SGWorkPass • Webinar on SafeEntry Access Code

15 Jun 2020
Ref No.: 150620 (2) UEN: S97SS0046G   Dear Valued ASPRI Members,   Overcoming COVID-19 Together: Update on SGWorkPass • Webinar on SafeEntry Access Code   UPDATE ON SGWORKPASS APP   With effect from 15 June 2020, the SGWorkPass app has been updated to incorporate TraceTogether. As such, all employees are required to download the latest version of the app. Having the latest version of TraceTogether is now one of the criteria in ensuring the SGWorkPass status of employees be reflected as Green. Please see the appended PDF document for a guide on installing and setting up TraceTogether.   The SGWorkPass app is updated daily and will incorporate any change within a 1 – 2 day period. For further queries, you may write in to MOM_DormExit_Ops@mom.gov.sg.   SAFEENTRY ACCESS CODE BRIEFING   As utilisation of the SafeEntry app in the Process sector is low, The Government Technology Agency (GovTech) is organising a Zoom webinar titled, “SafeEntry Access Code Briefing” to help ASPRI members understand the importance of the logging of check-ins and check-outs in workplaces.   Webinar Details Date: 17 June 2020, Wednesday Time: 11:30am   The agenda is as follow:   •    What is SafeEntry? Explanation of SE NRIC and SE QR. Access code only available on SE-NRIC (SNDGG)  •    How to onboard SE-NRIC and turn on CMP access code feature? Present different access code colour screens and actions that users can take (SNDGG)  •    Avenues of assistance – emails/hotlines (SNDGG) •    Q&A (Panellists will type responses to written Q&A throughout the whole briefing. GovTech will take complex questions verbally) Please click here to register for the webinar. Kindly indicate ‘A Member of ASPRI’ beside your company name upon registration.    

Overcoming COVID-19 Together: Series of Webinars

12 Jun 2020
Ref No.: 120620 (2) UEN: S97SS0046G   Dear Valued ASPRI Members,   Overcoming COVID-19 Together: Series of Webinars   1/5: [WEBINAR] BRIEFING ON SAFEENTRY FOR BUSINESSES  From 2 June 2020, the circuit breaker has ended and Singapore is embarking on a three-phased approach to resume activities safely. Among many measures to minimise the risk of widespread re-emergence of COVID-19 in the community, enhanced safe management practices at workplaces is necessary. Effective implementation of these measures will also help to avoid the need to restore tight restrictive measures subsequently.  SafeEntry is a national digital check-in system which logs visits by employees & individuals to hotspots and venues that have resumed operations. Individuals visiting these premises are required to provide key information (e.g. name, NRIC and mobile number). SafeEntry supports your business by reducing manual effort needed to log the entry and exit of each and every visitor. Join this webinar session as SNDGG shares how businesses can get started on SafeEntry, how it works and some of the common questions businesses have on the system.  Webinar Details: Date: 17 June 2020 Time: 10.00am Price: Free Click here to for more details and to register for the webinar. Note: Do indicate ‘A Member of ASPRI’ beside your company name upon registration. For more information, please to contact Ms. Tan Cheng Teng/Mr. Chris Foo at chengteng@sccci.org.sg / chris@sccci.org.sg . 2/5: [WEBINAR] CHINA’S ROLE IN ASEAN’S POST-COVID-19 ECONOMIC RECOVERY    In this webinar co-organised by Business China and UK-based Asia House, a panel of high-level experts will convene to discuss the role of China in ASEAN’s economic recovery following the COVID-19 pandemic, and the economic and political implications that leaders in the region will need to contend with. This will be the third webinar in Business China's FC Global Business Series, a virtual programme focused on sharing the latest trends and insights concerning China, ASEAN and the world.  Webinar Details: Date: 23 June 2020 Time: 5.00pm Price: Free Click here to for more details and to register for the webinar. Note: Do indicate ‘A Member of ASPRI’ beside your company name upon registration. For more information, please to contact contact@businesschina.org.sg 3/5: [WEBINAR] LEADERS WHO LEARN: PREPARING FOR TOMORROW, TODAY  The health and economic crisis caused by COVID-19 makes leadership development even more of a necessity. What is the best way to accelerate it? What can leaders do to support and guide their teams’ development? In this presentation, our partner HCLI will share the five paradoxes of leadership development and why they matter in accelerating it. The guest speaker will also have recommendations for those of you who:  - Are looking to apply these insights to your own leadership development  - Are managers aiming to enhance your teams’ leadership effectiveness - Can introduce systems and processes needed to facilitate leadership development in your own organisations Webinar Details: Date: 23 June 2020 Time: 3.00 pm – 4.15 pm Price: S$8.00 (U.P. S$12.00) for ASPRI members. Please use Promo Code “LWL8” to enjoy the special rate. Click here to register for the webinar. Additionally, you may click here for more details. Note: Do indicate ‘A Member of ASPRI’ beside your company name upon registration. For enquiries, please contact events@sicc.com.sg.  4/5: [WEBINAR] POST-COVID-19: BUSINESS UPDATES AND OUTLOOK IN MALAYSIA  Foreign investments have always played a key role in the Malaysian economic development. With the global economy in a state of turbulence due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, what opportunities are there for Foreign Investments into the country? For companies who are in the Malaysia market or are planning to venture in, what are some key areas that they should be mindful of? Join our panel of speakers as they share their expertise on updates of the government policies that foreign companies should take note of, the economic outlook of Malaysia in 2020, and the investment opportunities hidden in the global crisis.  KEY TAKEAWAYS •    2020 Economic and Business Outlook of Malaysia •    Opportunities and Updates of the Key Focus Areas and initiatives by the Government in Malaysia -    Impact of COVID-19 on Malaysia’s Economy & Sectors affected -    Malaysia’s Stimulus Package -    Short Term Recovery plan •    Overview of the Investment Outlook, Opportunities and Current Development in Johor WHO SHOULD ATTEND? SME owners who are interested to find out more about the latest economic outlook, updates of government policies and opportunities in Malaysia. Webinar Details: Date: 24 June 2020 Time: 10.00am – 11.45am Price: Free Click here to register for the webinar and for more details.  Additionally, you may click here for more details. Note: Do indicate ‘A Member of ASPRI’ beside your company name upon registration. For more information, please to contact  Ms Kerri Wong / Ms Tiffany Shia at kerri@sccci.org.sg / tiffany@sccci.org.sg 5/5: [WEBINAR] EFFECTIVELY MANAGING MULTIPLE MARKETPLACES ACROSS BORDERS  Many companies face various challenges when venturing into the overseas market, such as unfamiliar rules and regulations, access to in-depth market information and identifying the right business partners. With several B2C eCommerce platforms available to companies nowadays, it is much easier to enter overseas markets and to test in-market demand for their products. However, logistics and customs issues and the handling of too many ecommerce platforms with limited resources present another set of challenges for companies in the e-commerce space, especially when selling their products abroad. Join this webinar to find out how the Multichannel eCommerce Platform (MEP) Solution Programme can assist Singapore companies to manage and scale their eCommerce business both locally and across borders, to provide End-to-End package to gain rapid entry to new markets via multiple eMarketplaces. Webinar Details: Date: 25 June 2020 Time: 3.00 pm to 4.00pm Price: Free Click here to register for the webinar. Additionally, you may click here for more details. Note: Do indicate ‘A Member of ASPRI’ beside your company name upon registration. For enquiries, please contact  Ms Kerri Wong / Ms Tiffany Shia at kerri@sccci.org.sg  / tiffany@sccci.org.sg     

Overcoming COVID-19 Together: Continued Suspension of In-Person WSH Training

11 Jun 2020
Ref No.: 110620 (2) UEN: S97SS0046G   Dear Valued ASPRI Members,   Overcoming COVID-19 Together: Continued Suspension of In-Person WSH Training   CONTINUED SUSPENSION OF IN-PERSON WSH TRAINING   As of 2 June 2020, Singapore has ended the Circuit Breaker and embarked on Phase One of re-opening businesses. However, all in-person Workplace Safety and Health (WSH) training and assessment will continue to be suspended until further notice, as a more cautious approach to minimise physical interactions for higher-risk activities. Only training providers approved and notified by SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG) will be allowed to conduct specified courses with Safe Management Measures (SMM).   Consequently, the mandatory WSH training for work permit holders will continue to be suspended until further notice. This means new foreign workers (those holding In-Principal Approval IPA) will be able to have their work permit issued even if they did not attend the required WSH training.   Similarly, the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) will allow existing work pass holders to renew their work pass without the mandatory WSH training. These requirements will apply until the suspension has been lifted, and the worker has attended the required training within three months (extended from one month previously) after training suspension is lifted.   For more details, please refer to the appended PDF document – Circular on Suspension of WSH Training.  

Overcoming COVID-19 Together: Webinars from SNEF & Petrochemical Update

11 Jun 2020
Ref No.: 110620 (1) UEN: S97SS0046G   Dear Valued ASPRI Members,   Overcoming COVID-19 Together: Webinars from SNEF & Petrochemical Update   SINGAPORE GOVERNMENT ASSISTANCE SCHEMES FOR EMPLOYERS   The Singapore Government has recently announced the Fortitude Budget, the fourth budget of the year, to provide support to businesses and individuals in Singapore during the COVID-19 pandemic. As such, Singapore National Employers Federation (SNEF) has partnered with JustLogin Pte Ltd to produce a webinar on Singapore Government Assistance Schemes for Employers.   The webinar aims to share a summary of manpower-related government support schemes that employers can leverage on, including the latest Digital Resilience Bonus. Take this opportunity to hear from advisors from Workforce Singapore (WSG) and SNEF about programmes like Work-Life Grant, SG United Traineeship Programme and P-Max.   Webinar Details Date: 18 June 2020, Thursday Time: 2:00pm   Please click here for more details and registration. As seats are limited, you are kindly advised to register early to secure seats.   Note: Do indicate ‘A Member of ASPRI’ beside your company upon registration.   PETROCHECMICAL UPDATE’S DOWNSTREAM VIRTUAL   The COVID-19 pandemic has forced various industries, including the Process industry, to adapt to the new norm of running day-to-day operations – from implementing staggered working hours, ensuring proper Safe Management Measures and many more. In light of this, Petrochemical Update, an independent market research and large-scale international petrochemical conferences, has organised Downstream Virtual – a digital conference which aims to provide critical business insights and analysis.   Downstream Virtual consists of various topic items, ranging from: digital integration, sustainability improvements in supply chain, industry research overview and many more. You may view the full event schedule here. Interested members can simply click on the aforementioned link to watch the conference live.   Please note that the conference timing is based on Central Time (CT). When translated to Singapore Standard Time (GMT+8), the first item of the conference will begin on 11th June, 10:00pm. Members can also revisit the link at a later date or time to watch past events.  

[Important Update] AccessCode Status on SGWorkPass App

08 Jun 2020
Ref No.: 080620 (1) UEN: S97SS0046G   Dear Valued ASPRI Members,   [Important Update] AccessCode Status on SGWorkPass App   [IMPORTANT UPDATE] ACCESSCODE STATUS ON SGWORKPASS APP   ASPRI understands that our members have had problems utilising the SGWorkPass app and might be confused as to why the AccessCode statuses of their employees are reflected as either “Grey” or “Red”. Enterprise Singapore (ESG) has provided an update to this issue and we hope this piece of information clarifies your doubts.   Work Pass (WP) holders will be allowed to leave their residential premises for work purposes if the following criteria are met:   1.    WP holders are not under any Stay-Home Notice (SHN) or Quarantine Order (QO), been tested negative for COVID-19, or tested positive earlier but discharged afterwards 2.    WP holders are not residing in dormitories under movement restrictions, and their addresses are updated via Online Foreign Worker Address Service (OFWAS) 3.    Employers of WP holders have obtained approval from relevant lead agencies (i.e. MTI, EDB or BCA) to resume operations   If the above-mentioned criteria are met, the AccessCode status will be reflected as “Green” in the SGWorkPass app. Note that for (2), a mismatch in residence address will cause an issue.   We understand, however, that there are ground confusion over the status of workers as reflected on the SGWorkPass app particularly for workers who had already been working during the Circuit Breaker period. On this note, the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) has advised that if:   a.       Worker has been decanted (i.e. not staying in dorms), b.       Worker has been working during Circuit Breaker, c.       Worker is currently not on SH/QO, or any other movement restrictions, and d.       Employer has MTI approval to operate since Circuit Breaker   These workers can still continue to go to work.   ASPRI encourages members to write in to MOM at mom_dormexit_ops@mom.gov.sg to inform of the issues with the status reflected on the SGWorkPass app for rectification.  

Overcoming COVID-19 Together: Series of Complimentary Webinars

05 Jun 2020
Ref No.: 050620 (3) UEN: S97SS0046G   Dear Valued ASPRI Members,   Overcoming COVID-19 Together: Series of Complimentary Webinars   1/5: [WEBINAR] BUILDING ORGANISATION TRUST IN NAVIGATING THROUGH AND BEYOND COVID-19   Covid-19 is not just another crisis. The fury of Covid-19 will have lasting impact on how organisations work in the future. Leaders need to seek alignment with the rest of the organisation to plan, drive and sustain initiatives for both the short and long run. As leaders prepare for the “new normal”, how can we imbue Trust within the organisation to motivate and enable our people to navigate the unknown, towards organisation success? Webinar Details Date: 10 June 2020 Time: 11.00 am Click here to register for the webinar. Additionally, you may click here for more details. Note: Do indicate ‘A Member of ASPRI’ beside your company name upon registration. For more information, please to contact Ms. Emelyn Wong at emelyn@sccci.org.sg.  2/5: [WEBINAR] HUMAN CAPITAL PRISMS: SHEDDING LIGHT ON “WHAT’S NEXT” FOR A CHANGING WORKPLACE   Specially crafted to address human capital challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic and uncertain business environment, this session will equip business leaders with the latest thinking on human capital practices through the prisms of Ambidexterity, Agility, Appreciative Inquiry and Authenticity. Through these prisms, leaders will learn capacity-building tools needed to optimise human capital in their organisation. Webinar Details Date: 11 June 2020 Time: 11.00am Click here to register for the webinar. Additionally, you may click here for more details. Note: Do indicate ‘A Member of ASPRI’ beside your company name upon registration. For more information, please to contact Ms. Emelyn Wong at emelyn@sccci.org.sg.  3/5: [WEBINAR] SME GROWTH: DIGITAL MARKETING FOR EVERY BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES During this Covid-19 Circuit Breaker period, SMEs faced the challenge of engaging their customers on different digital platforms. Join us in this webinar session to gain some insights of various Digital Marketing strategies and tools that will generate leads for your business! Webinar Details Date: 16 June 2020 Time: 10 am – 12 pm Click here to register for the webinar. Additionally, you may click here for more details. Note: Do indicate ‘A Member of ASPRI’ beside your company name upon registration. For enquiries, please contact Ms. Agnes Tay at email agnestay@smecentre-smf.sg. 4/5: [WEBINAR] EXCUSE ME BOSS, CAN WE TALK ‘HR’?: HOW COVID-19 IS RESHAPING HUMAN CAPITAL MANAGEMENT Singapore SMEs face unprecedented challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. Among other issues, business owners need to navigate a myriad of human resource and workforce challenges. How should they prepare the workforce for the re-opening of their business, when the effects of the circuit breaker measures continue to bear heavily on them? What are the critical considerations for the mid-term, as they recalibrate or make significant changes to mobilise the workforce and plan for the future? What are the essential human resource strategies they need to institute to emerge from the crisis stronger and more resilient? SGTech is partnering IHRP and SBF to organise this event, where Ms Carmen Wee, IHRP Master Professional and a global HR leader, will share her views on: (A) Considerations for SMEs: Immediate priorities (B) The case for change: Pivoting to good HR practices (C) Navigating out of the current situation: Where to begin (D) Mid-term and beyond: Major pillars Webinar Details Date: 17 June 2020 Time: 12.30 pm Click here to register for the webinar and for more details. Note: Do indicate ‘A Member of ASPRI’ beside your company name upon registration. For more information, please to contact info@sgtech.org.sg.  5/5: [WEBINAR] THE ART OF MARKETING AND BRANDING YOUR BUSINESS DURING ECONOMIC UNCERTAINTY You will learn about marketing strategies that will help to improve your sales and how branding will make your business stand out from your competitors. Webinar Details Date: 17 June 2020 Time: 2.00 pm to 4.00pm Click here to register for the webinar. Additionally, you may click here for more details. Note: Do indicate ‘A Member of ASPRI’ beside your company name upon registration. For enquiries, please contact Yu Rong at email yurong.goh@smecentre-smf.sg.

[FREE E-COURSES] Safe Management Officers Training for PCM Sector • Safe Restart Criteria for PCM Employees

05 Jun 2020
Ref No.: 050620 (1) UEN: S97SS0046G   Dear Valued ASPRI Members,   [FREE E-COURSES] Safe Management Officers Training for PCM Sector • Safe Restart Criteria for PCM Employees   [FREE E-COURSES] SMO TRAINING FOR PCM SECTOR • SAFE RESTART CRITERIA FOR PCM EMPLOYEES   The Multi-Ministry Taskforce announced that the Circuit Breaker measures will gradually ease from 2 June 2020. The PCM sector will be allowed to resume work in phases, but in a safe and controlled manner to minimise the risk of a COVID-19 resurgence. To provide a safe working environment and to prevent transmission at the workplace, companies are required to adhere to the COVID-Safe Restart Criteria for PCM companies. ASPRI-IPI is rolling out FREE e-courses via IPI CONNECT for: •    Safe Management Officers (SMO) Training for PCM Sector This course is designed for the appointed SMOs and Safe Distancing Officers (SDOs) to understand the COVID-Safe Restart Criteria for PCM Sector and fulfil their required duties effectively. •    COVID-19 Safe Restart Criteria for PCM Employees This course is designed for all employees working in the PCM Sector to fulfil the criteria of “Employers must carry out talks on good work practices for all workers before commencing work on site, and conduct follow up talks on a regular basis to remind workers. Records on such talks must be provided upon request by a Government inspector.” For more information, please refer to the appended marketing brochures. For enquiries, please email enquiries@ipi.org.sg or call 6795 5700.  

[Important] Updated FAQ on Swab Test • MINDEF e-Newsletter

03 Jun 2020
Ref No.: 030620 (1) UEN: S97SS0046G   Dear Valued ASPRI Members,   [Important] Updated FAQ on Swab Test • MINDEF e-Newsletter   UPDATED FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQS) ON SWAB TEST   Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB) and the Ministry of Health (MOH) have consolidated an updated list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) pertaining to swab tests. Kindly note that this FAQ only applies to regular swabbing (once every two weeks) to continue work. Please click here to view the FAQ.   MINDEF E-NEWSLETTER   The Ministry of Defence (MINDEF)/Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) are doing their part as a nation-wide effort to flatten the curve of COVID-19 infections. On top of implementing measures to maintain operational readiness amidst the COVID-19 outbreak, they have also been actively supporting the national COVID-19 efforts such as the following: •    Activating 1,500 SAF personnel to pack 5.2 million masks for distribution to Singapore households (30 & 31 Jan) •    Providing basic health screening services to foreign workers at dormitories gazetted as isolated areas (Westlite Toh Guan Dormitory and S11 Dormitory @ Punggol) •    Housing 1,300 foreign workers temporarily at parts of Bedok Camp II and Jurong Camp II (From 10 Apr) •    Leading more than half of the Forward Assurance and Support Teams (FAST) deployed at the 43 purpose-built dormitories to assist foreign workers affected by the outbreak Please click here to view e-Newsletter for more details.

Overcoming COVID-19 Together: 40,000 Migrant Workers Cleared of COVID-19 Infections • Cleared Dormitories • New Feature on SGWorkPass App

02 Jun 2020
Ref No.: 020620 (1) UEN: S97SS0046G   Dear Valued ASPRI Members,   Overcoming COVID-19 Together: 40,000 Migrant Workers Cleared of COVID-19 Infections • Cleared Dormitories • New Feature on SGWorkPass App   40,000 MIGRANT WORKERS CLEARED OF COVID-19 INFECTIONS   A total of 40,000 migrant workers have been cleared of COVID-19 infections. This means they have either tested negative, or were tested positive before but have fully recovered and been discharged. They must also be residing in accommodations where fellow residents have been cleared of the virus. About 12,000 of them are essential workers who have been moved out earlier from dormitories into government-provided accommodation facilities and have been working thus far. 20,000 were transferred to the government-provided accommodation facilities after recovering or testing negative. Another 8,000 are residents of the first batch of 60 dormitories that will be declared as cleared with effect from 1 June 2020, 2359 hours. This first batch consists of 3 Purpose-Built Dormitories (PBDs) and 57 Factory-Converted Dormitories (FCDs) and Construction Temporary Quarters (CTQs).   CLEARED DORMITORIES   A cleared dormitory is one where every block within has been declared as cleared of COVID-19 cases. The residents in the cleared blocks/dormitories are workers who have either been tested negative, or were tested positive before but have fully recovered and been discharged. 11 PBDs and 100 FCDs and CTQs are due to be cleared in the coming weeks. They will house an estimated 50,000 cleared workers. The list of cleared dormitories and dormitories to be cleared in coming weeks are available here. NEW FEATURE ON SGWORKPASS APP   In response to requests by dormitory operators and employers to have a way to check the work status of the foreign employees, the Inter-agency Taskforce (ITF) and the Ministry of Manpower (MOM), together with Defence Science and Technology Agency (DSTA) and Government Technology Agency (GovTech), have created a new “AccessCode” feature on the SGWorkPass mobile app. The colour status of the AccessCode takes into account three broad parameters: a)    Worker’s health status – they were tested positive earlier and discharged or have been tested negative; b)    Worker’s work status – the lead agencies (e.g. Ministry of Trade & Industry (MTI), Economic Development Board (EDB) and Building & Construction Authority (BCA)) have granted approval for his employer to resume business operations; and c)    Worker’s residence status – his dormitory or block is cleared, and his address is kept updated. AccessCode will generate on SGWorkPass three colours depending on the worker’s status: •    “Green” status: Worker met all conditions and allowed to leave the dormitory for work; •    “Grey” status: Worker’s employer has not been approved to resume work, or the AccessCode does not apply; •    “Red” status: Worker did not meet one or more of the conditions, and is not allowed to leave the dormitory for work. Please click here to view the appended press release for the AccessCode Conditions and more information.    

[IMPORTANT] Advisory For A Safe And Controlled Restart Of The Process Construction

01 Jun 2020
Ref No.: 010620 (5) UEN: S97SS0046G   Dear Valued ASPRI Members,   [IMPORTANT] Advisory For A Safe And Controlled Restart Of The Process Construction   [IMPORTANT] ADVISORY FOR A SAFE AND CONTROLLED RESTART OF THE PROCESS CONSTRUCTION   The Multi-Ministry Taskforce announced on 19 May 2020 that the Circuit Breaker measures will gradually ease from 2 June 2020. The PCM sector will be allowed to resume work in phases, but in a safe and controlled manner to minimise the risk of a COVID-19 resurgence.  The following documents are appended for your further reading: 1.    Advisory for the PCM Sector 2.    COVID-Safe Restart Criteria for PCM Companies 3.    FAQs for Restart of PCM Sector 4.    COVID-Safe Restart Criteria for EC Plant Owners (for reference) Members can also retrieve these documents at https://covid.gobusiness.gov.sg/safemanagement/sector/ under the ‘Process Construction & Maintenance Sector’ sub-header. We note that not all members’ queries have been addressed in the appended documents. We seek your kind patience as we iron out the remaining details with relevant government agencies. Meanwhile, please take care and stay safe  

[IMPORTANT] COVID-Safe Restart Criteria for PCM Companies

01 Jun 2020
Ref No.: 010620 (2) UEN: S97SS0046G   Dear Valued ASPRI Members,   [IMPORTANT] COVID-Safe Restart Criteria for PCM Companies   As part of the phased and controlled restart of the Process Construction Maintenance (PCM) sector starting 2 Jun 2020, employers must ensure Safe Management Measures (SMM) are implemented to continue working in a COVID-Safe Workforce. EDB Singapore (on behalf of the Ministry of Trade and Industry) has developed a set of guidelines for PCM companies according to the following: A.    Process Construction Services Not Regulated Under The Building Control Act Or B.    Process Turnaround Maintenance Services  For The Petroleum/Petrochemicals And Other Chemicals Manufacturing Sector The guidelines have been further segregated to: 1.    Safe Worksite 2.    Safe Workforce 3.    Safe Accommodation 4.    Safe Transport Members may refer to the detailed guidelines in this document titled ‘Safe Restart Criteria – PCM Companies (Pre-Final)’. Due to the fluidity of the situation, please note that there may be changes to the criteria. If there are updates, ASPRI will send a circular to follow up. Should you have further clarification, please join us at our Zoom Webinar today where representatives from Government Agencies would be present to answer written questions posted by attendees. More details on the webinar below. Webinar Details Date: 1 June 2020, Monday Time: 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm Programme 1.    Overview of current COVID-19 situation (10 mins)        a)    Impact of COVID-19 on the Process Industry        b)    ASPRI’s response to COVID-19 to aid Members (e-Learning modules from ASPRI-IPI) 2. Safe Restart for Process Industry (20 mins)        a)    Preview of SMM for the PCM Sector 3. Q&A (30 mins)        a)    Reps from Government Agencies will be present to answer written questions posted by attendees Please click here to register for the free webinar, if you have yet to do so.  Note: Due to the limited Q&A session, ASPRI will strive to collate unanswered enquiries for offline clarifications with the relevant government agencies.  

[Latest Advisories] Webinar: COVID-Safe Restart Criteria for PCM Companies

01 Jun 2020
Dear Valued ASPRI Members,   [Latest Advisories] Webinar: COVID-Safe Restart Criteria for PCM Companies   ASPRI would like to thank our members for your participation in our webinar earlier today. Please click on the following attachments for your perusal: 1.    Webinar presentation slides 2.    Advisory for PCM Sector 3.    Criteria for COVID-Safe Restart for PCM Companies 4.    FAQs for Safe Restart of PCM Sector 5.    Criteria for COVID-Safe Restart for Plant Owners With these attachments, we believe we will have addressed some of your queries during the webinar this afternoon. For queries that are not addressed, we will continue to work closely and follow up with the respective Government authorities. In the meantime, please take care and stay safe.  

[UPDATE] COVID-Safe Workforce: Registration by 5th June 2020 for Regular Swab Tests in Early June

01 Jun 2020
Ref No.: 010620 (3) UEN: S97SS0046G   Dear Valued ASPRI Members,   Please note that this email shall supersede the earlier one sent out this morning. Please take note of the additions highlighted in yellow.   [UPDATE] COVID-Safe Workforce: Registration by 5th June 2020 for Regular Swab Tests in Early June   As part of the phased and controlled restart of the Process Construction Maintenance (PCM) sector starting 2 Jun 2020, employers must ensure that certain segments of employees undergo regular swab tests to continue working in a COVID-Safe Workforce.  The Health Promotion Board’s online registration system is being developed for employers to book regular swabbing slots. In the interim, manual registration via the steps in this email would be required to secure slots in the first round of regular swab tests starting in early June. This exercise only applies to your PCM employees who meet ALL of the following criteria: i)    PCM Singapore Citizens/Permanent Residents/Employment Pass Holders/S Pass Holders/Work Permit Holders residing outside of dormitories, e.g. HDB, Private Residential Properties, Hotels; AND ii)    Working on a production site, e.g. Project Managers, Engineers, Consultants, Contractors, Supervisors, Technicians, Operators, Craftsmen etc. working on a Process Plant production site or Contractor workshop (please do not include employees who do not work on the production site on an ongoing basis, e.g. HQ personnel, finance, admin, HR etc.); AND iii)    Who are approved by MTI to continue working, AND iv)    Who are not on House Quarantine Order, 5-day MC, Stay Home Notice, or Leave of Absence as at date of swab appointment. The earliest eligible day for a swab appointment is T+4, where T is the day of your registration of the employee.  Do note that the government will waive the cost of required swab tests for PCM sector until August this year. Please follow the steps below to register your eligible employees from 31st May till 5th June 2020: 1.    Complete the this EXCEL form for all employees who fulfil i) to iv) above. Any entries with erroneous information (e.g. faulty NRIC/FIN numbers), missing information, or which do not fulfil the criteria will be disqualified without further notice. 2.    Please rename the Excel as “DDMMM_Company Name_PCM” where DDMMYY refers to the date of submission (e.g. 31 May). Email the following documents to swab@edb.gov.sg a.    Completed Excel Sheet (one submission per company) b.    Screenshot of MTI’s approval to work for your company c.    Screenshot of WPOL account with CPF number to show that your Company has a Process work pass account 3.    Please prioritise your entries. As there are limited slots available, not all requests for swabs may be granted.  4.    A fixed appointment schedule and further instructions would be emailed to you. You would be required to communicate to your employees to attend the allocated appointments at the designated centres. Given the limited time and slots available, changes to scheduled appointments cannot be accommodated.  5.    Employees who fail to show up for their allocated time slot will have to wait for the next available slot two weeks from now, and will not be allowed to continue working from 19 June onwards. Further advisories on the safe restart of the sector will be up on MTI’s website at a later date. Please click here for a brief set of FAQs related to this exercise. Thank you.    

Overcoming COVID-19 Together: Preparing for Safe Working, Safe Living and Safe Rest Days

01 Jun 2020
Ref No.: 010620 (4) UEN: S97SS0046G   Dear Valued ASPRI Members,   Overcoming COVID-19 Together: Preparing for Safe Working, Safe Living and Safe Rest Days   OVERVIEW   The Inter-Agency Task Force (ITF) had earlier announced on 15 May 2020 that in the recovery phases of its operations, it aims to clear dormitories or dormitory blocks housing up to 60,000 migrant workers in the ensuing weeks. The ITF will systematically and progressively clear all remaining dormitories in the coming months, by testing and safeguarding the good health of all residents. MOM and the ITF are working with all stakeholders - dormitory operators, employers, and migrant workers - to make preparations so that workers can be allowed to resume work once their dormitory is cleared of COVID-19 infections. Please see below for the extracted highlights. To view the full press release, please click here.    PREPARING FOR SAFE WORKING AND SAFE LIVING   Step 1: Cleared Blocks/Dormitories The ITF will announce the first batch of Cleared Blocks/Dormitories next week. A Cleared Dormitory is one where every block within has been cleared. The residents in the Cleared Blocks/Dormitories are either workers who had COVID-19 infection and have since recovered, or have been tested negative. These residents have to remain within their block until the following additional steps are completed. Step 2: Actions by Dormitory Operator Dormitory operators are required to complete a checklist to: •    Provide MOM with an up-to-date register of all residents housed in the dormitory. •    Demonstrate ability to implement tight entry and exit controls. •    Show that facility and housing arrangements limit inter-mixing. In particular, the residential blocks must be physically segregated from one another. •    Set aside sick bay beds and isolation facilities to facilitate quick containment if there is an infection. •    Work with employers to plan staggered pick-up and drop-off times.  For more details, please refer to Safe Living Checklist as detailed in the Advisory for Dormitory Operators. Step 3: Actions by Employer Employers are required to: •    Confirm or update the addresses for each migrant worker in the Online Foreign Worker Address Service (OFWAS). •    Show proof of approval by relevant government agencies to resume work. •    Provide dormitory operators with the list of workers who had been approved to start work and plan staggered pick-up and drop-off time by the company's dedicated transport. Step 4: Actions by Migrant Workers Workers are required to: •    Monitor their health and report their daily health status using the MOM FWMOMCare mobile application. •    Update their location and mobile numbers using the FWMOMCare mobile application. •    Download and activate the latest version of the TraceTogether mobile application. MOM will also issue an Advisory for Employers on the additional responsibilities of employers and workers for Safe Living. MOM will be translating the additional responsibilities for workers into their native languages for dissemination. PREPARING FOR SAFE REST DAYS   Besides measures to enable workers to return to work safely, new practices and dormitory arrangements are also needed for their social activities on rest days. The following will apply to Cleared Blocks/Dormitories which have been checked and approved by MOM: Phase One - "Safe Opening" Workers can only leave their dormitories for work, using designated transport provided by their employers. Their employers must ensure that they return to the dormitories immediately after they finish work. On rest days, the workers will be required to remain in the dormitories. Employers must ensure that all their workers living in the dormitories continue to have access to food and daily necessities, regardless of whether they are eligible to work. Phase Two - "Safe Transition" When infection rates in the community and dormitories have been sustained at low levels for a period of time, eligible workers will be able to run errands outside the dormitories on their rest days. To minimise the risk of large group movements, they will do so on staggered rest days and at staggered timeslots. A system will be introduced to enable eligible workers to apply for their preferred timeslots. For a start, they may leave the dormitories for up to two hours on their designated rest days to travel to one of eight Recreational Centres. Dormitories will be required to provide dedicated transport, either on their own or in partnership with one another, to shuttle the workers to and from the Recreational Centres. These arrangements will be regularly reviewed. Phase Three - "Safe Nation" Rest days will continue to be staggered. Eligible workers will be able to leave dormitories for longer durations and to more locations on their designated rest days.                

Overcoming COVID-19 Together: ASPRI and IPI Operations

29 May 2020
Ref No.: 290520 (2) UEN: S97SS0046G   Dear Valued ASPRI Members,   Overcoming COVID-19 Together: ASPRI and IPI Operations   ASPRI AND ASPRI-IPI OPERATIONS In light of the gradual safe re-opening of economy activities, the Government encourages companies to continue to allow their staff to work from home beyond the circuit breaker period. In view of this, the ASPRI Secretariat at TA Hub and ASPRI-IPI will continue to telecommute. The arrangement will be in place until further notice.  Our office phones will still be manned and we are contactable at: •    ASPRI Secretariat - Tel: 6560 5051, Email: admin@aspri.com.sg  •    ASPRI-IPI - Tel: 6795 5700, Email: enquiries@ipi.org.sg   ASPRI will continue to monitor the situation closely and provide updates accordingly. The Association remains committed to serving you and we thank you for your kind understanding and patience.

Overcoming COVID-19 Together: Series of Complimentary Webinars (29 May, 2020)

29 May 2020
Ref No.: 290520 (3) UEN: S97SS0046G   Dear Valued ASPRI Members,   Overcoming COVID-19 Together: Series of Complimentary Webinars   1/4: [WEBINAR] PLANNING FOR FUTURE GROWTH - EXPLORING BUSINESS STRATEGIES & NEW MARKETS   The COVID-19 pandemic is not only a health crisis, it is also a corporate crisis posing heightened uncertainties on the future of many businesses around the world. And as it develops, many companies are reviewing their business strategies and looking for new market opportunities to battle its negative effects on their business. Companies are now assessing their current business and distribution strategies, while seeking answers to these questions: Is our business strategy working? Should we look at new markets in preparation for the upswing? But they have to act quickly. Which must involve major business realignments so they can sustain operations and maintain profitability amid the current crisis. To help businesses navigate the crippling effects of the crisis, we are organizing a series of live webinars entitled: “Planning for Future Growth: Exploring Business Strategies & New Markets”. This webinar series (brought to you by InCorp Group and Orissa International) will be live on stream from June 2nd to 11th, covering key Asian Markets: India, Philippines, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Vietnam and Singapore. Webinar Details Date: from 2-11 June 2020 Time: 4.00 pm to 5.00pm 2nd June ‘20 - Planning for Future Growth: Exploring Business Strategies & New Markets  3rd June ’20 - Exploring Business Strategies and Expanding to India 4th June ’20 - Expanding Your Business in the Philippines in the New Normal 5th June ’20 - Exploring Business Strategies and Expanding to Indonesia 9th June ’20 - Exploring Business Strategies and Expanding to Hong Kong 10th June ’20 - Exploring Business Strategies and Expanding to Vietnam 11th June ’20 - Exploring Business Strategies and Expanding to Singapore Click here for more information and to register for the webinar.  Note: Do indicate ‘A Member of ASPRI’ beside your company name upon registration. For more information, please to contact info@incorp.asia.      2/4: [WEBINAR] BUSINESS LEADERSHIP IN THE ISOLATION ECONOMY: BUSINESS LEADERSHIP IN TROUBLED TIMES   Many businesses are in a state of turmoil. Confronted with cost-cutting and threats to jobs, employees are facing intense pressure. The corporate environment is filled with anxiety. Now, more than ever, the need for leadership is paramount. These times call for a new style of leadership - one that is emotionally-intelligent and visionary, to lead people beyond their overwhelming immediate concerns. Join industry veteran Mr Saw Ken Wye, as he shares insights from his business journey. This webinar will be delivered live. Q&A will follow after the sharing. Webinar Details Date: 4 June 2020 Time: 12.30pm Click here for more information and to register for the webinar. Note: Do indicate ‘A Member of ASPRI’ beside your company name upon registration. For more information, please contact  info@sgtech.org.sg  3/4: [WEBINAR] DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION IN THE ISOLATION ECONOMY: REDESIGNING YOUR BUSINESS PROCESSES FOR DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION Many SMEs see digital transformation as risky, complicated and costly, and therefore impractical, especially in the current economic climate. Contrary to that, current conditions not only make digital transformation important but essential for business survival. Find out how you can use the Operations & Technology Roadmapping (OTR) framework as a planning tool to pivot your business strategy. Companies can use this tool to develop an operation and technology plan for allocating resources to capabilities to meet business and market needs while ensuring that the resource allocation is strategic and positively impacts the business. This webinar will cover: (1) Operations & Technology Roadmapping (OTR) framework (2) Sharing by an industry practitioner on business transformation with digitalisation This webinar will be delivered live, with Q&A following the sharing. Webinar Details Date: 10 June 2020 Time: 12.30 pm Click here for more information and to register for the webinar. Note: Do indicate ‘A Member of ASPRI’ beside your company name upon registration. For more information, please contact  info@sgtech.org.sg  4/4: [WEBINAR] SME GROWTH DIGITAL MARKETING FOR EVERY BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES During this Covid-19 Circuit Breaker period, SMEs faced the challenge of engaging their customers on different digital platforms. Join this webinar session to gain some insights of various Digital Marketing strategies and tools that will generate leads for your business! This webinar is open to all local SMEs to learn more. Webinar Details Date: 16 June 2020 Time: 10.00am Click here for more information and register for the webinar.  Note: Do indicate ‘A Member of ASPRI’ beside your company name upon registration. For more information, please to contact query@smecentre-smf.sg .       

Webinar with ASPRI Members on Safe Management Measures (SMM) for the PCM Sector

28 May 2020
Ref No.: 280520 (1) UEN: S97SS0046G   Dear Valued ASPRI Members,   Webinar with ASRI Members on Safe Management Measures (SMM) for the PCM Sector   UPDATE ON COVID-19 SITUATION AND PREVIEW OF SAFE MANAGEMENT MEASURES (SMM) FOR THE PCM SECTOR   On 19 May 2020, it was announced that Safe Management Measures (SMM) are important requirements to ensure a safe restart after Circuit Breaker (CB) period. Similarly, many members have raised questions on various aspects of safe restart; worker, transport, accommodation and worksite. ASPRI has been working closely with government agencies and the plant owner community to prepare the PCM sector for a safe restart.  Due to the ever-evolving COVID-19 situation, ASPRI does not have full clarity in all aspects of safe restart. However, it is crucial to keep our members updated on the current COVID-19 situation and preview the upcoming SMM for the PCM sector, to allow for better preparation after CB. The programme of the Zoom Webinar is as follows: 1.    Overview of current COVID-19 situation (10 mins)     * Impact of COVID-19 on the Process Industry     * ASPRI’s response to COVID-19 to aid Members (e-Learning modules from ASPRI-IPI) 2. Safe Restart for Process Industry (20 mins)     - Preview of SMM for the PCM Sector 3. Q&A (30 mins)     - Reps from Government Agencies will be present to answer written questions posted by attendees Webinar Details Date: 1 June 2020, Monday Time: 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm Please click here to register for the free webinar. All registrations must be submitted by 29 May 2020, Friday. For enquiries, please contact admin@aspri.com.sg or the under-signed. Due to the limited Q&A session, ASPRI will strive to collate unanswered enquiries for offline clarifications with the relevant government agencies. Meanwhile, we have also appended the first draft of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) based on our initial clarification with ESG for your preliminary reference. We look forward to your participation. In the meantime, please take care and stay safe.                   

Overcoming COVID-19 Together: Fortitude Budget - Support for Workers and Businesses

27 May 2020
Ref No.: 270520 (2) UEN: S97SS0046G   Dear Valued ASPRI Members,   Overcoming COVID-19 Together: Fortitude Budget – Support for Workers and Businesses   FORTITUDE BUDGET – SUPPORT FOR WORKERS   In preparation to gradually resume normal activities and services post-circuit breaker, The Fortitude Budget has just been announced by the Government with the aim to alleviate the financial strains faced by workers. Below are some highlights for your perusal. Enhanced Job Support Scheme (JSS) The JSS will be extended for one more month to cover wages in August 2020. Firms that are not allowed to resume operations will continue to receive 75% wage support until August 2020, or when they can re-open (whichever is earlier). SGUnited Skills Training courses will be available for jobseekers to upgrade their skills while looking for a job. A training allowance of $1,200 per month for a course duration (between 6 to 12 months) will cover basic expenses. This will be rolled out progressively from July. Hiring Incentives There will be hiring incentives for employers which hire local workers who have completed eligible traineeship and training programmes. This will be expanded to cover workers of all ages. For eligible workers under the age of 40, the incentive will be 20% of the monthly salary for 6 months, capped at $6,000 in total. For those 40 and above, the incentive will be 40% of the monthly salary for 6 months, capped at $12,000 in total.   FORTITUDE BUDGET – SUPPORT FOR BUSINESSES The Fortitude Budget also aims to assist businesses with cash flow, costs and credits. Please see below for the important extracted highlights for your reference. Foreign Worker Levy (FWL) Waiver and Rebate The FWL waiver and rebate will be extended by up to months for businesses that are not allowed to resume on-site operations after the circuit breaker. There will be a 100% waiver and $750 rebate in June 2020, and a 50% waiver and $375 rebate in July 2020. Deferment of Higher CPF Contribution Rates The increase in CPF contribution rates for senior workers will be deferred by 1 year, from 1 Jan 2021 to 1 Jan 2022. Cash Grants to Help SMEs with Rental $2 billion in cash grants will help SME tenants with rental costs. Including the tax rebate for 2020, the Government will offset one to two months’ rental for qualifying SME tenants. For more details, please refer to Rental Relief for Tenants. FURTHER INFORMATION For more information about the above-mentioned, please visit go.gov.sg/fortitude or kindly refer to the appended documents for your perusal.

UPDATE] Enhanced Worklife Grant

27 May 2020
Ref No.: 270520 (1) UEN: S97SS0046G   Dear Valued ASPRI Members,   [UPDATE] Enhanced Worklife Grant   [UPDATE] ENHANCED WORKLIFE GRANT   With reference to the circular sent out on 22 May on the Enhanced Worklife Grant, ASPRI would like to refer interested members to https://e2i.com.sg/businesses/work-life-grant/ for more information. Should you require further clarification, please send your enquiry by clicking the “Write to Us” at the bottom of the page. Please DO NOT write to lilian_teo@e2i.com.sg We sincerely apologise for the inconvenience caused. 
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