One of the biggest challenges that the Singapore government is facing is reviving the economy in the middle of the covid-19 outbreak.
Currently they have taken a series of biosecurity measures that must be implemented in the public sector as in private companies.
In the following, we will discuss some of those biosafety strategies applied in Singapore and what are the mechanisms established for the business sector to join these measures.
Measures of the safe transition phase
Since July 1, the government announced new measures to continue the plan to gradually reopen commercial premises, companies and other workplaces.
Within the safe transition plan, the health sectors, tour operators, restaurants, religious centers, among others, are the main ones involved.
To this, stakeholders made a commitment to stick to sector-specific hygiene and sanitation checklists ranging from:
- Safe distance.
- Good personal hygiene practice
- Wearing face masks
- Frequent hand washing
- The use of hand sanitizers.
- Know and spread the measures adopted
- Have hygiene and sanitation certifications.
Importance of Biosafety protocols
Right now the world is facing a pandemic that has affected the global economy, faithful compliance by sectors can help mitigate the effects of the virus.
Companies are the perfect setting for the spread of Covid-19, due to crowds in workplaces.
Consequently, it is the duty and responsibility of the owners to ensure proper compliance of the biosafety protocols established by the Singapore government.
In order to avoid further exposure of workers to the virus and other infections.
The International Labor Organization reaffirms these principles as it considers that many workers go to their jobs.
“Prevention and control measures must be a priority to protect the world of work from exposure to this biological risk and avoid new infections,” says the agency.
Currently, Singapore has implemented a gradual revival of the economy in order to guarantee health measures for public and private workers.
Migrant worker outbreak
Singapore was praised by international health experts for its initial response to the virus in the first months of the pandemic.
However, an outbreak among migrant workers living in dormitories, made the city-state become one of the most infected countries in Asia at the moment with more than 50 thousand confirmed cases.