The Occupational Safety and Health Division (OSHD) promotes workplace safety and health (WSH) at the national level.
We work with employers, employees and other stakeholders to identify, assess and manage workplace safety and health risks to eliminate death, injury and ill-health.
A safe and healthy workplace for everyone and a country renowned for best practices in workplace safety and health.
To eliminate death, injury and illness from all workplaces.
With the updated national strategy WSH 2018, OSHD aims to reduce the workplace fatality rate to less than 1.8 per 100,000 workers by 2018. We strive to help Singapore become a global leader in safety and health standards.
We aim for the following strategic outcomes:
- Reduction in workplace fatality and injury rates.
- Safety and health becomes an integral part of business.
- Singapore becomes renowned for being a Centre of Excellence for WSH.
- The nation has a progressive and pervasive safety and health culture.
How we work
OSHD was reformed on 1 August 2005 to help realise the OSH framework and the Workplace Safety and Health Act through new and expanded capabilities.
OSHD implements the OSH framework through legislation, policies, capability building and engagement programmes. We adopt a proactive and systemic approach to prevent accidents, involving all stakeholders in managing risk.
Working closely with industry, we facilitate risk management and develop a stronger OSH culture. We prevent risks at source, set goals for employers and help companies improve their safety and health management systems.
There are six departments within OSHD:
OSH Policy, Information and Corporate Services Department
The Policy, Information and Corporate Services (PICS) department serves a vital role in improving workplace safety and health standards via:
- Developing and reviewing Occupational Safety and Health operational policies.
- Driving strategic planning and corporate governance within OSHD.
- Tapping on data and technology, including administering Informational Technology systems for the public to interact with MOM on OSH matters.
The department is focused on reducing workplace safety and health risks through an effective regulatory framework.
This is accomplished by:
- Expansion of reach and depth of enforcement through strategic inspections.
- Surveillance of workplaces.
- Provision of targeted attention to high risk workplaces.
We monitor the effectiveness of our regulatory framework through data analysis to keep it relevant to industry changes.
OSH Specialist Department
The OSH Specialist Department (SPECS) provides specialised expertise and support in the areas of Engineering Safety, Occupational Hygiene and Occupational Medicine. This is accomplished through:
- Provision of technical expertise in the development of WSH standards and best practices.
- Investigation into complex incidents involving engineering equipment, exposure to Occupational Health hazards and occurrences of Occupational Diseases.
- Conduct of operational research.
- Development and implementation of strategies and targeted programmes for specific WSH hazards and industries.
- Collaboration with international organisations (like the World Health Organisation and International Labour Organisation) in projects, information exchange and training.
Work Injury Compensation Department
The department administers a work injury compensation system for employees or their dependents to receive their compensation expeditiously.
This is achieved by:
- Administering the iReport eService for reporting of work-related accidents, dangerous occurrences and occupational diseases.
- Investigation disputed work accidents to determine the admissibility of claims.
- Processing the claims of injured employees and adjudicating claims disputes.
- Ensuring the prompt and accurate return of medical reports.
Major Hazard Department
The Major Hazard Department (MHD) will assess that Major Hazard Installations (MHI) have established all measures necessary to prevent, and reduce risks to as low as reasonably practicable, as well as to limit the consequences of major accidents.
MHD investigates process-related incidents, to identify core lapses in the management of major accident hazards, including key aspects relating to process safety and risk controls. MHD also designates MHI clusters to facilitate information sharing to protect workplaces and persons likely to be affected by major accidents.
Workplace Safety and Health Institute
The Workplace Safety and Health (WSH) Institute was set up to strengthen Singapore’s capabilities to provide forward-looking, evidence-based knowledge and solutions to address current and emerging workplace safety and health challenges.
It does this by:
- Anticipating new and emerging trends and risks through intelligence sensing and data analysis.
- Providing evidence-based information to MOM, WSH Council and stakeholders for policy-making and strategy.
- Collaborating with stakeholders on practical solutions to mitigate WSH risks.