Occupational safety and health country profile: Singapore
International labour standards
Ratification of ILO conventions
Database on international labour standards
Provides access to the latest information on ILO international labour standards on OSH (such as ratification information, reporting requirements, comments of the ILO's supervisory bodies, etc.).
Singapore ratified the Promotional Framework for Occupational Safety and Health Convention, 2006 (No. 187) in 2012.
Policies and programmes
A long term approach to achieve sustainable, continuous improvement in OSH. It aims to bring down the national fatality rate to less than 1.8 per 100,000 workers by 2018 and achieve one of the best safety records in the world.
Guides the management of workplace safety and health by all stakeholders – the government, industry, employers, as well as employees. Designed to engender a paradigm shift and ingrain good OSH habits in all individuals at the workplace.
Laws and regulations
The WSH Act is the key legal instrument supporting the OSH framework. It was enacted on 1 March 2006, replacing the Factories Act.
National labour legislation database
Includes abstracts of OSH legislation and citation information. Full text of laws or a relevant source is linked to the records, when available.
Authorities and bodies
The Ministry of Manpower places considerable emphasis on inculcating a culture of safety and health in all workplaces, and reinforcing the message that poor safety management could lead to costly losses. All employees and stakeholders are encouraged to take responsibility for workplace safety and health, and proactively plan to minimise risks. Also, those who create workplace safety and health risks will be held accountable.
Database of labour statistics
Contains annual data collected mainly through the ILO yearly questionnaire. It covers a wide range of topics including occupational injuries.
Information and advisory services
The mission of the WSH Council is to lead industry efforts in strengthening capabilities and building a progressive culture in OSH.
The WSH Institute conducts quality applied research and provides evidence-based information to the Ministry of Manpower, WSH Council and key stakeholders, contributing to the formulation and review of national WSH policies and strategies, adoption of better WSH practices for businesses and raising capabilities of WSH professionals, business leaders and organisations. WSH Institute also anticipates new and emerging trends and risks, and provides an assessment of WSH outlook in Singapore through intelligence sensing and data analysis.