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Managing

Best Practices

Workplace Health and Safety

Introduction

Manpower is a fundamental driver of economic growth in Singapore, and keeping all workers safe and secure is a fundamental responsibility.

Ensuring that all your employees, especially those putting on in years, work in a safe and secure environment is important for your organisational growth. When an older worker does get injured, they tend to sustain more severe injuries and have slower recovery.

Ways to encourage and increase workplace health and safety for older workers:

  • Provide a reasonable level of flexibility for older workers
    This flexibility can be applied to their work schedules, location and tasks. Older workers may have lower stamina and require a longer recovery period when completing tasks. Allowing them to have some form of control or choice over their workstyles can support their needs, boost productivity and morale.
  • Design ergonomically friendly and safe workspaces
    In many ways, creating a safe workspace benefits all employees. An ergonomically friendly workspace is not only necessary for older workers who may have less strength and flexibility, but is also concurrently a healthcare measure for younger employees.

Review ways to adjust working environments and work processes, by changing the work to fit the worker. Ways to do so include:

  • Removing any tripping hazards such as loose cables by investing in under desk cable trays
  • Investing in desk top plug sockets for easy access, especially for those with limited mobility
  • Having height adjustable workstations that accommodate the worker’s height for comfort
  • Outfitting workplaces with new materials such as non-skid floor surfaces
  • Switching to a larger computer monitor to reduce eye strain
  • Providing low or non-glare computer screens
  • Redesign workstations to eliminate reaching, bending or other awkward postures, e.g. changing where materials are located
  • Providing carts for transporting materials and mechanical hoists to eliminate lifting

As the workforce ages, businesses that are unprepared to respond to the changing needs of workers as they grow older might face workplace safety consequences and productivity challenges. By making small adjustments to offset the effects from the ageing process, you can create a safer, healthier and more productive workplace for all workers, especially the older workers.

Workplace Infectious Diseases Education

Empowering your employees to be responsible for their own health and the health of their loved ones can achieve a healthy workforce. One way to do so is to create awareness on countering common communicable diseases through a series of health programmes, such as the Workplace Infectious Diseases Education programme.

What is the Workplace Infectious Diseases Education (WIDE) Programme?

WIDE is a complimentary suite of workplace health programmes offered to workplaces, to create awareness of common communicable diseases such as HIV AIDS, influenza, tuberculosis and hand, foot and mouth disease. These programmes include health talks and workshops.

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