Ministry of Manpower Singapore and Great Britain’s Health and Safety Executive sign agreement on closer ties and shared learning

HSE’s Chief Executive Officer, Dr Richard Judge, met with Ministry of Manpower (MOM) Singapore’s Permanent Secretary, Loh Khum Yean, to commit to working together to drive world-class innovation, science and specialist expertise around health and safety in both countries.

A formal Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) has been agreed, marking a commitment between the two organisations in a partnership to share knowledge, experience and facilities in pursuit of excellence in work-related health and safety and to support economic growth in both countries. The agreement provides a framework for the UK and Singapore to share scientific and regulatory knowledge, experience and good practice and develop joint initiatives to promote excellence.

President Tan of Singapore visited the UK in October 2014, where he acknowledged the economic advantages for both nations in building strong relationships, particularly in cutting edge research, science and technology.

Permanent Secretary Loh Khum Yean said: “This marks the beginning of a long-term partnership in which Singapore and the UK can learn from each other and build world-class knowledge through joint research programmes.”

MOM works closely with the Workplace Safety and Health Council and the Workplace Safety and Health Institute to improve WSH standards in Singapore.

Dr Richard Judge said: “Between our two countries, we have a wealth of valuable research, technology and science underpinning our regulatory systems. By working together, we can combine our world-class knowledge and learning and ensure both countries can take the lead in developing sustainable, healthy and safe working environments, as our economies evolve and new technologies develop.”

Notes to editors:

  1. The Health and Safety Executive is Britain’s national regulator for workplace health and safety. It aims to reduce work-related death, injury and ill health. It does so through research, information and advice, promoting training, new or revised regulations and codes of practice, and working with local authority partners by inspection, investigation and enforcement.
  2. HSE’s research, technology and science capability is embodied in its Health and Safety Laboratory, which can trace its history back more than 100 years, to when it was established by Winston Churchill to research the safety of coal mines. Since these early beginnings, it has flourished – joining the newly created Health and Safety Executive in 1974, providing much of the scientific evidence which underpins the UK regulatory approach.

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