In Singapore the Ministry of Manpower Manpower Minister Tan See Leng launched launched a workplace safety health code of practice on Monday 19 September 2022. This new workplace safety health code of practice spells out the duties of company CEOs and directors on workplace safety and health, as well as reinforces their accountability for accidents at work. This new workplace safety health code of practice will be gazetted by October. When there is an offence under the Workplace Safety and Health Act, the courts can consider compliance with the workplace safety health code of practice in their judgment.
Currently the WSH Act already holds company directors liable for ensuring workers’ safety and health. With the new workplace safety health code of practice it will outline the "desired outcomes" in organisational systems and culture that they should seek to achieve. The new workplace safety health code of practice will also list examples of steps they can take.
The Minister of Manpower Dr Tan See Leng was speaking at the opening of the 2022 Workplace Safety Health WSH Conference today on 19 September 2022. It was mentioned that Singapore has already had 37 workplace fatalities so far in 2022, the same figure for the whole of 2021. Most of these accidents were due to preventable safety lapses, such as inadequate control measures or the lack of adherence to safety procedures.
The Minister of Manpower Minister Tan was quoted
"For a strong WSH culture to germinate, to grow and flourish, it must start from the top – with the chief executive and company directors, This is because they are the ones with influence and control over budgets, priorities and training for WSH. WSH considerations have to be entrenched as most the important and non-negotiable decisions."
There are four main principles in the Workplace Safety Health Code of Practice on Chief Executives and Board of Directors' WSH Duties. These include ensure that WSH is integrated into business decisions and there is clarity in the roles and responsibilities of CEOs and directors in leading workplace safety and health measures. And having the company management should "continuously build a strong WSH culture, set the tone and demonstrate visible leadership in embodying and communicating highly effective WSH standards". Companies should also ensure that WSH management systems are effective and reviewed regularly, as well as empower workers to be actively engaged in WSH.
The Workplace Safety Health Code of Practice was drafted after "extensive consultations" with the Singapore Institute of Directors, Singapore Institute of Safety Officers, Association of Small and Medium Enterprises, Tripartite Partners and various industry associations.
The Workplace Safety Health Code of Practice on Chief Executives and Board of Directors' WSH Dutieswill be gazetted the COP as an Approved COP by October this year.
This would mean that in the event of a WSH Act offence, the courts can consider compliance to this approved COP in their judgment. Adhering to the approved COP’s principles can be a mitigating factor.
Companies can also send their staff for courses with us
Whether it is the Apply Workplace Safety Health in Process Plants (Safety Orientation Course Oil Petrochemical)
AWSHPP Course Outline
AWSHPP Course Outline for the WDA WSQ Apply Workplace Safety Health in Process Plants (AWSHPP ) are:
AWSHPP Identify the roles and responsibilities of an employee under WSH act
AWSHPP Identify and prevent fire and explosion hazards at workplace
AWSHPP Comply safe work practices and control measures for material handling
AWSHPP Comply safety work practices and control measures for mechanical and electrical works
AWSHPP Comply safe work practices and control measures when working on Specialized Operations
AWSHPP Comply safe work practices and control measures when working at heights
AWSHPP Comply safe work practices and control measures when working in a confined space
or the Perform Work in Confined Space Operations (Safety Orientation Course Manhole)
Course Outline for Perform Work in Confined Space Operations
for the SSG WSQ Perform Work in Confined Space Operation are
PWICSO Identify duties and responsibilities of all personnel involved in confined space work under the WSH Legislations and Code of Practice.
PWICSO Identify confined space hazards
PWICSO Use Gas Detection Instruments for atmospheric monitoring
PWICSO Comply with Permit-to-Work system and safe work procedures when working in confined space
PWICSO Participate in an Emergency for confined space
Or for the Safety Professionals, the NEBOSH IGC qualifications
There is a new NEBOSH IGC Open Book exam coming up on 2nd November 2022. Do join us.
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