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Singapore skills guide unveiled for OSH professionals

A new skills guide to help workplace safety and health officers in Singapore enhance their generic and technical competencies has been unveiled by industry collaborators. 

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Launched at the Workplace Safety and Health Officers Conference at the Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre on 24 October, the framework will provide officers with information on the existing and emerging skills that are required, particularly in technology, and also includes a list of training programmes to upgrade skills.

According to The Straits Times, SkillsFuture Singapore, Workforce Singapore and the Workplace Safety and Health Council jointly developed the framework, together with employers, industry associations, and education and training providers.

The skills guide has been designed to help around 4,700 registered workplace safety and health officers progress their careers. The number has more than tripled since 2006 when there were 1,300 officers.

Manpower minister Josephine Teo told the conference that workplace safety and health officers were critical in helping the city state to achieve its 2028 workplace safety and health goals, which includes reducing the workplace fatal injury rate to less than one for every 100,000 workers.

The framework covers 53 existing and emerging technical skills and another 18 generic competencies. The emerging skills include cloud computing application, data synthesis, and technology infrastructure management and integration.

“We see a lot of potential for you to build safer workplaces by incorporating technology into work processes or training,” said the minister.

She added that the framework would enable officers to better plan and make informed decisions about career development.

“Companies, too, can benefit, in terms of competency-based recruitment and more effective training plans.”



Nic Warburton is acting editor, IOSH Magazine

 Nick Warburton was previously acting editor of IOSH Magazine. Before that he was editor of SHP and he has also worked on Local Authority Waste and Recycling and Environmental Health Practitioner

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