She added: "This applies not only within companies, but also extends to subcontractors and suppliers. Conversely, if the senior management shows little or no interest, it is unlikely that the rest of the company or its associates will take WSH seriously."
John Ng, chairman of the WSH Council, added that helping companies and developers to better understand contractors' commitment to OSH when deciding project tenders would "encourage more contractors to invest in improving their safety and health record".
Teo noted how some companies now require their subcontractors to have bizSAFE Level 3 certification as a minimum -- a practice that government agencies already adopt when they award public construction project tenders.
"When the customer imposes such a requirement, it reinforces the importance of safety and health in the workplace," she said.
"Both sides also stand to gain from reduced downtime due to accidents or costs incurred because of safety lapses."
The Manpower Minister said that the TSC had started to consult with key industry stakeholders, including employers, unions, professional associations, safety officers and workers from different industries on how workplaces can be safer and healthier. She added that a recurring theme from these discussions was that senior management should take the lead in driving WSH.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) visited a site in Preston, Lancashire, in June 2015, where the client, Sherwood Homes, had appointed a principal contractor (PC) to plan, manage and carry out the conversion of a farmhouse and barns into several homes. The inspection found a range of issues, including one labourer working on a poorly erected tower scaffold with no handrail, and another using an angle grinder on the stonework without dust suppression, local exhaust ventilation, or respiratory protective equipment.
The SHE technician apprenticeship is a level three qualification (the equivalent of two A Levels). Completion of the two-year course will enable apprentices to start their career as a safety and health professional and join IOSH at TechIOSH level. It was spearheaded by a working group comprising Balfour Beatty, Costain, High Speed 2, Mitie, Morrison Utilities, Permission Homes, Sapa UK, Sisk, Skanska and Thames Water, to address the impact that technological innovations are having on business working practices.
The figures are based on around 10,000 building site inspections carried out by the construction safety body between January and June this year.They show there were 1,064 work at height and edge protection failings in the first three months of 2018, compared with 1,200 in the second quarter. The total number of failings logged for the whole of 2017 was 4,511, down from 4,568 recorded in 2016.
The WSH2028 Tripartite Strategy Committee (TSC), which was announced by the Ministry of Manpower earlier this year, announced its preliminary recommendations to improve workplace safety at the Singapore Workplace Safety and Health Conference on 29-30 August.
The Environmental Audit Committee has published a new report, Heatwaves: adapting to climate change, in which it makes a series of recommendations to help workers cope in overheating work environments. These include a review of the building regulations for a new standard to prevent overheating in new buildings, as well as formal guidance from Public Health England to employers to relax dress codes and allow flexible working during heatwave alerts.