Who & When to Report
Under the Workplace Safety & Health Act and the Work Injury Compensation Act, work accidents, dangerous occurrences and occupational diseases must be reported to the Ministry of Manpower. Failure to do so as required by the law is an offence.
To find out whether you are required to report incidents, select your role as below:
- I am the employer
- I am the workplace occupier
- I am the treating doctor
- I am the injured / sick employee
For an overview of the reporting requirement for all roles, please refer to the table below:
|Category||What needs to be reported||Who to report||Need to notify MOM as soon as reasonably practicable.
||Need to submit report within 10 days from accident / diagnosis of disease?|
|Work related accident||Employee was injured in accident and:
Yes* ,Within 10 days from the 4th day of medical leave
|Work related accident||A member of public or self employed contractor was injured and
|Disease||Employee contracted an occupational disease in the List of Occupational Diseases
Employee contracted a disease due to work exposure to biological / chemical agent and given MC for more than 3 calendar days (consecutive or otherwise)
Doctor who diagnosed the disease
|Dangerous Occurrence||Any event in the List of Dangerous Occurrences||Workplace Occupier||Yes||
*If the employee subsequently dies from the injury, the employer must notify MOM as soon as he knows of the death.
An employer or occupier who fails to report a work-related accident / an occupational disease as required by law is liable to be:
- Fined up to $5,000 for a first-time offence; or
- Fined up to $10,000 and/or jailed up to six months for subsequent offences
I am the employer
As an employer, you are required by laws to report a work-related accident / an occupational disease to MOM under the following scenarios:
|An employee died in a work-related accident|
An employee was injured in a work-related accident or contracted a disease due to work exposure to biological / chemical agent, and
|An employee contracted an Occupational Disease||Submit incident report online within 10 calendar days of receiving the written diagnosis of the disease.|
- What you should do if you are not the direct employer of the injured person
- Is the employee hired by your sub-contractor? If so, tell your sub-contractor to submit the incident report to MOM.
- Is the injured a self-employed or independent contractor? If so, report the accident to MOM if you are the occupier of the premise
- For a work-related accident involving three or fewer days of MC,
- You remain liable to pay the injured employee his medical leave wages and medical expenses. Click here to know more about Work Injury Compensation.
- You are encouraged to report the work-related accident to MOM if your employee suffers Permanent Incapacity (PI) and wishes to seek permanent incapacity compensation.
What is considered as a "work-related accident"?
It includes the following accidents:
(i) those that happen at the workplace or in the course of work;
(ii) those that are incidental to work, e.g. going to the toilet as well as slipping and falling within the workplace;
(iii) *traffic accident involving a vocational rider/driver in the course of work under WSH (IR) Regulations and
employees commuting to and from work on company transport under WICA; and
(iv) medical conditions such as heart attacks or strokes that may be triggered by work.
* The requirement to report work related accidents is stipulated in two different Acts, the Workplace Safety and Health (WSH) Act and the Work Injury Compensation (WIC) Act. However, the reporting will be done through a single-point incident reporting electronic system, iReport.
Click here to know more about what scenarios should be reported.
I am the workplace occupier
What is a "workplace occupier"?
If the workplace is registered as a factory, the occupier is the company with the certificate of registration or factory permit. In all other workplaces, the workplace occupier is the company that has control of the workplace regardless of whether it is the owner of the premises.
As an occupier, you are required under the Workplace Safety and Health Act to report work-related accident to MOM under the following scenarios:
I am the treating doctor
As the treating doctor, you are required under the Workplace Safety and Health Act to report the diagnosis of an occupational disease to MOM.
|You have diagnosed that an employee (of any company) has contracted an Occupational Disease||Submit incident report online within 10 calender days of diagnosis.
Do also inform the employer of the diagnosis in writing.
- If you are a Designated Workplace Doctor (DWD), in addition to the incident report, please also remember that the Summary Report of Examinations and/or Register of workers exposed to a hazard are to be submitted either by DWD or the company representative.
- If unsure of the diagnosis, you can refer the patient to one of the occupational health clinics listed below.
Hospital / Polyclinic Clinic (by appointment) Contact Number Geylang Polyclinic Occupational Health Clinic 6547 6922 / 6842 2440 Hougang Polyclinic Occupational Health Clinic 6496 6600 Jurong Polyclinic Occupational Health Clinic 6355 3000 National Skin Centre Occupational Dermatoses Clinic 6350 6666 Singapore General Hospital Occupational Lung Clinic 6321 4402 Tan Tock Seng Hospital Occupational Deafness Clinic
Occupational Lung Clinic
Work-related Musculoskeletal Disorder Clinic
- While not required by law, doctors are encouraged to submit an incident report to MOM when they find out that a patient was injured/developed a condition as a result of a work incident. This would enable the Ministry to get in touch with the injured to advise him on work injury compensation.
I am the injured / sick employee
The legal duty falls on your employer to report a work-related accident to MOM. Play your part by informing your employer/supervisor of your work injury/illness immediately on the day of the accident, as well as updating him whenever you are given MCs. This is so that your employer is aware of your accident and is able to notify MOM quickly.
If you wish to, you can also keep MOM informed of your accident by filing a form online.
Click here to find out more about Work Injury Compensation.