News Recap

9 May to 15 May

15 May 2020

1. Implementing SafeEntry and Safe Management Practices

The Multi-Ministry Taskforce had earlier announced a set of safe management practices and technologies for individuals and businesses to adopt to support the safe and gradual resumption of normal activities.

As announced previously, businesses and services that are in operation must come on board SafeEntry to log the check-in of employees and visitors. As a start, deployment will be made mandatory for places where individuals are likely to be in close proximity for prolonged periods. To date, SafeEntry has been deployed at over 16,000 premises.

The list of facilities/places where SafeEntry must be deployed is found in this Annex. The list will be updated here as more activities and services resume.


2. Leveraging Medical Technologies to Monitor Health of Foreign Workers More Effectively

The Inter-agency Task Force (ITF) had announced that it will focus on three phases to ensure the health and well-being of workers residing in dormitories.

In the first phase, safe distancing measures were implemented in dormitories. Works in essential services were relocated so as to reduce the density and thus the risk of transmission of COVID-19 in the dormitories. They were also progressively tested so they could continue working safely.

In the second phase, a medical support plan, with the necessary infrastructure and personnel, was put in place. Public and private healthcare partners have come together to deliver a layered medical support plan, to ensure access to good and timely medical care in dormitories.

The third phase is the recovery phase. The ITF are working out ways to allow recovered workers to resume work safely. At the same time, the ITF is also developing new strategies and ways to monitor the health of the workers effectively.


3. Guide to SME Grants and COVID-19 Measures to Support Businesses in Singapore

Over 8,500 business entities closed in April and more could go under, as the problem of COVID-19 persists. Much like supporting its citizens, the Singapore government has also introduced support measures to help businesses during these difficult times.

The Singapore government is also committed to helping SMEs grow in Singapore. Grants have been made available for SMEs to apply for. Click "Read More" to view the list of support measures and grants that are available.


4. WSH Alert Accident Advisory

Last week, there were 2 advisories issues by the Workplace Safety and Health (WSH) Council.

First Quarter 2020 National WSH Statistics

The first quarter of 2020 (1Q 2020) saw fewer fatalities, injuries and occupational diseases compared to 4Q 2019. The 12-month rolling fatal injury rate per 100, 000 workers, however, saw an increase from 1.1 in 4Q 2019 to 1.2 in 1Q 2020, given more fatal injuries in the past 6 months than in the first 6 months of 2019.

The Construction sector and Transportation and Storage sector were the top contributing sectors to the 12 fatal injuries in 1Q 2020, with 3 cases each. The Construction sector was also the top contributing sector for major injuries with 21 cases, followed by Manufacturing sector with 20 cases.

Please click here to view the full bulletin.

Accident Advisory: Worker fell from ladder

On 6 March 2020, a renovation worker was at a private dwelling to patch the ceiling. He was later found on the floor lying on an A-frame ladder which had toppled. The worker was conveyed to a hospital where he passed away.

Please click here to view the Recommendations and Risk Assessment.

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