World Congress on Safety & Health at Work 2017
As our Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong called for Singaporeans to adopt a healthy and active lifestyle in the latest National Day Rally, Singapore also played host to the XXI World Congress on Safety and Health at Work 2017. This 4-day congress is organised by the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) alongside the International Social Security Association (ISSA) and International Labour Organization (ILO).
This annual congress aims to provide a forum for the exchange of knowledge, practices and experience between participants with the aim of promoting safety and health at work, amongst other objectives. On the first day of this congress, Mr Ho Siong Hin, President of XXI World Congress on Safety and Health 2017 and current Commissioner for Workplace Safety and Health, graced the opening ceremony. Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong was also invited as the guest-of-honour.
Singapore Health Promotion Board (HPB) was in-charge of the symposium titled ‘Bringing impactful health and safety programmes to workers at their door-steps’ on 6th September 2017. TMC Academy is honored to be invited by HPB as a speaker to share our experience in the segment ‘Cultivating a Healthy Working Environment – A Small, Medium Enterprise’s journey towards workers’ wellbeing’. Dr Chin, Executive Chairman, represented TMC Academy at the symposia. Here are some highlights of his speech:
- At TMC Academy, we strongly believe that a healthy staff force drives a healthy company that will help us to achieve our goals in our vision, mission and company’s core value and culture. We also believe that as an employer, if we take care of our staff’s well-being, we will get positive and happy staff that will help us to sustain our growth in this highly competitive world.
- Our continuous efforts in organizing activities and implementing new initiatives have brought us multiple recognition awards from HPB. Most recently, we have been nominated for the Singapore Health Award Excellence Award.
- Moving forth, we plan to increase collaboration with health care providers and organise more workplace fitness programmes.
- With the continuous support from HPB and colleagues, and with some experience of our health and safety committees, we will continue to play our part in shaping a healthy company and hopefully make a small difference in shaping a healthy nation.
Our symposia fellow speakers also shared their experience in implementing health and safety programmes in the workplace. Apart from the challenges faced in Singapore, we were also given the privilege to hear from the international speakers on their respective national perspectives about their knowledge, practices, experience and challenges in promoting safety and health at work. The Dialogue Session allowed participating delegates to ask the speakers questions and share their views. It was interesting and heartwarming to know that world leaders and employers are concerned about the safety and health of their people and are putting in effort to build a solid foundation in promoting such environment at work. The symposia unanimously concluded that a healthy worker is a safe worker who will also be a happy individual at the workplace and at home.
From left to right:
Sim Beng Khoon
Director, Workplace Health & Outreach
Health Promotion Board, Singapore
Dame Carol Black, DBE
Expert Adviser on Health and Work to NHS England and Public Health England, United Kingdom
Chin Kon Yuen
Executive Chairman, TMC Education Corporation Ltd
Superintendence of Social Security, Ministry of Labour and Social Security, Chile
Mr Ong Kim Pong
Regional CEO Southeast Asia
PSA Corporation Ltd
The closing ceremony on 6th September 2017 was conducted by Mr Lim Swee Say, Minster of Manpower.
At the end of the congress, we received an appreciation note from Ms Neo Yi Lin, Assistant Director at HPB, Workplace Health Division,
“I’ve been inspired by all your presentations, and I think the other participants in the packed room will agree with me as well. Dr Chin’s presentation on TMC’s work sets an example to SMEs nationally that resource constrains can be overcome with good.”
With that, we are looking forward to more milestones in this work safety and health journey.