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13 May 2024

Sarah Gideon, Human Resources Online

Singapore: 23 of 70 workplaces sanctioned over non-compliance with enhanced heat stress measures, says Ministry of Manpower

"MOM shaes an update on the effectiveness of enhanced heat stress measures in Singapore,"

Singapore's Ministry of Manpower (MOM) has only received two reports of heat-related incidents since the implementation of its enhanced heat stress measures in October 2023.

The Ministry said this in a recent Parliamentary response to a query on the effectiveness of the measures and how the ministry is working with employers to ensure these measures are sustainable.

"The number of reported heat-related incidents has remained low in the past five years, with no more than five incidents annually", it added. 

When asked about the number of employers who have been issued fines for non-compliance, MOM shared that of the 70 workplaces inspected to ensure compliance with the enhanced heat stress measures, the Ministry has taken enforcement actions against 23 companies for breaches, and has worked with employers to rectify the situation and put in place measures which will protect their workers from risk of heat injury...

The enhanced measures to reduce heat stress for outdoor workers were developed in consultation with the Ministry of Health’s Heat Stress Expert Panel, government agencies, and employer associations such as the Singapore Contractors Association...

"These three companies were issued composition fines or notices of non-compliance, and have since put in place the required measures", MOM shared...