Occupational Safety and Health

Singapore ratifies the Occupational Safety and Health Convention, 1981 (No. 155)

Singapore becomes the 68th ILO Member State to have ratified this key occupational safety and health instrument.

News | 12 June 2019
On 11 June 2019, the Government of Singapore has deposited the instrument of ratification of the Occupational Safety and Health Convention, 1981 (No. 155).

When receiving the instrument of ratification, Mr Guy Ryder, Director-General of the International Labour Office, stated: “I welcome with great pleasure Singapore in joining the 68 member States that have ratified this key occupational safety and health instrument. Through its ratification of Convention No. 155, Singapore is affirming its commitment to pursue and strengthen its efforts in developing a preventative safety and health culture, and improving occupational safety and health in consultation with social partners. In the year the ILO celebrates its centenary, this ratification has a particular significance, and marks a new progression in the ILO Centenary Ratification Campaign launched by the International Labour Office.”

Convention No. 155 is one of the key ILO instruments on occupational safety and health, together with its Protocol of 2002 and the Promotional Framework for Occupational Safety and Health Convention, 2006 (No. 187). Convention No. 155 sets out the basic principles and methodology required for sustained improvements in the management of occupational safety and health. It provides for the adoption of a coherent national occupational safety and health policy, as well as action to be taken by governments and within enterprises to promote occupational safety and health and to improve working conditions.

To date, Singapore has ratified 28 international labour Conventions. For further information, see NORMLEX.