The Straits Times
Published on Sep 13, 2012

Fund to help SMEs focus on workers' safety

Firms can get up to $30k to hire consultants to assess workplace safety


Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) can now apply for grants to engage consultants to design and implement plans to make their workplaces safer.

Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam said on Wednesday that the Government will pump $8 million into the CultureSafe fund over the next three years.

The money will allow an estimated 250 SMEs to each get grants of up to $30,000 to hire safety and health consultants. These consultants will assess standards at their workplaces and plan initiatives such as talks and workshops for staff.

The Workplace Safety and Health (WSH) Council, a statutory body under the Manpower Ministry, will administer CultureSafe. Mr Tharman said the fund aims to help more businesses create a "pervasive culture that places workers' safety and health first".