SIM Card Usage Reduced for Public Safety

To improve the level of security in Singapore, authorities’ cuts down the number prepaid cards that are allowed to use by a person or a basic subscriber. Staring on Tuesday (the next day), the maximum SIM cards that is allowed to be used will be reduced from 10 down to 3.

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It was being remembered that it was on year 2005 that Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) and the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) set up the rules and regulations about prepaid SIM cards. During the past times, a subscriber can be able to use 10 SIM cards. Also, the age limit for the usage of SIM cards is 15 years old.

At present, the new directive is that a person can register only 3 SIM cards whether they have bought it to the same electronic mobile provider or have purchased it from another mobile supplier. It is said the SIM cards are used by many people who are against the law for their illegal activity/activities. Because of the new implementation of the law, this will improve the security when it comes to anonymous subscribers of a particular network.

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Illegal deeds for using SIM cards include scams, gambling, lending of money and other related unlawful activities. This will post a threat to humanity especially if the laws submitted will be not implemented properly. Today, the remaining subscribers can continue to use their prepaid SIM cards. However, they are not allowed to record and register some extra prepaid SIM cards.

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What You Need to Know about WSH

If you are an employer here in Singapore, you should be familiar with the Workplace Safety and Health (WSH). On January 6, 2014, a change was announced to the public. Under the amended WSH, the employers now need to report to Ministry of Manpower (MOM) if they have injured workers with more than 3 days of medical leave (whether the days are consecutive or not). If you remember, the previous rule states that you only need to report if the injured worker has more than 3 consecutive days of medical leave.

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MOM received a report that there are employers who evade WSH reporting requirements. The employers are now are very quick and clever that they break up the medical leave of their injured workers so it will not be reported to MOM. Here are other things that you need to know about the amended WSH:

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Background

MOM is very serious when it comes to reporting and recording of WSH accidents. In order to paint the precise picture, MOM’s database should speak the right figure. This is to properly enforce and impose actions. The practice of employers not to report injured workers will make things unclear. Apart from this, MOM only wants to improve the workplace and encourage safety.

Other Changes

Apart from reporting to MOM when an injured worker sustained 3 days of medical leave (irrespective if they are consecutive or not), there is another change that is incorporated in the amendment. Employers with workers involved in traffic accidents (as long as it is work-related) are obliged to report the accident to the Commissioner for WSH. This action will highlight the duty of the employer under WSH act.

Penalties

The practice of employers not to report injured workers should be reprimanded. Their evasion of rules will mean penalties.  Any employer who unsuccessfully reports an incident will be fined. If it is your first offence, you will pay up to S$5,000. For the succeeding offences, you will pay up to S$10,000 and/or 6 months in jail. To be safe, you only need to do one thing – practice what MOM is recommending and you will be fine.

As an employer, you are responsible for the welfare of your workers. No amount can compensate when your workers encounter and endure accidents and injuries. The least thing that you can do is protect them when they need it the most. If you have more questions and inquiries, you can send an email at mom_oshd@mom.gov.sg.

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