WSH Competency Standards
Developing Competencies through Training
Employers are required to ensure that employees of all levels i.e. workers, supervisors, managers, and WSH Personnel possess basic Workplace Safety and Health (WSH) competencies.
WSH competencies enable employees to:
- Recognise potentially hazardous situations;
- Know their responsibilities under the WSH Act; and
- Know their roles in creating safe work conditions.
Such competencies can be developed through formal courses or on-the-job training. More information about the competency standards and training courses are available below:
The Ministry of Manpower (MOM), the Workplace Safety and Health Council (WSHC) and the Singapore Workforce Development Agency (WDA), have developed a set of generic competency standards for employees of all levels.
Generic Competency Standards
The module on generic competency standards, under WDA's Employability Skills System (ESS), is part of the Workforce Skills Qualifications (WSQ) System.
The generic competency standards for employees of various levels are as follows:
Employees should be able to:
- Follow safe work practices and risk control procedures
- Participate in workplace safety and health management activities
- Follow workplace emergency response procedures
Supervisors should be able to:
- Interpret workplace safety and health policies, procedures and programmes
- Educate workers on workplace safety and health policies, procedures and programmes
- Implement and control workplace safety and health management programmes
- Implement workplace risk management programmes
- Maintain workplace risk control measures
Managers should be able to:
- Identify responsibilities under Workplace Safety & Health Act
- Establish and maintain workplace safety and health framework
- Establish and evaluate workplace safety and health system, policies, procedures and programmes
- Establish workplace risk management procedures
- Manage workplace risk control measures