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DIRECTORY OF CERTIFIED COMPANIES IN SINGAPORE 2019
RAISING THE BAR FOR HEALTH AND SAFETY IN
WORKPLACE
C hronic diseases and conditions are on the rise worldwide. An ageing population, an expansion in the urban middle class and the lifestyle changes urbanisation brings are contributing to chronic diseases, the leading cause of death around the
world.
According to Singapore’s Ministry of Health, cancer, pneumonia, Ischaemic heart diseases
are more than 1,300 international standards covering the broad spectrum on health, from public health and medical devices to health informatics and traditional medicine. More are being developed.
How can standards on health possibly bene t us, you may wonder?
For the industry, health standards ensure consistency. Healthcare providers, national governments and manufacturers bene t from not having to comply with multiple speci cations and requirements for different markets.
For consumers, ISO standards can safeguard consumer interests by ensuring good quality care and safe and reliable products and services.
At a time of escalating healthcare costs, the ISO is developing a new series of standards targeted at helping organisations reduce the costs of health facilities.
Said Lee Webster, secretary of ISO/TC 304, a healthcare organisation management, “Healthcare organisations account for around 10% to 20% of the world’s GDP, and the lack of standardisation in their organisation management practices means there is room for improvement, particularly across international boundaries.
“A new series of standards in development will help to reduce waste, improve data transparency and improve interdisciplinary cooperation, resulting in better healthcare at lower costs. What’s more, recent research suggests patient satisfaction and outcomes are also improved in well-managed healthcare environments. So everyone wins.”
ISO 45001 – Game Changer for Millions of Workers
One of the most anticipated standards, the ISO 45001:2018, Occupational Health and Safety
and stroke are the top four causes of death, while hyperlipidemia, hypertension, diabetes and acute upper respiratory tract infection are among the top four conditions for polyclinic visits.
Given the importance of health to our well-being, the ISO has dedicated signi cant resources towards developing standards on health. In its extensive standards’ portfolio
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