The construction industry is a vital sector in Singapore's economy. With the increasing number of high-rise buildings and infrastructure projects, the number of work at height incidents has also been on the rise. To ensure the safety of workers and reduce the number of accidents, Singapore has strict Work at Height regulations and requirements that companies must adhere to. In this article, we will discuss the key regulations and requirements that the construction industry in Singapore must follow.
The Work at Height regulations in Singapore aim to provide a safe working environment for workers who are required to work at height. These regulations are mandatory and apply to all companies and workers involved in the construction industry in Singapore. The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) is responsible for enforcing these regulations.
Companies must comply with the following requirements when working at height:
Conduct a risk assessment before starting any work at height
Implement appropriate measures to prevent falls or minimize the distance and consequences of falls
Ensure that all workers have received the necessary training and certification for working at height
Use appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) when working at height
Erect proper barriers, guardrails or other means of fall protection to prevent falls
Ensure that all equipment used for work at height is regularly inspected and maintained
Companies must plan their work at height activities carefully to ensure that they comply with the regulations. The following steps should be taken:
Identify the tasks that require work at height
Assess the risks involved in the work at height
Plan the work and identify the equipment required
Implement the necessary safety measures
Supervise the work at height
All workers who are required to work at height in Singapore must undergo training and certification. The following requirements must be met:
Workers must attend a MOM approved Work at Height Course
Workers must pass a written test and a practical assessment
Workers must possess a valid Work at Height certification before commencing work
SCAL Academy offers two courses aimed at enhancing the safety of workers and managers involved in work at height activities in Singapore's construction industry. The courses are specifically designed to educate participants on the appropriate Work at Height (WAH) regulations and requirements that are mandatory in Singapore. Here is a breakdown of the courses:
The WAH Course for Managers is targeted at individuals responsible for supervising work at height activities. It equips them with the knowledge and skills required to plan, supervise, and manage work at height activities in compliance with Singapore's WAH regulations. The course covers topics such as WAH risk management, WAH planning, and fall prevention and protection measures.
The WAH Course for Workers is targeted at individuals who are involved in performing hazardous work at height activities (WAH above 3 meters). It covers the knowledge and skills required to perform work at height activities safely and in compliance with Singapore's WAH regulations. The course covers topics such as the proper use of fall protection systems, the identification of hazards and risks, and the selection and use of personal protective equipment (PPE).
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These courses are aligned with the Work at Height regulations and requirements in Singapore for the construction industry. By enrolling in these courses, participants can gain the knowledge and skills required to enhance their safety while working at height. In addition, companies can ensure that their employees are trained and certified in accordance with the WAH regulations and requirements, thereby reducing the risk of accidents and injuries.
A: Work at height refers to any work performed from one level to another, such as in or on an elevated workplace, near openings, edges, or surfaces through which a person could fall, or any other location, above or below ground, from which a person could fall, and where it is reasonably likely that the person or any other person could be injured due to the distance of the fall
A: Hazardous work at height refers to work conducted in elevated workplaces, near openings, edges, or surfaces through which a person could fall, or any other location, above or below ground, where a person could fall from a distance greater than 3 meters.
A: The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) is responsible for enforcing the Work at Height regulations in Singapore.
A: Companies that fail to comply with the Work at Height regulations may be fined and/or imprisoned.
A: Workers are required to undergo CSOC with work at height elements (under 3m) and Perform work at height course (over 3m) to be able to work at height safely
A: If the work at height activities are above 3m, all workers involved are required to attend the perform work at height course to ensure regulations are met and attain the required skills and knowledge to perform hazardous work at height safely.
Work at height regulations and requirements in Singapore for the construction industry are strict to ensure the safety of workers. Companies must comply with these regulations and requirements to prevent accidents and promote a safe working environment. By implementing the necessary safety measures and providing adequate training and certification, companies can protect their workers and ensure that they operate in compliance with the law.
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