CHANGING light bulbs and repairing air-conditioners may not seem dangerous, but such tasks are still a concern for the Workplace Safety and Health Council.
It has set up a work group for the facilities management sector which has to do with running buildings, from maintenance to electrical work to cleaning. Headed by International Facility Management Association president Kenneth Foo, the group will look at issues like how to improve risk management in the sector.
"Over the last five years, we have seen more reported injuries in this sector," said the council's executive director Lai Poon Piau.
He said there were 122 such injuries between January and June, up from 116 in the same period last year. Most were caused by slips, trips and falls.
Mr Lai was speaking at a workplace safety and health fair organised by property manager Raffles Quay Asset Management (RQAM) yesterday. Opening at One Raffles Quay yesterday, the event moves to Marina Bay Link Mall today and runs until Friday.
For RQAM's office tenants, workplace dangers include stray cables. "They are minor, little things," said Mr Foo. "But occupational safety matters throughout your work lifestyle."