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Following that, from 1 October, MOM will be conducting compliance checks, and taking debarment actions against companies found to have not completed their STO.

Singapore's Ministry of Manpower (MOM) will be extending the deadline for its recently introduced mandatory Safety Time-Out (STO) period. 

Initially introduced on 1 September 2022, the STO was announced in line with a six-month period of 'Heightened Safety'. As part of the measures, companies in high-risk sectors (such as construction, manufacturing, marine, process, and transportation & storage industries) and others performing high-risk activities involving the use of heavy or industrial vehicles are required to conduct a mandatory Safety Time-Out from 1 - 15 September 2022.

Since then, MOM and the Workplace Safety and Health Council have received feedback that industries are supportive of the heightened safety measures. However, the ministry noted, they would require more time to comply with the mandatory STO, and carry out a thorough review of their safety procedures.

Upon receiving the feedback, MOM will thereby extend the deadline for STO completion to 30 September 2022.

Following that, from 1 October 2022, MOM will be conducting compliance checks, and taking debarment actions against companies found to have not completed their STO.

Ending its announcement, MOM added: "Safety is our priority, and MOM will partner with the industries to build safer workplaces."

MOM then referred those who need guidance to the STO checklist and the StartSAFE programme for a consultant to conduct a risk assessment at the workplace.

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