WSH Forum for Healthcare 2023
09 Feb 2023
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
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The WSH Forum for Healthcare 2023 focused on caring for the well-being, safety, and health of healthcare professionals, whose pace of work has been unrelenting since the pandemic.
Senior Minister of State (SMS) for Manpower Zaqy Mohamad graced the event, where he shared that from 2020 to 2022, the number of major and minor injuries in the healthcare industry had increased. Pointing out that Slips, Trips, and Falls and Over Exertion were the top two causes of injuries in the healthcare industry, he called for healthcare institutions to introduce safeguards.
Focusing on the mental well-being of healthcare workers, SMS Zaqy called on organisations to better support their employees through the use of the iWorkHealth tool.
SMS Zaqy also commended 19 healthcare institutions with workplace mental well-being programmes who participated in the Care Challenge. Some of these initiatives included a wellness programme where staff was able to share their culture and native food with colleagues, and a peer support system to help workers manage stress.
During the Forum, 13 representatives from healthcare institutions, associations, and a union demonstrated their collective commitment towards caring for healthcare workers by pledging to Vision Zero.
• CEO, Agency for Integrated Care
• President, Healthcare Services Employees’ Union
• CEO, IHH Healthcare Singapore
• CEO, Mount Alvernia Hospital
• Group CEO, National Healthcare Group
• Group CEO, National University Health System
• Singapore Deputy Managing Director, Raffles Medical Group
• President, Singapore Chinese Physicians’ Association
• President, Singapore Dental Association
• President, Singapore Medical Association
• President, Singapore Nurses Association
• President, Singapore Veterinary Association
• Group CEO, SingHealth
Participants were also briefed on revisions to the WSH Guidelines for Healthcare, which now provides actionable guidance on areas such as addressing workplace harassment and handling infectious diseases. There were also two panel discussions, on Improving Mental Well-being at the Workplace and Managing Workplace Harassment.
In drawing the Forum to a close, Dr Eugene Soh, Chairman of the WSH Council (Healthcare) Committee, reminded healthcare leaders and professionals of the importance in caring for one another, so that they may better care for their patients. He further encouraged the industry to continue to innovate and use technologies to enhance workplace safety and health.
Close to 400 participants, consisting of representatives and professionals from healthcare institutions, associations, and unions, attended the hybrid event organised by the WSH Council on 9 February 2023.
Read the Opening Address by Mr Zaqy Mohamad for the WSH Forum for Healthcare 2023.
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Join the Vision Zero pledging for the Healthcare Industry.