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Revocation of the Factories (Persons-in-Charge) Regulations and Factories (Certificate of Competency – Examinations) Regulations

Revoked with effect from 15 March 2013.

Following the revocation of the two regulations, MOM will no longer accept applications or issue Certificate of Competency (COC) for the following list of Competent Persons:

  • 1st and 2nd Class Internal Combustion Engines (ICE) Driver
  • 1st and 2nd Grade ICE Engineer
  • 1st and 2nd Class Steam Boiler (SB) Attendant
  • 1st and 2nd Grade SB Engineer

Training requirements for operation of ICE

Section 12(3) of the WSH Act requires the employer to ensure that his workers have been adequately trained to carry out work safely. This would include ensuring that workers are adequately trained to safely operate the ICE. Training provided by the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) and his designated Authorised Distributors are deemed to meet the regulatory training requirements for workers operating ICE. On-the-job training (OJT) would also be acceptable if the employer can demonstrate that the OJT is comparable in content and rigour to the training provided by the OEM.

Training requirements for operation of SB

Regulation 28(8) of the WSH (General Provisions) Regulations requires the owner of an SB used in a workplace to ensure that only a Competent Person who has attended a training course acceptable to the Commissioner is allowed to operate the SB. The types of training courses a person needs to attend before operating an SB would depend on the heating surface area of the SB. Read about the operating requirement based on the heating surface area of the SB and the types of training courses on operation of SB that are acceptable to the Commissioner.

Existing holders of COC

Existing holders of a COC of both ICE and SB previously issued by MOM will continue to be valid until the certificate holders cease active duty at the workplace.