NIOSH Partners with Singapore Safety Institute in Shared Mission of Protecting Worker Health

Feb. 28, 2012
On Feb. 24, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and a Singapore safety institute announced their agreement to work together to further their shared mission of protecting workers' safety and health.

NIOSH and the Workplace Safety and Health Institute of Singapore (WSH Institute) signed a 5-year Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to recognize the importance of research and new knowledge in developing and applying preventive measures in occupational safety and health.

"International cooperation is a critical part of improving the safety and health of all workers," said NIOSH Director John Howard, M.D. "We are excited to cooperate with the Workplace Safety and Health Institute of Singapore and work together to jointly develop a plan of action to increase workplace safety and health across the globe.”

The WSH Institute was created in 2011 by the Singapore’s Ministry of Manpower in partnership with the Workplace Safety and Health Council. Its mission is to advance workplace safety and health through knowledge, innovations and solutions.

Under the new agreement, NIOSH will partner with the WSH Institute to cooperate, subject to the strategic priorities and budgetary resources of each, in defining sound occupational safety and health prevention practices and interventions in the workplace and to implement strategies that expand protection to workers and their communities.

Together, NIOSH and WSH Institute will:

· Discuss opportunities for enhancing staff capacity;
· Explore scientific activities in which they share a common interest, as well as joint publications arising from collaborative efforts;
· Identify opportunities for transferring and promoting occupational safety and health knowledge/findings at training courses or seminars;
· Promote the dissemination of information in the area of occupational safety and health via all types of media;
· Share and exchange occupational safety and health related information resources;
· Identify other areas for future collaboration and the appropriate mechanisms for formalizing those efforts.

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