June 12, 2014
Work-related Injury Pain in the neck or back is getting more awareness even with the Singapore government. Work-related Injury Pain has several terminology you may have heard including occupational diseases (or ODs), musculoskeletal disorders (or MSD), or Office Ergonomics injuries. If you are doing a task at work or staying in one position, you are at risk of injury and it could be contributing to your back and neck pain.
How bad is the Work-related Injury Pain situation that has spurred the increased awareness? For starters, work-related injuries in Singapore cost the country $3.5 billion or 1 percent of the country’s GDP. Also, a 2008 survey by the WSH Institute revealed that 6.9% of the 4,500 employees surveyed had a work-related health problem. Believe it or not, work-related musculoskeletal disorders are also the third most common source of occupational disease in Singapore, after deafness and skin disease.
Work-related Injury Pain caused by ergonomic risks in the workplace is now more accurately reclassified from “minor injuries” to “work-related musculoskeletal disorders. The focus seems to be directed at helping companies be aware and upgrade the operation hardware to reduce repetitive lifting or pushing type actions. Obviously, we know we can get repetitive type injuries in the way we sit for long hours in front of the computer.
So how is the government involve in promoting and encouraging companies to improve ergonomics in the work place?
The WSH Council will help employers manage and prevent such issues by raising awareness.
Besides the reclassification, the council will launch workplace and online resources to raise awareness on good ergonomic practices.
Companies can apply for the relevant funding under the WorkPro programme administered by the Singapore National Employers Federation (SNEF) and the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC).