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Requirements for a safety and health management system

Certain workplaces are required to implement a safety and health management system (SHMS), including risk assessments and risk management.

What is a safety and health management system

A safety and health management system (SHMS) is a systematic process for managing workplace safety and health. The system features:

  • Setting goals
  • Planning
  • Measuring performance
  • Managing commitments and direction

Workplaces must also audit or review their SHMS regularly to ensure continual improvements.

Workplaces requiring audits

You must appoint a MOM-approved workplace safety and health auditor listed in the SAC AO schedule of an SAC-accredited WSH Auditing Organisation to regularly audit your SHMS if your workplace is one of the following:

Type of workplace How often to audit
Any worksite with a contract sum of $30 million or more At least once every 6 months
Any shipyard employing 200 or more people At least once every 12 months
Any factory engaged in manufacturing fabricated metal products, machinery or equipment, and which employs 100 or more people At least once every 12 months
Any factory that processes or manufactures petroleum, petroleum products, petrochemicals or petrochemical products At least once every 24 months
Any premises that stores toxic or flammable liquids at a storage capacity of 5,000 or more cubic metres At least once every 24 months
Any factory manufacturing fluorine, chlorine, hydrogen fluoride, carbon monoxide and synthetic polymers At least once every 24 months
Any factory manufacturing pharmaceutical products or their intermediates At least once every 24 months
Any factory manufacturing semiconductor wafers At least once every 24 months

SHMS audit criteria

Scope Audit Criteria
Shipyard Workplace Safety & Health Requirements for Marine Industries (also known as Workplace Safety & Health Manual for Marine Industries)
Construction worksite Requirements for the Construction Safety Audit Scoring System (ConSASS)
Metalworking industry Requirements on the Implementation of Safety Management System for the Metalworking Industry (also known as Guidelines on the Implementation of Safety Management System for the Metalworking Industry)
Oil refinery or petrochemical plant / semiconductor wafer fabrication plant / chemical manufacturing plant / pharmaceutical plant / bulk storage terminal SS 506 Part 3 (until withdrawal date in 2021) or SS 651

Shipyard

Certification based on SS506 Part 1 or ISO 45001 is accepted as meeting the audit criteria under the following conditions:

  • Audit is done by an SAC-accredited Certification Body (CB) that is also an SAC-accredited Auditing Organisation (AO).
  • Audit is done by persons who are listed in the SAC AO Schedule and registered through WSH eServices.
  • Audit covers all the Workplace Safety and Health Requirements for Marine Industries published by WSH Council.

Metalworking industry

Certification based on SS506 Part 1 or ISO 45001 is accepted as meeting the audit criteria under the following conditions:

  • Audit is done by an SAC-accredited Certification Body (CB) that is also an SAC-accredited Auditing Organisation (AO).
  • Audit is done by persons who are listed in the SAC AO Schedule and registered through WSH eServices.
  • Audit covers all the “Requirements on the Implementation of Safety Management System for the Metalworking Industry”.

Oil refinery or petrochemical plant / semiconductor wafer fabrication plant / chemical manufacturing plant / pharmaceutical plant / bulk storage terminal

Certification based on SS506 Part 3 or SS 651 is accepted as meeting the audit criteria of these industrial sectors when:

  • Audit is done by an SAC-accredited Certification Body (CB) that is also an SAC-accredited Auditing Organisation (AO).
  • Audit is done by persons who are listed in the SAC AO Schedule and registered through WSH eServices.

Workplaces requiring SHMS internal review

Your workplace needs to conduct a periodic internal reviews on the SHMS if the following applies:

Type of workplace How often to review
Any worksite with a contract sum of less than $30 million At least once every 6 months
Any shipyard employing fewer than 200 persons At least once every 12 months

What is an SHMS internal review

An internal review is similar to an external audit.

You should appoint an SAC-accredited WSH auditing organisation or MOM-approved WSH auditor to conduct internal reviews of your SHMS.

Alternatively, you can assign a staff who has minimally passed an established audit course to conduct the internal reviews. Such audit course can be the ISO 45001 internal audit training course.

Your internal review must:

  • Produce the same outcomes of a developed SHMS.
  • Suit to your work activities.
  • Effectively implemented at your workplace.

The internal review report must be:

  • Kept as record.
  • Produced upon MOM Inspector’s requests.