New Award Category for Workplace Health
77 contractors, operators and organisations were recognised by the Land Transport Authority today for their excellent workplace safety, health and environment management practices in 2019 at the 22nd Annual Safety, Health and Environmental Award Convention (ASAC).
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, the winners of this year’s ASAC were announced online (https://youtu.be/jDFVhIOiYXo).
New Workplace Health Award
2 A new award category – Workplace Health Award – was introduced this year to recognise contractors for their holistic risk management approach. Central to this approach is the promotion of workers’ health through the implementation of the necessary infrastructure and support in accordance with Total Workplace Safety and Health (Total WSH) provisions. Such practices are in line with Singapore’s WSH 2028 vision which places equal emphasis on both workplace safety and workforce health.
3 Samsung C & T and China State Construction Engineering Corporation Ltd won the inaugural Workplace Health Award for demonstrating excellence in implementing health programmes. Under LTA Contract T307, Samsung C & T organised roadshows to promote good health management among workers. They also focused on improving their workers’ health and wellbeing by issuing Personal Kit Bags containing items such as reusable face masks, personal utensils, thermometers, and mosquito repellent and providing IT facilities to allow workers to communicate with their family abroad. Their efforts resulted in creating a more motivated, healthy and safe workforce which enabled them to overcome construction challenges and to achieve project milestones safely and smoothly.
4 China State Construction Engineering Ltd was recognised for effectively implementing targeted health intervention programmes for high risk activities at their workplace under LTA Contract 715. For example, they organised health talks by medical professionals for their workers and conducted temperature screening exercises during daily mass meetings, as well as blood pressure monitoring for machinery operators. The team also organised campaigns to foster greater awareness on workplace health and safety among workers.
5 Besides the two winners of the inaugural Workplace Health Award, 75 other organisations received accolades across the remaining 21 award categories ranging from Construction Safety Excellence to Accident-Free Recognition and Active Mobility Safety Advocacy. Please refer to the Annex for the full list of awardees.
6 ASAC was inaugurated in 1999 to recognise contractors who have been proactive and successful in promoting WSH management practices at their worksites, ensuring high health, safety and welfare standards of workers, and giving due consideration to protecting the public and the environment.