16 Feb 2012, Ref: 1112211
bizSAFE Convention 2012
- 10,000 now on bizSAFE
- More done to help and recognise SMEs
At the fourth bizSAFE Convention held today, the Workplace Safety and Health (WSH) Council highlighted that the bizSAFE programme had brought on board more than 10,000 companies. This is a significant milestone as more companies are discovering the importance of WSH and the value of bizSAFE certification.
Guest of Honour Mr Tan Chuan-Jin, Minister of State for Manpower and National Development, highlighted the need for companies to better manage WSH so as to keep their employees safe and avoid undesirable outcomes from work incidents. He spoke of the various ways available to help SMEs, including the Risk Management Assistance Fund (RMAF), bizSAFE, government subsidized training as well as online resources provided by the WSH Council.
New licensing scheme for crane and scaffold contractors
Mr Tan also announced a new licensing scheme for Approved Crane and Scaffold Contractors. In line with the government’s direction to make licensing processes easier, MOM will be placing these contractors on a lifelong licensing scheme and will no longer need to submit renewal forms or pay renewal fees biennially. From 1 April this year, these companies will be ported to the new scheme upon the expiry of their existing licenses. They can maintain this license by renewing their bizsAFE Level 3 certification every three years.
Inaugural bizSAFE Awards recognise 14 companies
Attended by more than 800 participants at Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel, the annual bizSAFE Convention also saw Mr Tan presenting the inaugural bizSAFE Awards to the winners. This year, the bizSAFE Awards recognise exemplary efforts by 14 companies including 10 SMEs who did not have any incidents last year and showcased good risk management. The full speech by Mr Tan is HERE.
New "Adopt-a-nursing-home" initiative
In the closing segment, Acting Chairman of the WSH Council also reiterated the importance of WSH to businesses as well as highlight a pilot "Adopt-a-Nursing Home" initiative by the WSH Council in collaboration with the Agency for Integrated Care. To read his speech, please click HERE.
Poll: Would you like a mobile version of the iWSH Portal?
To enhance readability and usability on phones and tablets, the Workplace Safety and Health (WSH) Council is seeking your option on the usefulness of a mobile version of the iWSH Portal. Go to www.wshc.sg and tell us your opinion under the “Quick Poll” on the left column. We look forward to your participation by 29 Feb.
Process Safety Management Workshop
The Institution of Engineers Singapore (IES) and Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) is co-organising a workshop, "To Enhance the Process Safety Management Framework for Singapore" on 24 Feb 2012. The workshop will bring key industry stakeholders and players from the regulatory side to examine the current state of play in many sectors. It will review the latest practices and identify enhancements to fill potential competency gaps, thereby ensuring the ability to conduct safe and reliable design, operation and maintenance.
Date: 24 Feb 2012 (Fri)
Time: 8.00a.m. - 2.00p.m.
Venue: Capricorn, L1, Marina Mandarin Hotel
Fees: $150 (IES/ IOSH/ SLP/ SISO members)
For event details and registration, please click HERE. For enquiries, please contact IES at 6469 5000/ 6461 1231 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
SCIC Annual Dinner 2012 and Responsible Care Awards Presentation 2011
The Singapore Chemical Industry Council (SCIC) will be organising their Annual SCIC Responsible Care 2011 Awards Presentation concurrently with their Annual Dinner on 22 Mar 2012. The Responsible Care Awards recognise the efforts of the Responsible Care signatory companies towards continual improvement in Health, Safety and Environmental performances.
Date: 22 Mar 2012 (Thu)
Time: 7.00p.m. (Registration will commence at 6.00p.m.)
Venue: Mandarin Orchard Singapore
Grand Mandarin Ballroom Foyer, Level 6
333 Orchard Road, S(238867)
Fees: S$100 (SCIC members)
For event details and registration, please click HERE. For enquiries, please contact the SCIC secretariat office at 6267 8893 or email email@example.com