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Current Research Projects

Enhancing Vehicular-Related Safety for Heavy Vehicle Drivers and Vocational Riders (EVeR SAFE)

Ever Safe

This project aims to find out and quantify the organisational risk factors, such as work arrangements and company practices, that contribute to the risk of work-related traffic accidents amongst heavy vehicle drivers and vocational riders. Besides in-depth interviews, the study also involves a cross-sectional study to survey employers and employees of heavy vehicle and rider companies.

Preventing Falls in Construction Sites (PreFICS)


This research project aims to understand the underlying human and organization factors which are perpetuating unsafe working at heights e.g. working where edge protection is sub-standard or missing, not using personal protective equipment (PPE); and the reasons why existing Fall Prevention Systems (PFS) and Personal Fall Arrest Systems (PFAS) are not preventing falls.

Preventing Amputations Caused by Machinery (PACMan)


This research project aims to understand the underlying organizational and human risk factors for major workplace injuries causing amputation and whether a combined solutions and guidance program for machine guarding and the implementation of safety team in small companies will be effective in reducing amputation injury risk.


Effective Solutions for Ageing Workforce (ESAW)


This research project aims to understand the profile of workers aged 50 years and above who suffered from work injuries and work-related ill-health. It will identify effective and practical workplace interventions that could prevent work injuries and ill-health and days away from work for mature workers. By doing so, we hope to enhance the work ability of these workers to cope better with their job requirements so that they can be meaningfully engaged.

Study of Electrostatic Discharge Hazards Related to Flammable Liquid Transfer Operations in Intermediate Bulk Containers (IBCs)


This research project is a collaboration between WSH Institute and Major Hazards Department of the Ministry of Manpower and the Institute of Chemical and Engineering Sciences (ICES), A*STAR. The study aims to:

  1. identify risk factors for the build-up of electrostatic charges and its associated hazards during transfer of flammable liquids to/from plastic IBCs;
  2. identify the conditions under which plastic IBCs can be safely used to store flammable liquids and their usage limitations; and
  3. identify solutions to prevent or reduce build-up of electrostatic charges

Study on Occupational Cancers in Singapore

Occupational Cancer

In this project, the WSH Institute will study the profile of occupational cancer cases in Singapore, and identify the work activities with high exposure to carcinogens at the workplace. We would also identify challenges in preventing occupational cancers and provide recommendations for policy and programme review purposes.  

Development of psychosocial risk factors instrument in a multi-ethnic Asian working population in Singapore


This research project is conducted by WSH Institute in partnership with Changi General Hospital, Health Promotion Board, Institute of Mental Health and the Workplace Safety and Health Council.  It aims to develop and validate a workplace psychosocial health assessment tool called iWorkHealth. Companies can use the web-based iWorkHealth to determine the prevalence of work stress, identify the workplace stressors and monitor the effectiveness of their preventive measures.

Smart Worksites, Safer Workplaces (SW2)


The Ministry of Manpower, Occupational Safety and Health Inspectorate, together with WSH Institute are jointly working on a research study to look into technologies that can make Singapore worksites safer.  The purpose of the study is to find out how local companies have adopted technologies at their construction worksites to improve workplace safety and health, its challenges and what companies can do to overcome it, the opportunities and also to paint the vision of what a smart worksite could be like in 5 to 10 years’ time.  

Prototyping Total WSH Services Centre at Woodlands East Industrial Estate

Prototyping total wsh services centre

On 1 July 2017, WSH Institute embarked on a prototype to set up an on-site Total WSH Services centre in an industrial park with 475 SMEs employing about 3000 workers, to determine the feasibility and effectiveness of a cluster model for service provision.  All tenants and workers in the industrial park have access to Total WSH services provided by a multi-disciplinary team.  Services include one-on-one counselling and advice on WSH matters, promotional activities, basic health screening, etc.  In addition, 50 SMEs are hand held to complete at least one cycle of the Total WSH cycle.

Study On WSH Ownership Leading to a Mindset and Behaviour Change


WSH Institute and Nanyang Technological University, Singapore are studying the interaction of individual, cultural and organisational factors, and how they could influence greater ownership of workplace safety and health (WSH) outcomes in Singapore. The study aims to identify the success factors, test interventions and propose recommendations to inculcate greater industry ownership so as to advance WSH performance. 

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