Why is it a priority?
By 2030, it is estimated that the number of Singapore citizens aged 65 and above will triple to 900,000. In addition, a decline in the number of available younger workers will increase the need for employers to retain older workers. These demographic trends, coupled with longer life expectancy, will require businesses to work with employees to protect the work ability of employees of all ages.
As shown in Figure 14, the workplace injury rate for workers aged 55 years and above is higher than the overall national workplace injury rate.
Source: Ministry of Manpower
To prevent work injuries and ill health arising from work among older workers, we propose the following research areas:
- Establish relationship between age, personal health, work ability and risk of work injuries and work-related ill-health;
- Identify risk factors for work injuries and work-related ill health amongst the older workers; and
- Identify solutions and determine their effectiveness to reduce work injuries and work-related ill health of older workers.