How to Become a Safety Coordinator in Singapore

How to Become a Safety Coordinator in Singapore

If you are interested in becoming a safety coordinator in Singapore, here is what you need to know:

  1. Education and Certification: **

– At a minimum, you should have a Professional Certificate/Nitec or equivalent and an Advanced Certificate in Workplace Safety and Health by BCA. It’s also important to have professional knowledge of Law and regulations (WSH Act and Environment).

  1. Work Experience: **

– A common requirement is having at least 2-3 years of working experience in the construction/manufacturing industry.

  1. Get a WSH Certificate: **

– To obtain a WSH certificate, you need to complete 6 competency modules, including 5 Core modules plus any 1 Elective. The WSQ Certificate in Workplace Safety and Health provides individuals with basic competencies and a head start in WSH as a WSH representative.

  1. Duties of a Safety Coordinator in Singapore (Based on Workplace Safety and Health (Construction) Regulations 2007):**

(1) It shall be the duty of a workplace safety and health co-ordinator appointed under regulation 6(1) in respect of a worksite to:

– (a) Assist the occupier of the worksite to identify any unsafe condition in the worksite or unsafe work practice which is carried out in the worksite;

– (b) Recommend to the occupier of the worksite to implement such reasonably practicable measures to remedy the unsafe condition or unsafe work practice; and

– (c) Assist the occupier of the worksite to implement such reasonably practicable measures referred to in sub-paragraph (b).

(2) Any workplace safety and health co-ordinator who, without reasonable excuse, contravenes paragraph (1) shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $1,000 and, in the case of a second or subsequent offence, to a further fine not exceeding $5,000.

  1. Responsibilities: **

– The responsibilities of a Safety Coordinator can vary depending on the country and industry. Common responsibilities include creating and implementing safety plans, conducting safety observation reports, attending safety walks and inspections, educating employees on safety standards and expectations, providing recommendations for improving safety in the workplace, investigating accidents, maintaining documentation of the company’s safety procedures, and acting as a liaison between management and external safety agencies.

  1. Career Path: **

– The career path for a safety coordinator typically progresses from entry-level to senior-level and lead roles. Salaries can range from $25,000 per year for a Safety Coordinator to higher salaries for more senior positions. Consider gaining more skills and experience to advance in your career.

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