34 firms issued stop-work orders for flouting safe distancing measures

A four-day long operation which conducted random checks on more than 100 companies resulted in 34 firms being issued stop-work orders.
By: | March 31, 2020

34 companies in Singapore have been issued with stop-work orders by the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) for not following safe distancing measures, with an additional 36 companies being issued with remedial orders.

This was after a four-day long operation which saw officers conduct random checks on more than 100 companies. The MOM said that the companies were required to make “immediate rectifications” and urged other businesses to keep themselves updated on the latest advisories.

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Employers are encouraged to place their employees on work-from-home arrangements wherever possible, and take precautions such as making sure employees work staggered hours and sit apart if they have to go into the office.

Raymond Koh, an MOM inspector, noted that it was also important to educate employers on best practices.

He said, “Where we can, we are sharing good practices that other companies have done to support employers in protecting their employees and loved ones, and the public at large.

“Beyond enforcement, it is important to help employers understand the gaps that must be rectified to limit the spread of Covid-19 at work premises.”