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WSH Competency Standards

Developing Competencies through Training

Employers are required to ensure that employees of all levels i.e. workers, supervisors, managers, and WSH Personnel possess basic Workplace Safety and Health (WSH) competencies.

WSH competencies enable employees to:

  • Recognise potentially hazardous situations;
  • Know their responsibilities under the WSH Act; and
  • Know their roles in creating safe work conditions.

Such competencies can be developed through formal courses or on-the-job training. More information about the competency standards and training courses are available below:

Competency Standards

The Ministry of Manpower (MOM), the Workplace Safety and Health Council (WSHC) and the Singapore Workforce Development Agency (WDA), have developed a set of generic competency standards for employees of all levels.

Generic Competency Standards

The module on generic competency standards, under WDA's Employability Skills System (ESS), is part of the Workforce Skills Qualifications (WSQ) System.

The generic competency standards for employees of various levels are as follows:

Operations Level

Employees should be able to:

  • Follow safe work practices and risk control procedures
  • Participate in workplace safety and health management activities
  • Follow workplace emergency response procedures

Supervisory Level

Supervisors should be able to:

  • Interpret workplace safety and health policies, procedures and programmes
  • Educate workers on workplace safety and health policies, procedures and programmes
  • Implement and control workplace safety and health management programmes
  • Implement workplace risk management programmes
  • Maintain workplace risk control measures

Managerial Level

Managers should be able to:

  • Identify responsibilities under Workplace Safety & Health Act
  • Establish and maintain workplace safety and health framework
  • Establish and evaluate workplace safety and health system, policies, procedures and programmes
  • Establish workplace risk management procedures
  • Manage workplace risk control measures

Training Courses & Records

Find out more about the safety and health-related training courses, test fees for construction safety and shipyard safety courses and how to check for workers' training records.

Last updated on 02 November 2012 08:53:30