It is a known fact that almost all work activities carry an element of risk, therefore it is unrealistic to expect no possibility of risk occurring. While it is impossible to eliminate all possibilities of risk, there are still measures one can undertake to minimise the possibility of danger. To encourage healthy workplace practices, all employers are required to meet Workplace Safety and Health (WSH) obligations.
If you register a company in Singapore and have decided to begin business operations, here are some factors you should know about WSH obligations:
Work Injury Compensation
To implement a low cost alternative for compensation claims, the Work Injury Compensation Act is implemented in all workplaces. This allows employees to make claims for work-related diseases or injuries that are covered within the act without having to file civil suits.
All employees are covered under WICA regardless of their salary or nationality. Affected employees are capable of claiming for medical expenses, compensations for permanent incapacity or death, and medical leave wages.
Risk management is also another process to implement after successful Singapore company incorporation. Considered one of the requirements in the WSH regulations, risk management is an ideal practice to foster a culture of accident-prevention within the workplace.
Risk management includes:
- Risk assessment of everyday work activities
- Careful surveillance and controlling of potential risks
- Communication of any potential risk to stakeholders
- Preparatory and troubleshooting operations
- Repairing and Regular maintenance
- Identifying hazards, and evaluating risks
New business owners are recommended to attend structured training programs after their Singapore company incorporation has been successful. In addition, ensuring that their employees attend and receive sufficient training can also help improve workplace safety measures as well. Business owners can make use of the WSQ system to look for accredited courses. SkillsConnect is another reliable source to search for approved training organisations.
In addition, employers are also advised to check the past training records of a prospective employee so that they can make sure that the individual is fully trained to meet requirements.
WSH obligations also require that business owners report any work-related accidents. Dangerous occurrences, unsafe acts, occupational diseases, and unsafe working conditions all have to be reported to MOM.
Depending on the type of occurrence, the reporting should be done by the employer, workplace occupier, or doctor within 10 days of the accident occurring. Failing to do so can be counted as an offence, which will result in hefty fines. In other cases, it could also result in a jail sentence of up to 6 months.
Work-related accidents like the injury of an employee that results in hospitalisation (24 hours counting) or MC (more than 3 days) should be reported by the employer via incident report submissions. The incident report should be made within 10 days of the accident occurring or on the 4th day of the individual’s medical leave. The Commissioner must also be notified immediately if the employee subsequently dies from the disease or injury.