Workplace Safety & Health Act

Administered by Ministry of Manpower (MOM).

Summary of the Act

The Workplace Safety and Health Act (WSHA) is an essential part of the new framework to cultivate good safety habits in all individuals so as to engender a strong safety culture in our workplace. It provides general requirements on safety and health issues related to the workplace such as 

  • Use of hazardous materials
  • Use of pressure vessels - autoclaves and pressure vessels must be inspected frequently by a professional engineer.

WSH (Risk Management) Regulation 2006

  • The principal investigator or lab-in-charge shall conduct a risk assessment in relation to the safety and health risks posed to any person who may be affected by his undertaking in the workplace.
  • The principal shall take all reasonably practicable steps to eliminate any foreseeable risk to any person who may be affected by his under taking in the workplace.
  • Every principal shall maintain a record of any risk assessment conducted, any measure or safe work procedure implemented, submit the record when required and shall be kept for a period of no less than 3 years.
  • Every principal shall review the risk assessment at least once every 3 years, upon the occurrence of any bodily injury to any person as a result of exposure to a hazard or when there is significant change in work practices.

WSH (Incident Reporting) Regulation 2014

Incidents involving the following must be reported as soon as reasonably practicable, to OSHE at 

  • workplace accident resulting in the death of an employee
  • workplace accident resulting in the injury of an employee who is unfit for work for more than 3 days, regardless of whether these were consecutive days of medical leave; or hospitalized for at least 24 hours. The reporting shall be done not later than 10 days after the 3rd day of the sick leave.
  • a subsequent death of an employee as a result of an injury at the workplace
  • workplace accident which involves a self-employed person or member of public and results in his or her death or treatment in hospital for the injury
  • dangerous occurrence
  • occupational disease
  • Employers will now have to report all traffic accidents involving their employees in the course of his/her work.

WSH (First Aid) Regulations 2006

Provides requirements of first-aid facilities (first-aid box, first-aiders) in the workplace