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National WSH Research Agenda (NWRA)

Is there guidance for researchers interested in Workplace Safety and Health (WSH) topics in Singapore?

WSH-related research has been limited in Singapore. Since the setup of the WSH Institute in Apr 2011, we have facilitated numerous discussions to highlight WSH knowledge gaps and research needs in Singapore. WSH Institute has since produced the first National WSH Research Agenda (NWRA) for 2011 to 2016, and revised for 2015 to 2017.

Following a series of review meetings and consultation, WSH Institute have sharpened our priorities from 2018. To prioritise WSH research work in Singapore, we have revised our National WSH Research Agenda to focus on three key areas: (i) injury prevention, (ii) ill-health arising from and impacting work and (iii) studies to address emerging WSH concerns.

The NWRA 2018 – 2020 will guide researchers to identify projects which will achieve the following goals:

  1. Reduce workplace fatal injury rate;
  2. Reduce workplace major injury rate;
  3. Reduce occupational disease incidence rate; and
  4. Reduce work-related ill-health mortality rate.

Annual reviews will be conducted to ensure that the research agenda remains relevant and addresses new emerging concerns.

Click here for the revised NWRA, 2018-2020


What are the WSH research themes and priorities for Singapore?

The National WSH Research Agenda 2018 – 2020 will focus on three broad themes and nine priority areas 

Theme 1: Injury Prevention

  • Vehicular-related
  • Falls
  • Machinery-related

Theme 2: Ill-health arising from and impacting work 

  • Work-related Musculoskeletal Disorders (WRMSD)
  • Work-related Cardiovascular Deaths
  • Occupational Cancer

Theme 3: Studies to address emerging WSH concerns

  • Ageing Workforce
  • Work Stress
  • Technology and the Changing World of Work