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Title: The development and regulation of occupational exposure limits in Singapore
Authors: Tang, T.K.
Siang, L.H.
Koh, D. 
Keywords: Health and safety law
Occupational exposure limits
Issue Date: Nov-2006
Citation: Tang, T.K., Siang, L.H., Koh, D. (2006-11). The development and regulation of occupational exposure limits in Singapore. Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology 46 (2) : 136-141. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Singapore is an island republic in South East Asia with a workforce of about 2.1 million including 0.7 million employed in the manufacturing industry. Singapore's industry is diversified and the main growth sectors include microelectronics, chemical, petrochemical, pharmaceutical, and biomedical sectors. Exposure to chemical hazards is one of the main occupational health problems in the manufacturing sectors. The main roles of government in the protection of workers against safety and health hazards are to set standards and provide a proper infrastructure for industry to self-regulate. The occupation safety and health laws must provide adequate protection of workforce but must not disadvantage local industry in this globally competitive economy. To ensure a level playing field, Singapore's occupational exposure standards are benchmarked against those established in the developed countries. These standards are reviewed regularly to ensure they are realistic and relevant in tandem with worldwide trends. Industry and stakeholders are consulted before any new standards are introduced. In enforcing the laws relating to exposure standards, legal and administrative procedures are followed to ensure fairness and to prevent abuse. © 2006 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Source Title: Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology
ISSN: 02732300
DOI: 10.1016/j.yrtph.2006.02.005
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