TEWP vs. bizSAFE Level 1: What Top Executives Need to Know

Written By: SCAL Academy

Date: 28 March 2024

Topic: WSH Compliance and Auditing

TEWP vs. bizSAFE Level 1: What Top Executives Need to Know

In the evolving landscape of Workplace Safety and Health (WSH) regulations in Singapore, understanding the distinctions and connections between the Top Executives WSH Programme (TEWP) and the bizSAFE Level 1 programme is crucial for company leaders. This blog aims to clarify these aspects, ensuring that top executives are well-informed about their compliance obligations.


Understanding TEWP

The TEWP is specifically designed for CEOs and Board Directors of companies in high-risk industries. It delves into advanced topics crucial for top-level management, such as the Code of Practice on Chief Executives’ and Board of Directors’ Workplace Safety and Health Duties, and accident root cause analysis. These focus areas are not covered in the bizSAFE Level 1 programme, marking a significant distinction between the two.


The Distinction from bizSAFE Level 1

While bizSAFE Level 1 serves as an introductory course to WSH principles for businesses, TEWP is tailored for top executives, addressing the unique responsibilities and strategic decision-making required at this level. Therefore, even for executives who have attained bizSAFE Level 1 certification, completing the TEWP remains mandatory.


Integration with the bizSAFE Programme

An important update for businesses is that from April 1, 2024, TEWP will replace the bizSAFE Level 1 course. This transition highlights the program's importance and the shift towards a more leadership-focused approach in promoting workplace safety. Upon completing TEWP, companies are eligible to proceed directly to the bizSAFE Level 2 course, streamlining their journey through the bizSAFE framework.


Is TEWP an Additional Requirement?

Given the overlap in the introductory aspects of workplace safety, TEWP is positioned not as an additional requirement but as a replacement for the bizSAFE Level 1 course starting April 2024. This update ensures that top executives are equipped with a deeper and more relevant understanding of WSH responsibilities, beyond the basics covered in the initial bizSAFE course.


No Waivers or Substitutes

It's important to note that no other courses are accepted as substitutes for the TEWP. This program is curated specifically to empower top executives with the knowledge and skills necessary to lead their company’s WSH initiatives effectively.


Certification Submission

Upon completing the TEWP, companies are not required to submit the certification to the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) or the Workplace Safety and Health Council (WSHC) unless specifically requested. This simplifies the administrative process for businesses, allowing them to focus on implementing what they have learned.



The introduction of TEWP and its designation as a replacement for bizSAFE Level 1 underscores the emphasis on leadership's role in workplace safety. By ensuring that top executives have a comprehensive understanding of WSH duties and strategies, the programme aims to foster a culture of safety that permeates every level of the organization. For CEOs and Board Directors, participating in TEWP is not just about regulatory compliance; it's an opportunity to lead by example, enhancing the safety and well-being of their workforce.


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