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Singapore: Health and safety

Original and updating author: Ravi Chandran, National University of Singapore

Consultant editor: Julia Yeo, Clyde & Co Clasis Singapore

Summary

  • The Workplace Safety and Health Act is the main overall piece of legislation regulating health and safety, and it covers all workplaces. (See General)
  • Employers and employees have various duties regarding health and safety. (See Duties on employers and employees)
  • Employers must set up a workplace safety and health committee in factories with 50 or more employees. (See Safety representatives)
  • The Commissioner for Workplace Safety and Health is responsible for ensuring compliance with health and safety legislation. (See Enforcement and penalties)
  • An employee who is injured at work or contracts an occupational disease may sue the employer for negligence or may claim statutory work-injury compensation but cannot do both. (See Compensation for occupational injury or illness)