Singapore Workplace Safety Health Act, Regulations and Codes of Practices
We see many people asking where to get a copy of the Workplace Safety Health Act or a copy of the Workplace Safety Health Regulations or the Codes of Practices.
First the Workplace Safety Health Act is the mandatory requirement for all workplaces, all employers, all occupiers, any work that is done has to comply to the Workplace Safety Health Act WSH Act as well as the Work Injury Compensation Act WICA
Workplace Safety and Health (WSH) Act
The WSH Act is the key legislation to effect the principles of the new Occupational Safety and Health framework. It replaces the Factories Act, with effect from 1 March 2006.
Work Injury Compensation Act
The Work Injury Compensation Act extends work injury compensation to most employees.
Workplace Safety and Health (WSH) Act
You can look and read up on the Workplace Safety and Health (WSH) Act, WSH Act here
and the Work Injury Compensation Act (WICA), here-
There are also other Acts and Regulations or Legislations covering workplace safety and health that Safety Officers, Safety Coordinators, Safety Professionals or Human Resource Managers or Directors should know and these are
WSH Act subsidiary legislation
Subsidiary legislations and who/which industry or companies this applies to
WSH (Exemption) Order- Premises owned by the Singapore Armed Forces and domestic premises
WSH (Shipbuilding and Ship-repairing) Regulations 2008- Applies to all Shipyards and ships in harbour
WSH (Construction) Regulations 2007- applies to All worksites
WSH (Transitional Provision) Regulations
WSH (Offences and Penalties) (Subsidiary Legislation under Section 66(14)) Regulations
WSH (Workplace Safety and Health Officers) Regulations- applies to all Factories
WSH (Registration of Factories) Regulations 2008- applies to all Factories
WSH (Workplace Safety and Health Committees) Regulations 2008- applies to all Factories
WSH (Safety and Health Management System and Auditing) Regulations 2009- applies to all Factories
WSH (General Provisions) Regulations- applies to all workplaces
WSH (First Aid) Regulations- applies to all workplaces
WSH (Incident Reporting) Regulations- applies to all workplaces
WSH (Risk Management) Regulations- applies to all workplaces
WSH (Abrasive Blasting) Regulations 2008- applies to all workplaces
WSH (Explosive Powered Tools) Regulations 2009- applies to all workplaces
WSH (Confined Spaces) Regulations 2009- applies to all workplaces
WSH (Noise) Regulation 2011- applies to all workplaces
WSH (Medical Examinations) Regulations 2011- applies to all workplaces
WSH (Operation of Cranes) Regulations 2011- applies to all workplaces
WSH (Scaffolds) Regulations 2011- applies to all workplaces
WSH (Work at Heights) Regulations- applies to all workplaces
WSH (Asbestos) Regulations 2014- applies to all workplaces
WSH (Composition of Offences) Regulations- applies to all workplaces
WSH (Design for Safety) Regulations 2015- applies to all workplaces
WSH (Major Hazards Installations) Regulations 2017- applies to all Major Hazards Installations
Workplace Safety and Health (COVID-19 Safe Workplace) Regulations 2021- applies to all workplaces
Factories Act subsidiary legislation
Even though the Factories Act has been repealed, under section 66(14) of the WSH Act, “Any subsidiary legislation made under the repealed Act and in force immediately before the appointed day shall, so far as it is not inconsistent with the provisions of this Act, continue in force in factories as if made under this Act until it is revoked or repealed.”
The following Factories subsidiary legislation will be reviewed and promulgated as new Workplace Safety and Health subsidiary legislation.
Factories (Registration and Other Services - Fees and Forms)
Factories (Safety Training Courses) Order
Approved Codes of Practices
In accordance with section 40B (3) of the Workplace Safety and Health Act 2006, the Workplace Safety and Health Council has approved Codes of Practice for providing practical guidance on safety and health to the industry. The Approved Codes of Practice (ACOP) is intended to be used as a yardstick to assess whether reasonable practicable measures have been taken to upkeep safety and health standards at the workplace. A notice of the issue of the ACOPs has been published in the Government Gazette.
Code of Practices issued by Workplace Safety and Health Council
Code of Practices and Singapore Standards published by Enterprise Singapore
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