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Legislation for workplace safety and health

Find links to the Workplace Safety and Health (WSH) Act, Work Injury Compensation Act (WICA), regulations covering factories and other WSH legislation.

Legislation covering workplace safety and health

  • Work Injury Compensation Act
    The Work Injury Compensation Act extends work injury compensation to most employees.
  • 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.

WSH Act subsidiary legislation

Subsidiary legislation Applies to
WSH (Exemption) Order Premises owned by the Singapore Armed Forces and domestic premises
WSH (Shipbuilding and Ship-repairing) Regulations 2008 Shipyards and ships in harbour
WSH (Construction) Regulations 2007 All worksites
WSH (Transitional Provision) Regulations -
WSH (Offences and Penalties) (Subsidiary Legislation under Section 66(14)) Regulations -
WSH (Workplace Safety and Health Officers) Regulations Factories
WSH (Registration of Factories) Regulations 2008 Factories
WSH (Workplace Safety and Health Committees) Regulations 2008 Factories
WSH (Safety and Health Management System and Auditing) Regulations 2009 Factories
WSH (General Provisions) Regulations All workplaces
WSH (First Aid) Regulations All workplaces
WSH (Incident Reporting) Regulations All workplaces
WSH (Risk Management) Regulations All workplaces
WSH (Abrasive Blasting) Regulations 2008 All workplaces
WSH (Explosive Powered Tools) Regulations 2009 All workplaces
WSH (Confined Spaces) Regulations 2009 All workplaces
WSH (Noise) Regulation 2011 All workplaces
WSH (Medical Examinations) Regulations 2011 All workplaces
WSH (Operation of Cranes) Regulations 2011 All workplaces
WSH (Scaffolds) Regulations 2011 All workplaces
WSH (Work at Heights) Regulations All workplaces
WSH (Asbestos) Regulations 2014 All workplaces
WSH (Composition of Offences) Regulations All workplaces
WSH (Design for Safety) Regulations 2015 All workplaces
WSH (Major Hazards Installations) Regulations 2017 MHIs
Workplace Safety and Health (COVID-19 Safe Workplace) Regulations 2021 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Even though the Factories Act has been repealed, under section 66(14) of the WSH Act, “Any subsidiary legislation made under the repealed Act and in force immediately before the appointed day shall, so far as it is not inconsistent with the provisions of this Act, continue in force in factories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.

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.

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