Total WSH

Find out what Total Workplace Safety and Health (Total WSH) is and how you can implement it in the workplace.

What is Total WSH 

Total Workplace Safety and Health (Total WSH) is an approach that looks at work, safety and health together, as these areas are closely interrelated. For example, companies with good work processes have fewer accidents and cases of ill-health at work. This leads to better physical and mental well-being. It also results in increased productivity as companies that focus on safety have fewer employee injuries and companies with healthy workers tend to enjoy reduced absenteeism and are less likely to be involved in accidents arising from poor health. 

Visit our microsite for National WSH Campaign and webpage on Mental Well-being Campaign to get some tips on improving your employees’ health, and to find out more about managing diseases and lifestyle to create a healthier and happier workforce. 

Watch the video about improving the safety and health of workers.

Benefits

The benefits of Total WSH include:
• Healthier and more effective workforce. 
• Safer workplaces and fewer employee injuries.
• Improved quality of life for employees.
• Improved employee engagement and retention.
• Improved productivity and business performance.
• Reduced absenteeism rates and healthcare costs.

study on Singapore companies found that employees in companies that managed safety and health together at the workplace were:

Chia, S. E., Lim Wah, J., Judy, K. S. G., Yoong, J., Lim, R. B. T., & Chia, K. S. (2015). A Study on the Comprehensive and Integrated Workplace Safety and Health Services in Singapore. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 57(9), 958-964.

Case Example

A construction company was managing one of the worksites under the Thomson-East Coast Line (TEL) project. It embarked on the Total WSH Programme, following the Assessment-Intervention-Monitoring and Evaluation process, and implemented the following interventions:

Intervention #1 – Chronic Disease Management
More than 45% of the company’s workers were overweight. 50% of its workers between 20 and 44 years old complained of at least one chronic condition. 

Why manage chronic diseases?

  • Generate savings by reducing hospital admissions and costly treatment of complications
  • Reduce impact on productivity from less or reduced absenteeism
  • Ensure a safer work environment with employees whose medical conditions are in check

* Chronic diseases when left uncontrolled can result in safety incidents, especially for work-at-height activities.

Intervention #2 – Heat Stress Management
Another area of concern was the constant exposure to sun, resulting in heat stress. 
What can be done to reduce heat stress?
Monitoring of wet bulb globe temperature can be introduced to better schedule water breaks to prevent heat stress. Water points can also be added to improve workers’ access to drinking water throughout the day. 
Intervention #3 – Musculoskeletal Conditions Management
More than 10% of the company’s workers were found to have musculoskeletal conditions. These workers suffered from lower back pain, which affected their productivity. 
Why look into ergonomics?
Body pain that the workers experienced could have been caused by work or made worse by work e.g. manual lifting of heavy objects and working in awkward postures for extended periods of time.

Pain can affect a worker’s performance at work – affecting his/her ability to lift things or conduct work in specific positions e.g. welding. If such pain is ignored, the worker would risk getting injured, and as a result, need to take time off work, affecting his/her productivity.

By improving the ergonomics of workers during execution of tasks and introducing programmes that teach them practical tips like proper manual lifting techniques, the risk of pain and musculoskeletal injury can be reduced. 

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