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Upcoming Cluster Operations (COPS)

COPS will target the Northern region of Singapore from May to July 2013.

Operation Period: May 2013 to July 2013

Cluster Operations (COPS) is a key enforcement programme of OSH Inspectorate to improve industrial safety standards. The operation covers all workplaces, within a selected locale or of a specific focus in planned clusters, allowing for improvements to be made by the relevant industries and stakeholders.

All stakeholders are reminded to maintain good safety and health standards at their workplaces.

Cluster Operations for May 2013

The work activities and documentation checks that will be covered during the COPS inspection include:

  • Working at height
  • Safe use of equipment - suspended scaffolds, elevated work platforms (e.g. scissors lifts)
  • Safe means of access and egress
  • Formwork safety
  • Excavation safety
  • Openings and open sides
  • Roof works
  • Lifting Operations
  • Permit to Work Systems
  • Fall prevention plan
  • Lifting Plan
  • Risk Management

Stakeholders may refer to the following Technical Advisories (TA) / checklists which are available at the Workplace Safety and Health Council (WSHC) website for reference on relevant safety and health requirements and guidelines.

Work at height

  • Code of Practice for working safely at height
  • Technical Advisory for working at height
  • Compliance assistant checklist
  • Self-assessment toolkit

Safe Means of access and egress

  • Safe use of mobile elevated work platform
  • Technical Advisory for scaffolds

Safe Use of Equipments such as cranes and mobile elevated work platform

  • Technical Advisory for safe operation of lifting equipment
  • Checklist for fixed mount tower crane users
  • Safe use of mobile elevated work platform

Contractors are encouraged to procure the relevant Singapore Standards from SPRING Singapore for their reference such as Code of Practice for safety in trenches, pits and other excavated areas and Singapore Standard 541 Specification for restraint belts.