About the Vision Zero MovementLaunched in 2015, this ongoing movement calls for the commitment of everyone – employers, workers, unions and the government – to embrace a mindset that all injuries and ill-health at work are preventable and a belief that zero harm is possible. This starts with a strong culture of WSH and a mindset shift from fault finding to one that focuses on finding solutions to prevent injuries and ill health, so that everyone can go home safe and healthy.
Who May JoinWe welcome all companies based and operating in Singapore to join this movement.
BenefitsIt makes good business sense to pay attention to WSH. Benefits of companies that actively prevent accidents include the following:
• A strong safety performance translates into strong business performance;
• Positive corporate reputation for good governance and operational integrity; and
• Avoid prosecution and claims for damages or work injuries.
How to Embark on Your Vision Zero Journey
If your company is located on Jurong Island, you can join the Jurong Island Vision Zero Cluster. Otherwise, you can start your Vision Zero journey through these six steps:
Step 1: Make a commitment
Get your senior management to send clear signals that they are committed to bringing their employees home safe and healthy. How they lead is crucial, as they set the tone for the company's culture and play a key role in raising the company's WSH capabilities.
Make WSH a core value, so that everyone in the company is aligned. Leaders can even influence suppliers, manufacturers, contractors and clients to commit to WSH.
Step 2: Set a goal
Get your management to set concrete goals. Goals can be as broad as zero fatalities or injuries, or as specific as reducing workplace injuries by 20% in two years.
To achieve these goals, seek sufficient resources from management to establish effective WSH management systems and processes.
Step 3: Communicate the goal
Get your management to communicate their targets to employees and stakeholders, so that everyone is aligned to the same goals. For example, management can organise briefing sessions or forums, and walk the ground to show that they are committed to the target.
To keep your employees and stakeholders engaged, your senior management should regularly communicate with them on:
• WSH challenges
Step 4: Identify WSH challenges
Identify your industry’s and company's key WSH challenges. For example, construction companies may identify fall from heights as their main concern. Your senior management should also determine risks and hazards holistically, as individual risk factors may have an impact on each other.
Set specific targets on when and how to meet the WSH challenges.
Step 5: Find solutions
Eliminate risks wherever possible. For example, a restaurant might identify slips, trips and falls as its main WSH issue. To prevent slippery floors in the kitchen, it may put in processes to ensure that floors are kept clean and dry.
If elimination is not possible, you should look into measures to control the risks.
Step 6: Review and monitor progress
Review and monitor progress to ensure that your company’s goals and targets are still relevant, and it is on track to achieve its goals.